Introduction to the Science and Engineering Practices

Room: Red Level, Suite 16

The newly released Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework emphasizes science and engineering practices:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

In this session, participants will engage in a hands-on activity to illustrate the nature of these practices and to begin to think about how these practices can be incorporated into science and technology instruction.

  • Marilyn Decker, M.A.T.  -  Director, Office of Science, Technology/Engineering & Mathematics, MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education