This week Science and Elementary MAT candidates attended the lecture, “Translating the Next Generation Science Standards for Classroom Instruction,” at the University of Rhode Island by Dr. Rodger W. Bybee, purveyor of the 5E instructional model. Dr. Bybee was Team Leader for the NGSS Life Science Writing Team and was also the Team Leader of the Life Sciences Design Team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Dr. Bybee has written widely, publishing in both education and psychology. He is co-author of a textbook titled Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy. His books include Achieving Scientific Literacy: From Purposes to Practices, Learning Science and the Science of Learning, EVO Teachers Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution, The Teaching of Science: 21st Century Perspectives.
It was incredibly useful for MATs to understand the methods used by the architects of NGSS, and even get feedback on science units we are designing.
After the lecture, we got an exclusive tour of the Department of Ocean Engineering facilities and the famous Inner Space Center at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. At the Herman Sheets Laboratory, Associate Professor and Chair Christopher Baxter showed us a 30-meter wave/tow tank and explained how the facilities are used for school programs. In the Inner Space Center, we watched the live feed of an ROV taking the temperature of Kick-’em-Jenny, an underwater volcano off the coast of Granada. Witnessing the hub of telepresence-enabled exploration certainly inspired lesson plan ideas for our students!