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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.

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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.

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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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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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OpenSciEd Middle Grades Science Units

Classroom Instruction

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Allergies and Scientific Inquiry

Classroom Instruction

Allergies & 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 Middle School Science

Classroom Instruction

BSCS Middle School Science is a standards- and inquiry-based program comprised of four units: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Science and Society.

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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.

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Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)

Professional Learning

EMAT, an online course, helps teachers frame complex energy concepts in a way that will resonate with high school students and prepare them to participate in important societal conversations.

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Citizen Science

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

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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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Forces at a Distance

Classroom Instruction

This 8th grade unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and freely available for download.

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Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis

Classroom Instruction

This 7th grade unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and freely available for download.

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Metabolic Reactions

Classroom Instruction

This 7th grade unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and freely available for download.

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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.

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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.

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The Biology Teacher’s Handbook, Fourth Edition

Classroom Instruction

The Biology Teacher’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, is filled with valuable teaching ideas and guidelines for grades 6-12 and college biology educators.

Cover TW Thermal Energy

Thermal Energy

This 6th grade unit on thermal energy engages students in a design challenge to create a cup that keeps drinks cold longer.

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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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Professional Learning

ViSTA is designed to help preservice and inservice elementary teachers enhance their science content knowledge and instructional practices. Users explore the powerful STeLLA approach.

ViSTA Plus

ViSTA Plus

Professional Learning

ViSTA Plus is a full-semester online course designed to enhance preservice elementary teachers’ science content knowledge and instructional practices. Users explore the powerful STeLLA approach.

Weather, Climate & Water Cycling

Weather, Climate & Water Cycling

Classroom Instruction

This 6th grade unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and freely available for download.

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BSCS Science Learning Videoverse

Leadership WorkProfessional Learning

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

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Online Resources During COVID-19 Shutdown

Citizen ScienceClassroom Instruction

We're here to help teachers at all levels with online science programs, units, and more.

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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.