AstroCamp And The Next Generation Science Standards

“Making a positive difference in the lives of children by guiding them through unique opportunities for self-discovery through physical sciences and team challenges.”


The Astrocamp Teaching Philosophy above is directly aligned with the core framework used to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS framework places renewed emphasis on students engaging in Scientific and Engineering Practices and recognizing Crosscutting Concepts found in all science disciplines.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change

Incorporating NGSS Elements into Astrocamp Courses

Science Classes

Featured NGSS scientific practices and crosscutting concepts used in the science classes include:

  • Constructing explanations and arguing from evidence
  • Developing and using models
  • Carrying out investigations and interpreting data
  • Asking questions and constructing explanations
  • Patterns
  • Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles and Conservation
  • Scale, Proportion and Quantity

Engineering Classes

Featured NGSS engineering practices and crosscutting concepts used in the engineering classes include:

  • Analyzing and interpreting tests
  • Explaining their design solutions
  • Arguing from evidence
  • Systems and system models
  • Structure and function
  • Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Incorporating NGSS Elements into Astrocamp Courses

Science Classes

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