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Feb 01, 2021 2021-02-01

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Open-Source Kit for Middle School Science

Nonprofit OpenSciEd was launched to create high-quality open-source science instructional materials specifically for middle schools. The lessons are available for science teachers to access and download freely. All align with NGSS and are developed by educators and tested by teachers. The organization recently released hands-on learning content for eighth-grade science. The latest unit covers “forces at a distance,” with 12 lessons for 30 days of classes. Among the inquiries are, “What causes a speaker to vibrate?” “What can a magnet pull or push without touching?” “How does energy transfer between things that aren’t touching?” Most activities require only ordinary materials (such as a screwdriver and scissors, cardboard and foil). Each unit includes a set of professional learning resources, with instructional agendas, slides, and videos. A remote learning guide is also available. OpenSciEd expects to complete the middle school lessons in February 2022 and then to expand its efforts into elementary and high school science.

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