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Helping Teachers Approach Next Generation Science Standards

As administrators and school boards around the country consider the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Science Buddies is helping teachers begin ramping up, now, for some of the ways in which traditional classroom science projects and assignments may change.

Scientific method and engineering design charts

Side-by-side Comparison

Science Buddies teacher resources and blog posts help teachers prepare to incorporate the engineering design process more widely in their classes.

Rhode Island, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, and California are among the small handful of states that have already adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a set of standards for teaching science that were finalized last April. As states continue to evaluate the standards, and as adopting states begin to put together roadmaps for implementation, teachers around the U.S. will find themselves hearing more about the engineering design process.

The following Science Buddies posts are designed to help teachers think about the new cohabitation of scientific method and engineering design processes both conceptually and through concrete, side-by-side, comparison of the methods and what it means to have a student complete a project following one approach versus the other:

How will you approach the incorporation of engineering design in your classroom? Do you already teach the engineering method? Email us at blog@sciencebuddies.org and let us know.



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An unusual caterpillar brings lots of "eeeews!" and one contribution to a citizen science project. Discover how anyone can collaborate on serious scientific research.

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UC Berkeley Professor Dan Garcia talks about the kind of "drag-and-drop," block-based, snap-together programming environments that are becoming increasingly popular as a way to introduce students of all ages to code.

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With a smorgasbord of fun, engaging, playful, and puzzling modules available as part of the Hour of Code initiative, kids can experiment with programming basics and sample Javascript, Python, Ruby, and more.

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The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest gives U.S. secondary public schools a chance to use STEM to help address problems affecting their students and communities--and a chance at a share of $2 million in technology.



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