Fostering STEM Excellence
Some argue that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy is a prerequisite for all. We don’t disagree. We understand that increasing global economic integration increases economic competitiveness and places greater demands for educational attainment and skills development in STEM areas upon young people. Students no longer compete to become scientists and engineers with peers from neighboring states but from other countries. Similarly, geography, markets and regulations no longer shield inventors and innovators and their companies as they seek to secure first mover advantage within industries.
We can ask fearfully: ‘will our children will be prepared to compete’ and ‘what can we do to ensure their competitiveness’? Asking the questioning differently produces greater possibility: ‘how do we seek to ensure that young people thrive within this setting’? Maybe, it’s semantics, but our work suggests that the two questions lead to distinct solutions. Our mission, vision and values help convey our position.
Ti2’s mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. We strive for STEM education excellence through inspired teaching, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on innovating. Why? Understanding how and why science, engineering and technology will continue to transform young people's lives will make them at home in a world that we can only imagine. The creative and critical thinking skills young people develop through this learning ensure their ability to anticipate change, adapt to it, if not invent its drivers.
We seek to encourage young people to be inspired, compelled, and excited to develop the skills to understand and shape their world. And, our work suggests that we know how to do so.
Our Vision and Values
Confirmed by research and experience, Ti2's core principles are:
Successful teaching and learning is a reciprocal learning experience guided by mutual respect and inspired by curiosity.
Effective learning involves understanding cognitive development and variations in learning style. Curriculum development and implementation need to reflect this awareness.
Demanding curriculum can and should be rewarding for all students, for children are far more capable than typically acknowledged.
Culture and environment must reflect and reinforce vision and values.
Bright, confident and successful young people should be our legacy, as their future is our responsibility.
We recognize that joyful learning creates the strongest bonds between learning and achievement. We believe that it results in an enduring drive to explore, create and innovate.
We believe in your children.
About Our Approach
Ti2 is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers by having young people (ages 5-17) learn alongside our team of professional research scientists and engineers. These passionate instructors serve as learning facilitators, role models and informal mentors. Their training and career trajectories engage student curiosity and deepen student commitment to learning.
Instructors balance hands-on science lab experiments and engineering design challenges with round-table discussion. They use an inquiry-based approach across these formats to empower students to lead their own learning.
A culture of science and engineering permeates all activities and interactions at Ti2. Our four well-equipped labs reflect and reinforce this culture. They also signify the emphasis on experiential learning and our confidence in the abilities of young people to undertake serious learning joyfully.