Home Lesson Plans Activities Field Trips Standards 01 How Humans Think While Understanding the Natural World - Science as Inquiry02 What we Know Today About the World Around Us - Historical Perspectives01 Doing Scientific Inquiry02 Living the Values of Inquiry03 Using Unifying Concepts and Themes04 Doing Safety05 Relating the Nature of Technology to Science01 Understanding Inquiry & Character of Knowledge02 Interdependence of Science Technology & Society03 MALAMA I KA AINA: Sustainability04 Unity & Diversity05 Interdependence of Organisms06 Cycle of Matter and Energy Flow07 Biological Evolution08 Heredity09 Cells, Tissues, and Organs10 Human Development11 Wellness12 Learning and Human Behavior13 Nature of Matter14 Energy, Its Transformation and Matter15 Forces, Motion, Sound and Light16 Universe17 Forces of the universe18 Earth in the Solar System19 Forces that Shape the Earth
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Science is a way of interpreting and describing the environment in which we live. Therefore, it is important for the science education program to be directed towards satisfying the need for providing a “scientifically literate” population by educating citizens, most of whom will never become scientists, and helping them to understand and appreciate the impact of science and technology on their past, present, and future environments. The science education program provides experiences which enable individuals to become independent and contributing members of a rapidly-changing society. Science shapes society and students need to understand and use the shaping forces and their related technologies in designing the kind of society and future they choose to have: a future in which they will be responsible for voting on science-related public issues as adults. Critical decisions made at the voting booth can determine the extent to which society maintains and improves the quality of life. Science education can accomplish this vision by helping students understand the connections between self, others, the world around them, and the Universe beyond.

An understanding of science makes it possible for everyone to share in the richness and excitement of comprehending the natural world. Everyone can use scientific principles and processes in making personal decisions, participating in discussions, and understanding issues.

Science curricula should be designed for students, most of whom will never be scientists, who need to understand and appreciate the impact of science and technology on their past, present, and future environments. School science programs should provide experiences which enable individuals to become independent and contributing members of a rapidly-changing society. Science shapes society and students need to understand and use the shaping forces of science and their related technologies in designing the kind of society and future they choose to have. It is hoped that as students progress through the school science curriculum they will experience the thrill and excitement of wonder and discovery, and appreciate the world in which we live.