The Howard B. Owens Science Center (HBOSC), a 27,500 square-foot facility owned and operated by the Prince George's County Public Schools, has as its mission to provide excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through student-centered programs and services. The Center seeks to provide students in grades Pre-K through 12 with opportunities to participate in unique activity-based instruction. Our staff of teachers practices their craft from teacher-developed curriculum materials that approach STEM literacy from the perspective of developmental, exploratory learning. Hands-on, data-intensive activities provide students with experiences in physics, chemistry, physiology, biology, space science education, paleontology, meteorology, optics, nutrition, computer science, and astronomy. Teachers on-site continuously develop new programs and update current offerings. HBOSC serves as an extension of the classroom, designing, supporting, and augmenting classroom activities as they relate to science instruction.
It is becoming increasingly important that we develop a citizenry adept at accessing and utilizing the results of technology for professional, community, and personal use. Knowing where to find information and how to use the technology that provides access to it will be important skills as we move to a more global society. The development of informed decision-makers is critical to individual and national success.