Next Generation Science
Never before has our world been so complex and science knowledge so critical. Science understanding is key to comprehending current events, choosing and using technology, or making informed decisions about healthcare. All students – whether they become technicians in a hospital, workers in high-tech manufacturing, or science researchers – need a solid science education.
In 2013, new science standards were adopted for California’s K-12 public schools. These Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are rich in content and practice. They are arranged across disciplines and grade levels to give all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
On November 3rd, the State Board of Education voted to approve the new science framework, making California the first state to officially have a framework based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Having a framework in place is a huge step for California in modernizing and overhauling science education.Click here to learn more about this significant change in science education.
"Even as we’re wading into the weeds of what three dimensional lessons look like, how we’re going to incorporate engineering, and what the role of those crosscutting concepts really is, let’s take time to look at the big picture of who we want our science students to become."
In this blog post, SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht discusses the important role science can play in our civic landscape.
Professional Development at SCOE
- Buck Institute: Learn how to use cartooning to teach science | Flier | Sign-up Form
- Implementing NGSS: FOSS California K–5 Summer Institute 2017 | July 25–27, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Flier
- The 2017 STEM Gravity Race Car Challenge is a STEM education collaboration between Kid Scoop News, Sonoma Raceway, and Friedman’s Home Improvement.
- Pepperwood Reserve is offering a free workshop on citizen science in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Education. See the flier for the Feb. 15th, 3-hour workshop. Teachers will receive a $150 stipend to attend.
- Green Ninja, an organization that builds curriculum that inspires students to design a more sustainable world,is now offering a middle school NGSS learning sequence that integrates Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science and Engineering Design into a fun and engaging semester. A summary of the standards covered and outline of each Unit is given here.
- STEAM ENGINE is a collaboration between Buck Institute researchers and local science teachers. The program consists of a summer workshop in which teachers learn about the research programs at the Buck Institute and then a series of Saturday seminars during the school year with topics of high interest to teachers and students. Learn more.
- Buck Institute Field Trips
- LiMPETS, Long-term Monitoring Program & Experimental Training for Students
- Sonoma County Astronomical Society
- KQED Quest
- Expanding Your Horizons - Sonoma County (Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers)
- Sustainable North Bay Youth Summit
- Sacramento Area Science Project Open Summer Institute | Registration
- The Resilience Rising Academy's mission is to educate and empower emerging leaders to expand their capacity for leadership, social change, and community transformation. Learn more:
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Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP)
Attention, high school juniors: Are you passionate about science? Would you like to get paid to spend the summer at Sonoma State University researching a topic like cancer therapy; how to improve healthcare for the uninsured in Sonoma County; how mussels respond to environmental changes; or designing a 3D printable spectrometer while under the mentorship of a professor? The SHIP program, a collaboration between SCOE and Sonoma State University’s School of Science and Technology, matches top high school juniors with SSU faculty mentors who are conducting research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Participating students earn a $1,000 stipend and have the opportunity to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities while interacting with faculty and SSU students in the university environment.
Resource Materials from Past Trainings
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp, March 10 and 11, 2016 | Additional Materials on Sequencing
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp presentation, December 3, 2015
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades K-6, Sept. 22, 2015
Additional Resources from Arthur Beauchamp Presentation
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades 6-12, Sept. 21, 2015
NGSS for Grades 9-12, March 3-4, 2015
NGSS for Grades 6-8, Jan 27-28, 2015
NGSS for Grades K-5, Jan 12-13, 2015
NGSS Overview, Oct 27, 2014