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Next Generation and Arkansas Science Standards

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Engineer-It!

K – 2:  K-2.ETS1.1   Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.   Science and Engineering Practices:  Developing and Using Models.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ET S1.C:  Optimizing the Design Solution.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Structure and Function.

3rd – 4th:  3-5.ETS1.1   Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ET S1.A:  Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  The Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World.

5th – 6th:  MS.ETS1.1   Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ET S1.A:  Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World. 

Electricity and Magnetism

K – 2nd:  K-2.ETS1.1   Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ET S1.A:  Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems.  Crosscutting Concepts:   Energy and Matter. 

3rd – 4th:  3.PS2.4   Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  PS2.B:  Types of Interactions.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology. 

5th – 6th:  MS.ETS1.1   Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ET S1.A:  Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World. 

Rockin’ Rockets

K – 2nd:   K-2.ETS1-1   Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ES S1.C:  Optimizing the Design Solution.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Cause and Effect.

3rd – 4th:  3-5.ETS1-3   Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  Optimizing the Design Solution.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Structure and Function.

5th – 6th:  MS.ETS1.4   Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Developing and using models.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  Optimizing the Design Solution.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Structure and Function.

Dirt on Dirt

K – 2nd: 2.ESS2.1   Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS2.A:  Earth Materials and Systems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World.

3rd – 4th:  4.ESS2.1   Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS2.A:  Earth Materials and Systems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Cause and Effect.

5th – 6th:  MS.ESS2.2   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS2.A:  Earth’s Materials and Systems.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Scale, Proportion, and Quantity.

Astronomy

K – 2nd:   1.ESS1.1   Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Analyzing and Interpreting Data.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS1.A:  The Universe and its Stars.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Patterns.

3rd – 4th:  5.ESS1.2  Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Analyzing and Interpreting Data.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Patterns.

5th – 6th:  MS.ESS1.3   Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.  Science and Engineering Practices:  Analyzing and Interpreting Data.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Scale, Proportion, and Quantity. 

Dissection

All grades:   MS.LS1.3   Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.  Science and Engineering Practices.  Engaging in Argument from Evidence.  Disciplinary Core Ideas:  LS1.A:  Structure and Function.  Crosscutting Concepts:  Systems and System Models.