Why Do I Need to
Know This?


Have you ever had a student ask, "Why do I need to know this?" Research has shown that when students are interested, they are motivated. When they are motivated, they achieve. Activate Learning's research-based and phenomenon-driven science programs spark student interest through the use of personally relevant and consequential investigations and projects. These experiences provide a driving mechanism for student questions and sensemaking. They address common student questions by providing numerous opportunities for student exploration.

Digital Editions with LMS Integration

(Also available in Print)

All programs are available in digital and print. Our Interactive Digital Editions integrate with several LMS systems, to include: Google Classroom, Clever, Schoology, Canvas and Classlink. These integrations help teachers as they adapt to the challenges of remote teaching. LMS integration includes grade passback.

Click the link here to view the integration video for Google Classroom, Canvas or Schoology.


Grades K-5

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. Spanish version coming soon!


OpenSciEd Certified digital curriculum, print, classroom kits, and professional learning services.

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Grades 6-8

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 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.

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Grades 9-12


Active Physics® is based on the research on how students learn—encapsulated in the 7E Instructional Model (elicit, engage, explore, explain, elaborate, extend, evaluate). As a result, Active Physics provides ALL students with a deep and memorable learning experience.


Active Chemistry® 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.


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.

Activate Learning
Digital Platform

Start by watching this video to understand how to navigate our interactive digital platform (using IQWST as an example) from the perspective of both the teacher and the student.

To request a FREE digital access trial, please contact Cynthia Weller below.

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Professional Learning

Activate Learning offers professional development support based on goals for teacher learning. We provide several opportunities for teachers to examine the chosen materials, understand how the curriculum design works, and analyze an array of instructional practices and strategies that foster meaningful student engagement. Click the link below to learn more.

Thank you for your time.

Thank you Iowa educators for taking the time to review our K-12 inquiry-based science programs. Click the button to the left to access my contact page.

- Cynthia Weller