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  • Components of ScienceWISE

    Inquiry-Based, Hands-on Materials

    • Core curriculum of inquiry-based, hands-on science instruction for grades K - 6.
    • 6 - 8 week instructional units include all of the materials necessary for class investigations.
    • Over 40 titles available for implementation and alignment with district curriculums.
    • Modules selected from Science and Technology for Children (STC) and Full Option Science System (FOSS)

    Teacher Training

    • Introduction to inquiry-based science and science note booking.
    • Module-specific training with focus on instructional strategies.
    • Cross-district discussion and in-service training.
    • Involvement with pre-service teachers.
    • Content short courses offered.
    • Training conducted by experienced ScienceWISE Teacher Trainers and Lead Teachers.

    Materials Support

    • Inventory, cleaning, and replenishment of science modules.
    • Modules available as scheduled by school personnel.

    Assessment

    • Student performance-based assessment.
    • Developed in partnership with school districts and local agencies.

    Community Support

    • Financial support from private and corporate foundations.
    • Scientist volunteers in classrooms.
    • Information sessions for PTO/PTA, school boards, and community groups.

    SCIENCEWISE IMPACT

    • ScienceWISE is providing support services for 7 Westmoreland County school districts, and 2 Diocese of Greensburg Schools. (which encompasses approximately 27 schools)
    • ScienceWISE annually refurbishes approximately 400 kits and supplements.
    • Approximately 34 hands-on, inquiry-centered STC or FOSS science units are used in Westmoreland County.
    • Science unit training has been provided for an average of 124 teachers each school year over the past four years, involving 31 science topics.
    • Approximately 6,380 elementary students and 255 classrooms in the county have teachers using hands-on, inquiry-centered science.