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R&D Programs

Browse BSCS Science Learning's robust R&D Programs and current projects below.

Featured Programs

STeLLA: Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis

Instructional Materials DevelopmentTeacher Professional LearningLeadership DevelopmentResearch

BSCS Science Learning has developed a nationally-recognized program for teacher learning called STeLLA ® , Science Teachers Learning from Lesson…

Towards a More Humane Genetics Education

ResearchTeacher Professional LearningInstructional Materials Development

Racism is a serious problem in the United States. Research has shown that the biology curriculum can affect how students think about race.

OpenSciEd Developers Consortium

Instructional Materials DevelopmentTeacher Professional Learning

OpenSciEd The OpenSciEd initiative was launched by a consortium of funders led by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to address a critical need in…



What works best for teachers and students in science education interventions? Statistics can provide some insight—but only if interpreted in context…

Current Projects

PCK*lex and ArguLex


Constructed-response assessments, in which students use their own language to demonstrate knowledge, are widely viewed as providing greater insight…

Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning: Rebuilding and Researching an Online Middle School Science Curriculum to Support the NGSS

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Middle school science teachers are always searching for professional learning (PL) opportunities and classroom curricula that are NGSS aligned. But…

Developing Skills in Health Literacy

Instructional Materials Development

Health-related information from family, friends, social media, and the internet bombard our lives every day. We make decisions as consumers about…

Extending and Investigating the Impact of the High School Model-based Educational Resource (MBER)

Instructional Materials DevelopmentResearch

Current research suggests that scientific models can help teachers transform their science instruction and enhance student learning. This premise…

Data Nuggets


What exactly does a scientist do? How does she collect information and make sense of it all? Data Nuggets, a four-year research project between…

Assessing Students’ Progress on the Energy Concept Using Three-Dimensional Items (ASPECt-3D)

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) identifies three equally important dimensions to learning science: science and engineering practices…

Planting Science: Digging Deeper Together

Teacher Professional LearningResearch

Plants are all around us. They are essential to our existence. Yet despite their ubiquity, how many science teachers truly understand plant biology…