Opportunity to Implement SCIENCE+C Pathway
Science+C enhances three core science courses, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with computational modeling and simulation. Receive free Science+C courses and year-long professional development while participating in National Science Foundation research!
Introduce all your students to computing—and its relevance in science! Teach them valuable skills in problem-solving by using and modifying computer models. Engage them with activities that build and reinforce their science learning at each step. Participate in research activities and be part of a nationwide initiative to design cutting-edge curriculum that helps all students develop skills in computer science.
The Science+C Courses offer multiple benefits:
- The Science+C Pathway embeds computing skill development within the core science courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
- Each course includes units on key science topics while building foundational computer modeling skills. Students learn to use and then modify computational models to explore science concepts and conduct “What if?” experiments to deepen their knowledge. In this way, the curriculum is a tool for facilitating student learning—giving them opportunities to take control of their own learning process.
- The computer modeling tool we use, NetLogo Web, was specifically designed for online use. Student materials will be provided online in digital format, can be used with Google Classroom, and are fully customizable to fit face-to-face, remote, and hybrid learning.
- No previous computational modeling experience is required! The project includes yearlong professional development to prepare teachers to use best practices for integrating models and modeling into their science classrooms.
- Ongoing support and professional development by experienced Science+C teachers and co-designers will be available during implementation of Science+C units.
- Teachers and students will be important contributors to research on the curriculum, via knowledge and unit assessments that will be useful to teachers as well.
- Participating schools will receive the courses and ongoing professional development for free.
- Teachers will receive a stipend for their participation.
Teachers, superintendents, principals, and science coordinators/department chairs, complete the application form to express interest in the program. The form is not a commitment; we will follow up to provide you with more information.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Education Development Center (EDC) have partnered to bring this opportunity to MA high schools, with support from the National Science Foundation’s STEM+C program. The Science+C pathway is based on the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science and Science and Technology Engineering frameworks, and on the Next Generation Science Standards.
Participating teachers and students will play an important role in helping to study the impact of the program. Knowledge assessments will help both teachers and researchers understand how the integration of computational modeling helps students deepen their science learning. All enrolled teachers will receive the Science+C program, with teachers randomly assigned into two groups to implement the curriculum in either the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 school year.