New Tool: What is meant by engaging youth in scientific modeling?

Posted on January 16, 2015

Scientific modeling is one of the eight core practices of science and engineering in the new vision for K-12 science education. Science curricula has routinely included descriptions of the accepted scientific models of natural phenomena. It is less common for curricula to engage students in the practice of modeling as part of an unfolding investigation, but it is a very powerful way to learn science concepts and about how science and engineering work. A team of practitioners and researchers wrote this STEM Teaching Tool to provide an overview of how modeling can support student learning.