Five Things You May Not Know About Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

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1. Nonprofit organization Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) works to transform science teaching and learning through research and development that strengthens learning environments and inspires a global community of scientifically literate citizens.

2. BSCS works with people from around the world who care about the quality of science teaching and learning, including those in K-12 schools, colleges, nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations.

3. BSCS is expanding its research efforts through ongoing studies that examine the effectiveness of key teaching practices, how student and teacher learning is supported by high-quality curriculum materials, and the implementation of technology for improving the learning of science.

4. How did BSCS get started?  It was established in 1958 after the Soviet Union won the race to space with Sputnik. The U.S. Congress encouraged the National Science Foundation (NSF) to revamp high school science education in the United States. NSF did so through a grant to the American Institute of Biological Sciences, which established BSCS.

5. In July, BSCS hosted the Science Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis Project (STeLLA), a professional development program that supports teachers in teaching concepts in biology, physical science, and earth science.