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Teaching K-12 Scinece and Engineering During A Crisis

 
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preK-12 Science Facilitator

Catherine Pozarski Connolly

 
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Next Generation Science Standards

Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.

 

Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
When these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them.

Science and Engineering Practices

Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concepts.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.

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Projects

For more information or to get involved, contact Catherine Connolly

Nevada CONNECTS: 

The goal of Nevada CONNECTS is to create a set of standards-aligned, locally-based, performance tasks for every grade, K-12, by partnering educators with Subject-Matter-Experts (SMEs). These performance tasks would be available for all K-12 teachers in Nevada as examples of high-quality tasks that teachers will be able to use and adapt as needed for their students.

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Northwestern Nevada STEM Network

The Regional Network will serve as the clearinghouse for identifying and scaling up quality STEM pipeline programming and be the "one stop shop" for all in the region. Through this effort we will increase student STEM engagement, support a STEM-literate workforce, and build community around the opportunity that STEM brings. The Northwest Regional STEM Network is made up of schools, colleges and universities, libraries, businesses, and informal educators in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe Counties.

The California Association for Science Educators (CASE) and the Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA) gathered a subcommittee of rural educators to assist in the development of a survey to determine if the science education needs of rural educators in both state were being met. The organizations decided that rural educators should play a role in the development of the survey.

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A World in Motion: Tesla Sponsored Engineering Kits from SAE

SAE INTERNATIONAL and Tesla will work together to impact up to 25,000 kindergarten through eighth grade  students in Nevada by implementing SAE’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) STEM Program. The hands-on and  innovative AWIM program will be introduced in classrooms across the state and provide students with access  to mobility industry professionals and university students who are pursuing more advanced studies. Contact Catherine Connolly for more information or to get involved!

 
 

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