Science

Scientific literacy supports students and adults alike in understanding headlines, making wise decisions, and tackling complex challenges. To promote scientific literacy, EDC works to make science learning more engaging and accessible for all learners. From preK-12 schools to afterschool programs to adult education, our instructional resources deftly use inquiry-based approaches to deepen understanding of science concepts, build data literacy and critical thinking, hone reading and writing skills in the context of science investigation, and broaden participation in meaningful science.

Our science experts support educators in building learners’ data literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and discourse skills. Our researchers lead rigorous studies that examine strategies to close opportunity gaps in science education and enhance instruction. From all of our work, we produce usable and practical knowledge that helps inform teachers, education leaders, decision-makers, and policymakers.

Interested? Explore our projects, people, and publications, and contact us to find out how we can help you advance your goals to engage learners in active, rich learning that promotes science proficiency.

Featured Projects:

Amgen Biotech Experience Program Office engages us in leading technical assistance, resource development, and professional development for an innovative science education program that provides real-world biotech lab experiences for Grade 9-12 students. Contact Rebecca Lewis.

Bringing Science Home with PEEP engages EDC in working with media specialists and two home visiting organizations to collaboratively develop and investigate a new model that engages families in science exploration through joint media engagement and home visiting programs. Contact Megan Silander.

Digital Games as Analogical Sources for Science Learning is testing various design features of digital games in support of science learning to discern which instructional strategies can help build middle-grade students’ conceptual understanding. Contact Wendy Martin.

Ed Tech Leaders Online offers high-quality online workshops—on topics such as using Web tools to promote inquiry-based science and teaching electricity and circuits through inquiry—for K–12 science teachers. Contact Kirsten Peterson.

Investigating Digital Badges as Assessment in Informal Science Learning involves us in collaborating with U.K. researchers to plan a study for exploring the potential of digital badge systems to connect and build on in-school and informal STEM learning. Contact Jim Diamond.

Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science, our i3 project, seeks to positively impact young English learners by building their teachers' capacity to use early science inquiry as a context for language learning. Contact Jess Gropen.

Next Generation Preschool Science engages us in developing and studying a preschool science curriculum supplement that will draw upon technology to engage young children in exploring big ideas in life, physical, and earth sciences. Contact Marion Goldstein.

Oceans of Data Institute, which seeks to transform education to help people succeed in school, work, and life in a data-intensive world, conducts research and develops instructional resources and tools to foster a data-literate workforce. Contact Randy Kochevar.

Playing with Data is studying how to support middle-school science teachers in interpreting and using digital game-based formative assessment data to enhance student learning. Contact Jim Diamond.

Real World, Real Science engages us in advising the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on creating interactive learning experiences to support middle school students in using real NASA data to explore weather patterns in their local region and understand how their local weather relates to the larger climate. Contact Randy Kochevar.

Science Fairs Under the ‘Scope examines the impact of science fairs on students’ mastery of science and engineering practices, the role that science fairs play in sparking interest in science education and careers, and the cost. Contact Abigail Jurist LevyJackie DeLisi, or Marian Pasquale.

Seeding the Future Evaluation studies a project that engages high school students in inquiry scientific investigations and using technology, such as hydroponics, aquaponics, solar and wind power, while developing small businesses to sell produce in their communities. Contact Jackie DeLisi.

Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data is designing and testing six supplemental curriculum units to build high school students’ skills in using data to investigate and explain significant problems in biology and earth science; we will deliver the units via EDC's Zoom In online instructional platform. Contact Bill Tally.