Our solution to this situation was to create 4 GASS packages for select P5, P6 and M1 topics. These packages are STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) based and we tell teachers “you can do STEAM with GASS”. Our goal with these packages is to create BZS staff/public school teacher partnerships in order to try to enhance student achievement and collect meaningful data. Each package contains key concepts and vocabulary, a pre-topic and post-topic assessment so we can measure student learning, an outline of our BZS class, and a variety of follow-up activities to help teachers engage students further and increase student retention of the material.
We piloted our first GASS package – P6 Food Chains – this fall with 6 classes at 5 public primary schools and the results were quite promising. The average percent correct on the post-assessment by class was 83.1% and, for the 5 classes that gave the pre-assessment at or near the beginning of the topic, the average percent improvement per student by class was 22.6%. We have since delivered the M1 Classification package to 11 classes from 3 middle schools and are anxiously awaiting the results! We are also hoping to receive data from checkpoint or end-of-term exams to look at long-term retention. We will evaluate and revise the packages as needed and hope to be adding more GASS packages in the future!