Students at Headland Elementary School are seeing math and science in a whole new light thanks to the Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative.
"Teaching our children to think and to be problem solvers and to be proud to find their own way to solve a problem and defend how they solved that problem instead of just learning two plus two is four how did you get there," said Carmen Neiswanger, assistant principal at Headland Elementary School.
Educators say timing to see how fast a student can finish a multiplication table is not going to help students. Actually understanding the process behind the answer is more beneficial.
"We are really trying to make math meaningful and ask meaningful questions that will help build their knowledge and get them involved and interested in what they have to learn," said Emily Nesiba, teacher at Headland Elementary School.
And science will not only be taught from textbooks. Students are also growing plants and learning about marine life.
"And for the science they supply everything we have plants we have animals our teachers get a kit with everything they need it is absolutely wonderful," said Neiswanger.
"We are really trying to get the kids involved in the learning we are getting them hands-on manipulative and tools to give them the knowledge that they need to solve problems," said Nesiba.
Students are excited about the new program.
"They love it they feel like they are the teacher and they are the ones that get to share the knowledge and be able to touch the tools and use the tools that we are using," said Nesiba.
Research from AMSTI shows reading scores also go up because it's tied into science and math.
Headland elementary school is having an AMSTI parents night on September 30th.