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ABOUT FIRSTHAND LEARNING, INC.

Firsthand Learning, Inc. is a New York nonprofit corporation founded in 1998 to promote inquiry-based teaching, learning from direct experience, and closer links between cultural institutions and schools. To this end, FHL designs and implements curriculum materials and professional development programs that emphasize direct, firsthand experiences with natural and cultural phenomena. The organization is an outgrowth of the work of the former Center for Science Education at the Buffalo Museum of Science where several of Firsthand Learning's projects originated.

Mission
The mission of Firsthand Learning, Inc. is to promote the process of scientific inquiry as a vehicle for learning. We believe that most learners acquire and retain new knowledge most effectively when it derives from firsthand experience. Such learning makes people think for themselves rather than relying solely on the authority of teachers and textbooks. Our materials and programs are designed to assist classroom teachers and informal educators to design programs and pedagogical environments that promote learning from direct experience and original sources. By taking part in these programs, participants learn about the processes of scientific inquiry. Learning to think scientifically is the primary goal of our curriculum materials and our professional development experiences for teachers.

Board of Directors
Peter Dow, Chairman
Kristen Gasser
David Hartney, President
Sam Alessi, Secretary
James Magavern, Esq.
Patricia McGlashan
Eileen Scannell
Richard Sherrill, Treasurer

Firsthand Learning Staff
Michelle DeFrancesco, Director of Operations
David Hartney, President
Ni Hulme, Inquiry Center Assistant
Anthony Spivey, Science Materials Center Supervisor

TEAM Buffalo Science Developer/Facilitators
Adam Augustyn
Richard Baldon
Michael Barnes
Sheana Benton
Michael Biles
Danielle Blackburn
Tara Cicatello
Michael Cochran
Jackquline Fambo
Linda Garrett
Dashawn Hill
Lakia Johnson
Marriam Kiani
Kayla Lasota
Ashee Long
Malika Moses
Dement Ormond
Adam Parulski
Michael Pierson, Jr.
Tyshawn Prude
Tyus Robinson
Jasmin Rosboro
Kristoffer Singletary
Raquan Williams

Object Lessons National Advisory Committee
& Object Lessons Evaluators