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Disciplinary Core Ideas: Looking at the big picture in our content: The Next Generation Science Standards are composed of three dimensions that have been developed as a framework for K-12 science education in order to fulfill the vision of what it means for students to be proficient in science. The science and engineering practices are the skills with which questions are answered and problems are solved. The crosscutting ideas are a means by which to coherently link different domains of science and to interrelate knowledge from multiple fields of science. The disciplinary core ideas focus on the content to be taught and what is to be assessed. It is these behaviors and skills, the development of a scientifically-based view of the world, and the ability to apply and extend knowledge that students will need to take with them into college and careers. Workshops and sessions in this strand will emphasize the practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas in science and engineering.
Science & Engineering Practices: Implementation within the Classroom Setting: Engineering is a systematic practice of design to find solutions to real-world problems. Technologies results when engineers apply their understanding of the natural world and of human behavior to design ways to satisfy human needs and wants. Workshops and sessions for this conference strand will engage participants in engineering and technology education activities for classrooms at all levels.
Crosscutting Concepts: Finding ways to bridge gaps across content areas and within Science: Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.