A year-long physical science course, Interactions was awarded the first NGSS Design badge by Achieve.org. Interactions earned Achieve's highest rating, "E: Example of high quality NGSS design on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, and was the first curriculum to do so.
Where does the energy in a hurricane come from? Why do some things stick together when they come out of the dryer? How can a small spark trigger a huge explosion? Why is a fever of 107 so dangerous?
These are the four driving questions that students will encounter in Interactions, a physical science curriculum and teacher support package being offered through the MSU CREATE for STEM Institute's Next Generation Project-Based Learning initiative.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Interactions is one of the first curriculum development projects designed from -- rather than revised to aligned to -- the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the foundational principles described in the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education. Professor Joe Krajcik, director of the CREATE for STEM Institute and team leader for Interactions, was the lead writer for the physical science components of both the Framework and the NGSS.