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The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that use and go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at reasoned and justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena/events.

Important Announcements

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2015-2016 PAEMST will honor outstanding K-6 grade teachers; don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to honor our nation’s greatest educators!  Nominate a teacher now.

National Youth Science Camp

The NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP is an honors program for two high achieving high school students from each state in the United States and others from around the world. This residential summer experience is held in a rustic setting in West Virginia’s eastern mountains and has honored and challenged over 5,000 participants since it began in 1963.  This almost month-long program and travel are FREE to the students who are selected.

Students (graduating high school seniors) may apply at  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 17, 2016 at 6:00pm EST.  The NYSCamp dates are planned to be June 15 - July 10, 2016

The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences.  Online registration is open now!

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Institute for Teachers Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in an exciting teacher opportunity. The Energy Institute blends renewable energy and energy efficiency components into existing courses that the teachers are already instructing in subjects ranging from chemistry and physics to biology and environmental science classes.

New Science PLC Bytes available

Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards Now Available in Spanish! 

To help families and communities better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards, kindergarten through high school guides are available for all content areas.

Instructional Unit Samples

Colorado teacher-authored instructional units are on our website. Hundreds of teachers from 116 school districts participated in workshops for the creation of Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews and instructional units. 

Fast Facts: Science

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Science education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Science education in Colorado!


For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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