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Project-Based Inquiry Science
Project-based inquiry science
Janet L. KolodnerBarbara ZahmRuta Demery

Figure 9.1 Students use a model to investigate topographic maps

Image courtesy of It's About Time.

Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS) is a research-informed, three-year, middle school science curriculum composed of 13 units. When used with fidelity, it provides opportunities for middle school students to apply big ideas in science, connect science to technology and engineering and the world around them, and become expert at many discipline-specific skills. PBIS can also help students appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences and begin to develop the 21st-century skills that they will need to become productive members of the workforce and pursue higher education coursework. Like scientists and engineers, PBIS students work in collaborative groups to ask questions and define ...

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