Developed by UChicago STEM Education, Activate Learning PRIME® (AL PRIME) is the product of a rigorous iterative development process by an author team comprised of both content and classroom specialists and is designed to be educative for elementary school teachers, as well as for students. The program engages children in learning science by doing science, with a focus on developing discourse and critical thinking skills alongside disciplinary content knowledge and science and engineering practices to help students make sense of engaging hands-on explorations.
IQWST® (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), which transforms adolescents into scientists, was developed over a decade by science education, literacy, and learning science specialists from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. Students investigate questions relevant to their lives by conducting investigations; collecting and analyzing data; developing and using models to explain phenomena, and engaging in argument from evidence, all in a literacy and discourse-rich environment.
OpenSciEd was created to address the ongoing need for materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provide students with a curriculum where they learn and value science. Students need opportunities to experience the work of science by performing as scientists and engineers. OpenSciEd’s instructional model offers all students the opportunity to bring their observations and questions to the learning at hand. The quality of OpenSciEd materials has been recognized by NextGenScience at WestEd who have evaluated all OpenSciEd released units using the EQuIP rubric and given them a quality rating.
EarthComm® is a comprehensive, project-based, secondary level Earth and space sciences program. It includes student learning materials, teacher resources, teacher-support networks, and assessment tools. EarthComm also features a robust Web site filled with student and teacher resources regularly updated by AGI.
Active Physical Science® fosters scientifically literate students who will be prepared for the workforce, able to make informed decisions, and contribute as productive citizens in the 21st century. A full-year, NSF-funded curriculum that embraces the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for ALL students.
Thank you for your time
As a former K-8 District Science Director, I appreciate the time you have given to ensure Alabama students receive high-quality science materials. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
- Tracy Marmolejo, Professional Development Manager