KnowAtom puts all the pieces together for teachers— complete STEM curriculum designed to help educators confidently teach state and Next Generation Science Standards.
First, it’s complete: a full-year curriculum with everything teachers need to teach STEM and align with NGSS.
But even more importantly, KnowAtom is the total package in more ways than one. We’re all about mastery—not simply fostering awareness, introducing students to knowledge (like a simple textbook would), or even boosting performance. Our curriculum is designed to help students develop real skills, ask and answer questions, and solve problems, in any context. That’s real-life learning that’s transferrable from STEM to college, career and beyond!
By helping students be truly, deeply involved. We use real-world examples and hands-on investigations that teach problem solving, not just science and engineering. This builds higher-order thinking and helps teachers engage students more thoughtfully. If you ask our students though, they’ll tell you it’s fun, and if fun doesn’t get kids excited about learning, we’re not sure what does.
It’s a popular link to make—one we believe in as well. With its thorough questioning and active exploration, its creativity and rigor, and the higher order thinking skills it fosters, STEM helps us think more critically, analyze more thoroughly, and thus create and consume art more deeply.
Through tailored professional development and simple collaboration. KnowAtom’s platform approach creates a common language between teachers and schools. It’s designed specifically to align to state and Next Generation Science standards, so it’s a quick and effective way to meet those requirements. And it improves student performance—most of our schools see gains in their standardized test scores. We also offer professional development workshops that help teachers create inquiry-based learning environments that really stimulate discussion and get results.
KnowAtom curriculum is carefully aligned to state and Next Generation Science Standards and has a systematic approach that builds unit to unit. The curriculum also gives teachers the tools to test, including summative and formative assessments that evaluate understanding of both standards-specific vocabulary and bigger concepts. Read about what KnowAtom is doing in schools all over the U.S.
KnowAtom is unique in many way, but it’s still a curriculum and will be familiar in that respect. We do recommend teachers participate in at least one professional development session before taking KnowAtom live in classrooms, however.
We want students to connect personally with the concepts they learn. By giving them multiple real-world tools and mixing familiar and unfamiliar materials (cups and toothpicks with multimeters and infrared thermometers, for example), students get the chance to conduct their own investigations, prototype solutions and solve problems via their own experiments. It’s invaluable, and a huge part of a philosophy that puts students in the driver’s seat by making them real engineers and scientists every day.
Absolutely. If anything, KnowAtom gets out of the way of teachers’ creativity by giving them everything they need to prepare for class, leaving them time and brain power to think—and teach—creatively.
No way. We bring science to life in a real-world lab atmosphere and teaching what’s relevant to students through the well-defined models for the scientific and engineering design process. This prepares students to tackle complex questions and solve problems—and that’s what raises test scores.
KnowAtom creates transferrable skills—problem-solving and higher order thinking—that carry a learner from school to college to career
Each unit includes clear suggestions for ways to differentiate instruction, our lab atmosphere creates collaboration, and our lessons use all different modes of learning, from visual to kinesthetic to auditory. All in all, KnowAtom offers great opportunity for personalized instruction, as students contribute individually and as part of a team. And with planning and resources taken care of, teachers have more time to engage learners individually, too.
Yes. Contact us for more information about how you can start using KnowAtom in your school or district.