1. Abby Rhinehart
  2. Communications Specialist
  4. University of Washington, Institute for Science and Math Education
  1. Philip Bell
  2. http://education.uw.edu/people/faculty/pbell
  3. Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development
  5. University of Washington, Institute for Science and Math Education
  1. Veronica Cassone McGowan
  3. University of Washington, Institute for Science and Math Education
  1. Marcia Ventura
  3. Seattle Public Schools

Research+Practice Collaboratory

NSF Awards: 1626365

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

Through a partnership between learning scientists at the University of Washington and local school districts, young learners are getting the opportunity to engage with engineering design in ways that are culturally and personally relevant.

Researchers at the UW Institute for Science and Math Education and district staff and educators from Seattle and Renton school districts are collaborating in a research-practice partnership as they develop their curriculum to support the new education vision articulated in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

This work is done as part of the Research + Practice Collaboratory, a NSF-funded project that brings educators and researchers together to develop more equitable innovations for STEM teaching and learning.

The new vision for education and resulting Next Generation Science Standards emphasize that students should participate in the real work of science and engineering, and should participate in engineering in every year of their schooling. In the project featured in this video, these fifth graders participate in the engineering practice of causal loop diagramming, helping them make connections between previous lessons, ideas, and their own lives.

This partnership is part of the Research + Practice Collaboratory (researchandpractice.org), funded by NSF Award #DUE-1238253.

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