George Lucas Educational Foundation

Science

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in science.

  • Using the Outdoors to Teach STEM

    An engaging activity encourages students to explore math in everyday spaces like parks and school campuses.
    Koshi Dhingra
  • Bringing Student Choice to Assessment in Science Classes

    What happens when students can opt to skip tests and instead give oral presentations or create art to show what they know?
  • A Project That Combines History and Science

    When fourth graders are asked to redesign the Mayflower, they work with content in several subject areas at the same time.
  • Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Journey

    By leaving space in their lessons for authentic curiosity to take hold, teachers can enable deeper learning.
  • Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

    A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
  • The Value of Digital Tools in Science Classes

    Digital learning experiences can be used to mirror the work of real scientists, boosting students’ engagement and learning outcomes.
  • Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Physics students assume the role of aerospace engineers to explore the real-world problem of how to land a rover on Mars.
  • Dragons and Fairy Tales in Science Class

    Using stories as a hook to grab students’ attention leads them to deep engagement with scientific concepts.
  • Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
    Suzie Boss
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
  • 50 Years of Children Drawing Scientists

    When girls don’t see women as scientists, they may not see their future selves as scientists, either—but teachers can make a difference.
  • Setting Up an Ecological Exchange

    Students can learn a lot about ecosystems by gathering objects from their area and swapping with a distant class.
  • A Research-Backed Science Curriculum

    Learning collaboratively through projects yields results for middle school students.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • Boosting Student Engagement Through Project-Based Learning

    A researcher-practitioner partnership in San Francisco shows promising results for middle school science students.