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Science Education

What is Science?

The following information should be of help to teachers, parents, and students. One of the greatest problems in science education centers on this lack of understanding by the general public.

Science teachers teach about science concepts in their classrooms, but rarely do they take time to help students understand what science is and what it is not. The New Hampshire Framework for Science Literacy contains information about what science is and it is intended that teachers will take time to repeatedly help students understand the nature of science. The business of science is to develop theories based on natural explanations about how the natural world works.

Students need to realize how the scientific processes are used to acquire new knowledge. The best way for them to do this is to spend time using scientific inquiry, experimentation, discussing data, drawing inferences based on data, and writing conclusions based on evidence. These processes should be practiced in every science course at every science level. It is also desirable that students be aware of past scientific works that formed the basis for the development of present theories, and the fact that scientific theories are built on the sequential work of many scientists over time.

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. This program is offered on an award basis, and is presented at no cost to the participants.

Applications for the camp are open to high school seniors who must graduate by June 30 and be ready to begin camp in late June. Interested students should review the requirements and expectations for successful submission. Online applicatoins are open for submission for a limited window early in the calendar year. The Camps run from late June through late July 20. Applicants must commit to attend the entire camp.

More information about the program can be found on the National Youth Science Camp Web site.

Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.

New Hampshire Real World Design Challenge Teacher Training and Coordination

Curriculum and Assessment Resources and Organizations
eMSS - Mathematics and Science Mentoring Program NH Envirothon Coordinator
Grade Level Expectations Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  NH Environmental Literacy Plan
Grade Span Expectations Request for Proposal

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Science should not be approached as a collection of isolated abilities and bits of information, but as a rich fabric of mutually supported ideas and skills that must develop overtime. From primary school to high school what students learn should build on what they learned before, makes sense in terms of what else they are learning, and prepare them for what they will learn next. This framework looks at how kids perceive and interact with the world.

Resources for Science and Mathematics

Sample Student Choice Policy (suggested guidance on developing a policy allowing student choice when lessons involve working with animals)

Next Generation Science Standards

Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

New Hampshire Science Teacher Association

National Science Teacher's Association

Science Curriculum and Assessment Information NH Science and Engineering Expo
New Hampshire Science Safety Pre-Training Survey Math/Science Partnership Grant Projects

2011 Math/Science Partnership RFP

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