Think about how much the world has changed in the past 20 years. Now, narrow that change down to just science – how much technology has made our lives and many other aspects of life on this planet different in the last two decades. Picture how much more we know about the Earth, space, communication, diseases and illnesses, human ancestry and other animal species — all through scientific research.
Then, there is perhaps the most significant science project of all – climate change.
Why focus on the changes of the past generation? Because, that’s about how long it’s been since the science curriculum in Pennsylvania’s public schools has been updated.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has begun a review of the state’s science standards. These standards serve as the basis for curriculum development and instruction in schools. The Department will evaluate the standards against the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are aligned with current research and practices.
Appearing on Smart Talk Thursday to discuss science education are Matt Stem, Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Carla Zembal-Saul, Ph.D., Professor Penn State College of Education, Science Education, and Jeff Remington, who is one of ten National STEM Teacher Ambassadors from a program administered by The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and funded by the National Science Foundation and a science teacher at Palmyra Middle School.