connecting the dots for research-driven education
We support STEM education through:
  • grant writing and development
  • curriculum development
  • research & evaluation
  • professional development

Educational Evaluation, Development, and Consulting

Our Mission is to support kids and teachers as they learn to do authentic science, engineering, mathematics, and computing. Kids everywhere should have the chance to put learning into practice with fun, engaging experiences. 

We design, evaluate, and improve learning materials and environments for PreK-8 children and their teachers, using an engineering process: investigate the needs of the end users, explore possible designs, create and test materials in real-world learning settings, evaluate their efficacy with a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, decide how best to improve... and test again!  

Whether you need an experienced evaluator to give detailed feedback on your program or project, or assistance with a grant proposal, or research-based curriculum design to meet a specific goal... we can help.

Cathy P. Lachapelle, PhD

Cathy started observing kids and teachers learn how to use computers and do mathematics, engineering, and science back in 1994, when she worked on teams researching how kids learn from authentic projects. Since then, she's led research and evaluation for an engineering curriculum development project for kids in preschool through middle school. Cathy LOVES contributing her analytic skills to the development of high-quality materials for kids and teachers.

Carolyn DeCristofano, MEd

For over twenty-five years, Carolyn has focused on creating STEM and multi-disciplinary experiences for various learners -- museum visitors, K-8 teachers, and their students—with an emphasis on a design cycle that is grounded in field tests. Her projects have included curriculum, exhibit, and program development and educational research, with extensive experience in teacher education rounding out her experiences. Carolyn is also a children’s nonfiction author. With these diverse projects, she empowers learners by helping them connect to content, make sense of it, and respond to the world in personal and creative ways.