The lessons in these books (middle school and high school editions) are a result of over 30 science teachers visiting local businesses and industries looking for applications of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Site visits included forestry, nuclear power, waste water treatment, genetic testing, and many others. Each lesson is written in a learning cycle format so that the concept is taught in the manner in which it is applied. All lessons tie specifically to one or more of the 16 Career Clusters as identified by the National Career Clusters Framework.
Real Science; Pathways to Next Generation Science Standards was developed through a grant (Real Science and the Next Generation Science Standards CFDA-84.366B NCLB Title II Part B) funded by the US Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program and the Illinois State Board of Education.
Educators in Illinois can gain access to this entire book free of charge.
The IMaST program consists of hundreds of activities that have been carefully designed and extensively tested to assure that students learn specific academic content. These activities are organized into "Learning Cycles" that allow the student to explore and apply the content. Throughout the process teachers provide guidance and monitor student understanding. Teachers are encouraged to ask appropriate questions rather than provide specific answers.
The learning cycles from the original IMaST program have been carefully reviewed and selected to specifically meet educational standards in mathematics and science as determined by individual states and/or nationally developed standards.
IMaST activities address a number of national education standards, including:
You can download the Standards Alignment Booklet to learn more about the IMaST learning cycles and their relationship to national standards.