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For many science teachers the integration of technology and engineering into the science curriculum will mean a new way of teaching, new concepts and skills for their students to learn, and new assessments that will measure their students’ progress and their own capabilities as teachers. The source of this concern is a publication by the National Research Council of a new blueprint for science education standards, appropriately titled A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts (NRC 2012). The Framework is currently severing as the blueprint for Next Generation Science Standards, aimed at replacing the current patchwork of state science standards with a common core, as has already been done in mathematics and English language arts. Since these documents raise engineering ...

Engineering in IQWST
Engineering in iqwst
David FortusJoseph Krajcik
IQWST: A Comprehensive and Coherent Middle School Science Curriculum

Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST) (Krajcik, Reiser, Sutherland, & Fortus, 2012) is an NSF-funded comprehensive and coherent sixth- through eighth-grade science curriculum that incorporates engineering activities. It was co-developed by a team consisting of science educators; scientists; an engineer; learning scientists; teacher educators; and specialists in technology and literacy, language, and culture. It is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) and situates student learning in meaningful, extended investigations, in project-based science contexts (see Figure 8.1).

The IQWST materials support students in acquiring deep understandings of the big ideas and science and engineering practices as articulated in A Framework for K–12 ...

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