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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

National Youth Science Camp 

Start encouraging your high school seniors to apply for the 2015 National Youth Science Camp.  Applications open soon.  For more information on the camp, please go to their website.

Apply NOW for these Teacher Awards! 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.  Nominate an outstanding secondary science teacher (grades 7-12) or apply at: beginning this fall.

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. 

NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge

Congratulations to Benjamin Magtutu from Delta High School in Delta, CO for becoming a 2014 Shell Science Lab Challenge district finalist and winning $8,500 for his school's science lab! 

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! 

PLC Bytes

PLC Bytes are 7-10 minute presentations or longer segmented presentations designed to be used in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) or faculty meetings. Find archived PLC Bytes here.

Colorado Department of Education's Response to the Next Generation Science Standards

The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released on April 10, 2013. CDE is soliciting feedback


For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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