New State Science Test Poses Challenges for Students, Teachers

Imagine you have to take a big state science test. It’s full of questions about life science, earth science, physics and chemistry. But wait — you haven’t taken all those courses in high school yet. That’s what some high school students and younger kids, in Kern County and across the state, may face when they… Read more »

Science Classes Come Alive in Local Schools

Local students aren’t learning science by the book anymore. Instead of memorizing facts or filling out worksheets, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students are building their own solar water heaters or extracting DNA from strawberries. The projects serve as a jumping-off point for collecting and analyzing data, making graphs and writing about concepts. After… Read more »

How Do We Get Middle School Students Excited About Science? Make It Hands-On

Eighth-grader Liam Bayne has always liked math and science — that’s one reason his family sent him to The Alternative School For Math and Science (ASMS). But he was surprised and excited when his sixth-grade science class started each new topic with experimentation, not lecture or textbook learning. “I was really excited because the first thing… Read more »

Utah Parents and Residents Criticize Proposed Classroom Science Guidelines on Evolution and Climate Change

Nearly every person who grabbed the microphone at a state education hearing Tuesday night offered a different reason why they believed the proposed standards for teaching Utah students about science were faulty, inaccurate or skewed. The public meeting Tuesday was the final of six for Utah parents and teachers to comment on the science standards… Read more »

Forum on the Road: Checking In on Next Generation Science Standards

Listen to this special forum by KQED radio that gives an update on the Next Generation Science Standards, how they are changing what goes on in the classroom, and what the challenges are to implementation. (please note a news segment leads the program) Guests: Rob Semper, executive associate director and director of Program, Exploratorium; member, National… Read more »

Norwalk High Chemistry Teacher Finds Winning Formula

Norwalk (Connecticut) High School teacher Samantha DeMatteo is on a quest to make chemistry less scary, teaching hands-on lessons with real-world applications. She’s teaching her students about stains and how to most effectively remove them using different cleaning products. DeMatteo distributed T-shirts stained with chocolate, hot sauce and tea and asked students to determine why… Read more »

Science Curriculum Reviews Are Out, and Results Aren’t Great

The first independent review to weigh whether new science curriculum series are truly aligned to a set of national standards was issued this morning—and mostly, the materials fell well short of expectations. Four of the series—Discovery’s Science Techbook, Carolina Biological Supply Company’s Science and Technology Concepts, and two versions of Teachers’ Curriculum Institute’s Bring Science… Read more »

NGSS Science Promotes Phenomena-Based Learning

An emerging science concept called phenomena-based learning—backed by the NGSS—taps into students’ natural desire to make sense of their world. This approach encourages students to observe natural phenomena, such as a rising tide or a glass shattered by sound. They can then investigate why it occurs. Students also learn that the approach mirrors how actual scientists… Read more »

Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

A nonprofit working on open-source curriculum that aligns with state standards is the latest development in the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 10-year effort to improve science education in the United States. OpenSciEd, the new nonprofit, and the decade-long journey that led to its founding lend insight into how one of the oldest foundations in… Read more »