Active Science Learning 

Professional Development and Support for Hands-on Science 


Charlie Hutchison Selected NJ 4-H Educator of the Year
Charlie (right) received the 2015 4-H Educator of the Year Award from The New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents for his “outstanding professional educational support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.” In conferring the award, the Association commented that, “It is clear that Charlie Hutchison’s effective teaching and professional development efforts have had a significant impact on the New Jersey 4-H Program and that the foundational science and engineering facilitation skills he developed in 4-H staff and volunteers continue to impact partnering afterschool providers and 4-H Science programs."

About ASL Services

© 2015 Active Science Learning (ASL)

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Active Science Learning [ASL]advises and trains school districts and afterschool agencies to improve the quality, rigor and scope of hands-on, minds-on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] programs for elementary and middle school students. ASL can help you:


  • Set program goals and objectives

  • Select the right curriculum for your situation and budget

  • Train your staff to implement the program effectively

  • Evaluate impacts on student attitudes and skills.


Active Science (also known as Inquiry or project-based science) should be playful, relaxed and creative -- but it is still a disciplined and thoughtful enterprise. ASL will recommend interesting, age appropriate and affordable projects that will be challenging and rewarding for all of your students, and we will train your afterschool staff and classroom teachers to adopt the widely recognized best practices for leading such projects well. When all the pieces are in place, active science makes gives students ownership of (and makes them responsible for) their own learning, while providing just enough structure and guidance to keep them focused and successful. Active science encourages a love of learning for its own sake. It nurtures creativity, collaborative problem solving and critical thinking. Active Science Learning gives students the first hand "life experience" necessary to develop a healthy skepticism about their own and others' assertions and scientific claims.