How can a teacher promote deep understanding across science disciplines while also attending to national content standards, inquiry standards and goals for science literacy? And how can that teacher concurrently engage students in activities that are challenging and meaningful, and then assess their learning in authentic ways?
The Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST; pronounced I-quest) project is developing the next generation of middle school curricula designed to enable teachers with diverse knowledge and experiences to teach science effectively to students with a variety of backgrounds and strengths.
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The interdisciplinary team of science teachers, scientists, literacy experts, curriculum designers, and university researchers works collaboratively to ensure that the units provide the best possible support both for teachers and their students in urban, suburban, and rural school contexts.
IQWST is funded by the National Science Foundation. The collaborative initiative is led by the University of Michigan's Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curricula and Computing in Education (hic3e) and Northwestern University, in partnership with Michigan State University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois, and Project 2061.