Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on empowering educators to design inquiry-based learning experiences that engage students in thinking and acting like scientists. We offer K-12 student programs, professional development and instructional tools and resources to help create classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

VAEI is dedicated to strengthening science education through programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities across the entire educational spectrum.

To expand our reach, we created NexGen Inquiry– a web-based instructional platform that engages teachers and students in science and engineering practices to support NGSS implementation and the development of 21st Century skills.