Research Center Developing Next Generation High School Science Courses

Achievement date: 
2018
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), are disseminating their research to high school classrooms. A pilot program at a Los Angeles High School was followed by a teacher institute at UCLA to prepare teachers to integrate coursework related to multiferroics into their curricula for the upcoming school year.

Impact/benefits: 

In the pilot program, TANMS tested an innovative project-based module to introduce complex concepts in electromagnetism and nanoscale physics in a way that can be meaningfully understood by high school students. In the subsequent teacher institute, a curriculum in multiferroics was developed to teach over a thousand underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students.

Explanation/Background: 

Four TANMS graduate students delivered over ninety hours of curriculum at Lawndale High School near Los Angeles for the pilot of the Electromagnetism and Nanoscale Motor Module. Over two hundred students participated in the one-week course. The teacher institute was funded, in part, through NSF’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program.

The curriculum developed at the teacher institute aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS states that effective science education is based on the three dimensions of science learning: crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas.