Nathaniel Rochester Community School's STEM program is enhanced through the use of the FOSS Next Generation and FOSS Third Edition curriculums.
The FOSS Next Generation program is the latest edition of FOSS for elementary classrooms. It was developed to meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
This edition offers three modules at each grade level, with specific offerings at each grade for a total of 18 modules. The edition makes explicit to teachers and students the connections to science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math.
The NRCS STEM Program believes that science is inherently interesting, and children are natural investigators. It is widely accepted that children learn science concepts best by doing science. Doing science means hands-on experiences with objects, organisms, and systems. Hands-on activities are motivating for students, and they stimulate inquiry and curiosity.
The NRCS FOSS program design is based on learning progressions that provide students with opportunities to investigate core ideas in science in increasingly complex ways over time.
The target goals for the NRCS FOSS program are;
to help students know and use scientific explanations of the natural world and the designed world
to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge and technological capabilities
to participate productively in scientific and engineering practices.
Science is more than a body of knowledge.
How well you think is often more important than how much you know.
The FOSS module provides opportunities for students to engage in and understand scientific practices, and many modules explore issues related to engineering practices and the use of natural resources.
FOSS uses the following scientific practices.
- Asking questions and defining problems
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing and using models
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Applying and using scientific knowledge
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information