A group of students and faculty members at a Lompoc Valley high school are helping pioneer the ways in which science will soon be taught in schools around the state.

The Cabrillo High School science department underwent an overhaul this summer to become one of the first in the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards that will soon be implemented statewide. The changes, which were introduced less than a month ago at the start of the new school year, promote more hands-on learning and allow teachers to introduce students to more robust content.

Although the updated curriculum has only been in place for a few weeks, teachers at the school are excited about what’s ahead.

Chris Ladwig, a science teacher at Cabrillo, said the old science standards were based on testing and essentially amounted to students memorizing lists of facts.
Click here to read the full story in the Santa Maria Times (September 2, 2017)

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