The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences released the Next Generation Science Standards Framework for K-12 Science Education. The Framework is now being used as the foundation for the Next Generation Science Standards in a collaborative, state-led process that is managed by Achieve.

Below are the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts for the hgh school standards that we reference in the iSEA2012 STEMArts curriculum tool.

Core and Component Ideas in the Physical Sciences

Core Idea PS1: Matter and its Interactions

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
PS1.C: Nuclear Processes

Core Idea PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

PS2.A: Forces and Motion
PS2.B: Types of Interactions
PS2.C: Stability and Instability in Physical Systems

Core Idea PS3: Energy

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
PS3.B: Conservation Of Energy and Energy Transfer
PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces
PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

Core Idea PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

PS4.A: Wave Properties
PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation.

Core and Component Ideas in the Life Sciences

Core Idea LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

LS1.A: Structure and Function
LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
LS1.D: Information Processing

Core Idea LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystems Dynamics, Functioning, And Resilience
LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Core Idea LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
LS4.B: Natural Selection
LS4.C: Adaptation
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Core and Component Ideas in Earth and Space Sciences

Core Idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

Core Idea ESS2: Earth’s Systems

ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
ESS2.E: Biocenology

Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Definitions of Technology, Engineering, and Applications of Science

Technology Is Any Modification Of The Natural World Made To Fulfill Human Needs Or Desires.
Engineering Is A Systematic and Often Iterative Approach to Designing Objects, Processes, And
Systems to Meet Human Needs and Wants.

An Application of Science Is Any Use of Scientific Knowledge for a Specific Purpose, Whether
To Do More Science; To Design a Product, Process, or Medical Treatment; To Develop a New
Technology; Or To Predict The Impacts Of Human Actions.

Core and Component Ideas in Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

Core Idea ETS1: Engineering Design

ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Core Idea ETS2: Links among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

ETS2.A: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology
ETS2.B: Influence of Engineering, Technology and Science on Society and the Natural World

Seven Crosscutting Concepts of the Framework

    •    Patterns
    •    Cause and Effect: Mechanism And Explanation
    •    Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
    •    Systems and System Models
    •    Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation
    •    Structure and Function
    •    Stability and Change

Science and Engineering Practices

    •    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    •    Developing and Using Models
    •    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    •    Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    •    Using Mathematics, Information and Computer Technology, and Computational Thinking
    •    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
    •    Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    •    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

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