Hard Science Rules in Maryland Cooperative

Following the blurb from a private tutor organization on the dangers of homeschool cooperatives, Maryland’s Gazette highlighted a new co-op started out by a couple of science-powered mamas.

Cheverly home-schoolers branch out with STEM program
Once-a-week co-op offers science, engineering, computer classes By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

The Cheverly STEM Education Center is the brainchild of two home-schooling parents — former private school chemistry teacher Ann Caldwell and retired civil engineer Jeanne Robinson, both of Cheverly.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Despite her science background, Caldwell said, it was difficult to teach science when there are only three students — her children, who are ages 8, 11 and 13.

“It’s kind of like having a PE class for one,” she said. “You need other kids to make it work.”

If you build it, they will come.  This co-op is just one example of countless innovations making home education work for so many.


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