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Educator Resource Center


Welcome to the Educator Resource Center — where you will discover resources to support classroom instruction, professional learning, leadership work, and citizen science efforts.



Bacteria and face of a coyote.

BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life

Classroom Instruction

Our new program, BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life, is designed to prepare high students for life in our complex, interconnected world.

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Engineering in the Garden

Classroom InstructionProfessional Learning

Engineering in the Garden is a free resource designed to help students address real world issues that arise in school gardens through engineering.

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Making Evidence-Driven Decisions in a Media-Driven World

Classroom Instruction

Making Evidence-Driven Decisions in a Media-Driven World is a set of curriculum modules—one for middle school and one for high school students—that help students develop the critical thinking skills to help them make sense of information from these different media sources.

Lilac flowers

Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope

Classroom Instruction

Invitations to Inquiry are instructional activities designed to help middle and high school students work with community and citizen science data. The data are from a range of projects hosted on BSCS’s interactive platform, FieldScope.

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FieldScope

Citizen Science

FieldScope, an interactive digital platform, is transforming the way educators, community members, and organizations engage in citizen science.

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Restoring Ea Middle School Science Unit

Classroom Instruction

Restoring Ea is a place-based, three-dimensional, and phenomenon-focused unit specifically designed for seventh grade teachers and students in central O'ahu.

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COVID-19 & Health Equity Units

Classroom Instruction

These high school science, middle school science, and K-5 units are freely available for download.

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OpenSciEd Middle Grades Science Units

Classroom Instruction

BSCS Science Learning is the lead developer on the OpenSciEd Middle Grades Science Program for Next Generation Science Standards, which currently has three units available for free download.

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Forces at a Distance

Classroom Instruction

In this 8th grade unit, students explore the cause of a speaker’s vibration as opposed to the effect.

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Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis

Classroom Instruction

In this 7th grade unit, students question where their food comes from and consider which breakfast items might be from plants.

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Metabolic Reactions

Classroom Instruction

In this 7th grade unit, students investigate a real case study of M’Kenna, a 13-year-old girl, who reported some alarming medical symptoms to her doctor.

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Sound Waves

Classroom Instruction

In this 8th grade unit, students investigate how sounds can cause objects at a distance to move.

A clear glass with water and ice cubes inside, a green and white straw, and condensation on the outside

Thermal Energy

Classroom Instruction

In this 6th grade unit, students are challenged to create a cup that keeps drinks cold longer.

Rain and clouds over a field

Weather, Climate & Water Cycling

Classroom Instruction

In this 6th grade unit, students explore weather, climate, and water cycling in four separate lesson sets.

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A Medical Mystery

Classroom InstructionProfessional Learning

BSCS’s 3D middle school science program, A Medical Mystery, supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit.

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Allergies and Scientific Inquiry

Classroom Instruction

Allergies and Scientific Inquiry is an online curriculum supplement developed to help middle school educators more effectively teach about food allergies. Lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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BSCS Science Learning Seminar Series

Professional Learning

BSCS Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to share ideas and present their latest work to our community conversations.

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Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain

Classroom Instruction

BSCS curriculum unit teaches middle school science students about drug abuse and addiction in relevant contexts.

Teachers in a classroom during professional development.

Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS

Leadership Work

Five Tools and Processes is designed to help professional development leaders work with teachers on curriculum, instruction, and assessment to achieve the vision of NGSS.

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NextGen TIME

Leadership Work

NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators with the evaluation, selection, and implementation of instructional materials designed for next generation science.

Elementary school student examining a sample of sand

BSCS Science Learning Videoverse

Leadership WorkProfessional Learning

BSCS now offers free science classroom video resources for teacher learning.

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Understanding Ebola

Classroom Instruction

Understanding Ebola Virus Disease, is a free resource designed to educate teachers, students, and community members about Ebola and the factors that influence its spread.

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BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy

Classroom Instruction

BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy allows preK through grade 5 students to interact like scientists, participating in inquiry-based activities while also developing important skills.

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Resources for Environmental and Geography Educators

Citizen ScienceClassroom Instruction

Do you teach geography, environmental science, or similar classes? Here we have consolidated some recommended free lessons and units that may work for your classroom.

Looking for something that used to be here? Check our page of archived resources here.