Viewing the world as scientists and engineers
In our curriculum, educators ask students to investigate a problem or phenomenon as a biomedical engineer, marine biologist or food chemist would, to name a few.
Applying new knowledge more than once to deepen understanding
At the culmination of most units, students are presented a second problem, designed so students can apply their newly acquired knowledge to a similar problem in novel circumstances. It is in this step that students demonstrate a deep understanding of knowledge and recognize the strength of their intellectual potential.
Amplify Science is rooted in the Do-Talk-Read-Write-Visualize model of learning. Coupling this process with a suite of digital apps, including modeling tools, computerized simulations, and science practice apps, students step into the world of science and learn from within it. Here’s how each piece in the model works:
DO First-hand investigations are an important part of any science classroom, and Amplify Science has students getting hands-on in every unit, from designing sticky glues to experimenting with electrical systems.
TALK Student-to-student discourse and full class discussions are an integral part of the program, from K–8. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to engage in meaningful oral scientific argumentation, all while fostering a collaborative classroom environment.
READ Students read age-appropriate books or scientific articles, focusing their reading activities on searching for evidence related to their investigation, and importantly, on asking and recording questions as they read through the text.
WRITE Following real-world practices, students write scientific arguments based on evidence they’ve collected, making clear their reasoning that connects the evidence to one of several claims.
VISUALIZE Manipulating digital simulations and using modeling tools to craft visualizations of their thinking— just as real scientists and engineers do—students take their learning far beyond the confines of what they can physically see in the classroom in an exciting and authentic way.