STEMTEC will recruit and support curriculum teams to develop new and modified science and math courses. These will
employ cooperative learning, investigation-based teaching, educational technology, new assessment techniques, and
opportunities to teach. All five approaches provide opportunities for active learning, and are solidly based on experience and
educational research. Underlying these approaches is the concept of constructivism: students come with a set of experiences
and cognitive structures through which they interpret their environment. If new information is to be part of a learner's
framework, and not added on and easily forgotten, the learner must fit this knowledge into his or her existing framework.