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New Videos Illuminate Next Generation Science Standards

January 16, 2016

The Museum of Science, Boston has released a new video series designed to help K -12 educators understand and implement new academic standards. Created by Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning curriculum project of the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), "EiE Video Snippets" illuminate the eight science and engineering practices specified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Some Snippets show what an NGSS practice looks like when young children try it in a real classroom -- for example, planning an investigation, analyzing data, or making an argument based on that data. Other Snippets show teachers using instructional strategies that guide students in the practices. The whole series can be streamed on the project website,

"Seeing the practices of real teachers and children in actual classrooms is a powerful way to learn," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "That's why we are so pleased to add these Video Snippets to our toolbox of teacher resources."

"We work with thousands of educators each year, and they tell us it can be challenging to translate what's written in the standards to what students should be doing in the classroom," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "Video Snippets are designed to meet that need."

"These short videos are perfect for many uses," says Elizabeth Parry, coordinator of K-16 STEM Partnership Development at North Carolina State University's College of Engineering. "In teacher professional development, they can show evidence of outcomes from engineering education. Snippets can also show administrators how engineering develops academic proficiency and important life skills such as persistence and can demonstrate to parents the value of engineering as a teaching and learning tool. Pretty potent punch for such brief videos!"

To date, 15 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the new standards; other states have revised their standards based on NGSS.

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