Exploratorium Science Project
THE EXPLORATORIUM SCIENCE PROJECT
Results | Exploratorium Science Project
Cognitive language proficiency improved by
for 3rd graders.
|Exploratorium Science Goal:
Reduce the achievement gap by
Percentage of students learning Exploratorium Science this year:
Exploratorium Science is now
Exploratorium Science Project Slideshow
The Exploratorium Science Project: a first-of-its-kind program that will sustainably integrate science and English Language Development (ELD) lessons in Sonoma Valley classrooms for years to come.
Exploratorium Science Project in-class experiment, Fall 2011
The project was developed in collaboration with the San Francisco Exploratorium Institute of Inquiry, the Vadasz Family Foundation (thank you so much!), the Sonoma Valley Unified School District and the SVEF.
A first-of-its-kind program
It all began in 2008, when a group of teachers and administrators partnered up with the SF Exploratorium to develop a unique curriculum, design lesson plans and experiments, and further refine the program. For science, the number of El Verano fifth-graders performing in the "Proficient" or "Advanced" range on the California Standards Test increased from 37% in 2007-08 to 49% in 2010-2011, a 12% jump! Test results will be available for students at all schools using Exploratorium Science next year.
Taking Sonoma... and California by storm!
Since then, the Exploratorium Science Project’s proven-successful curriculum has been introduced to classrooms all over Sonoma Valley. By August of 2012, it will have been taught to 75 elementary school teachers – so that every single elementary student in the SVUSD will have received an improved science education.
The best part: following the 2011-2012 school year, the curriculum and its benefits will be available to teachers across California!
What people are saying about the Exploratorium Project...
"The Science lessons from the Exploratorium give the students a chance to learn about the scientific process, while exploring scientific concepts. The part I love most is hearing the students' discussions about magnetic force. They've learned to back their claims with evidence and have lively discussions with their classmates! They love exploring with magnets and really enjoy all the 'Science Talks' they get to have with their classmates!"
- Carly Talesfore (a.k.a 'Ms. T') 3rd Grade Teacher
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