The Carter Science Institute was created to fill a gap in science education. The National Center for Education Statistics states that there are approximately 50.1 million students in public elementary and secondary schools with an estimated additional 4.9 million students attending private institutions. However, only approximately 81% of these students will graduate on time with a regular diploma, and less than 70% of those graduates will go on to attend college. Many corporations are choosing not to hire US graduates, instead looking to foreign students to fill their job openings, and its no wonder. The results of the 2012 PISA (Program for International Student Achievement) ranked US students 27th in science and 35th in math out of the 64 countries that took part in the exam.
Hands-on experiences and laboratory explorations, in conjunction with practicing verbal and written communication, are the keys to building the subject-matter knowledge and collaboration skills critical in tomorrow's leaders.