With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards across the state of California, there have been a number of instructional shifts that have occurred as a result of the 3-dimensional learning promoted through these standards. Each Next Generation Science Standard has three learning dimensions: a Disciplinary Core Idea, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. These standards promote a classroom that is student-centered, driven by scientific inquiry, and promotes learning content through experimentation and exploration activities. In total, there are 8 Science and Engineering Practices:
1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems
2. Developing and Using Models
3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence
8. Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information
In helping to fully embrace the science and engineering practices, students must be able to produce data that can be analyzed to derive meaning. Data patterns and trends are not always obvious for any scientist, so a number of different tools are utilized to make meaning of their data. Modern technology has made collecting data much easier and the analysis of it far more impactful, as students are now able to make comparisons of data sets easier than ever before.
It with the support of an Excellence in Education Grant, that I hope to expand on our collection of probeware sensors from Vernier at NTHS. Vernier offers a number of different sensor options for student use, which open more possibilities with data collection and analysis for students. Specifically, I am hoping to use this grant to obtain Temperature Sensors, pH Sensors, Conductivity Sensors and Melt Stations, which will greatly enhance our lab program for Chemistry and AP Chemistry at NTHS. These Go Direct Sensors connect wirelessly through Bluetooth to our students Chromebooks or wired via USB.