This local systemic change project will attempt to influence three dimensions of middle-school culture by enhancing teaching (standards-based
content and conceptual and procedural scientific literacy), learning (inquiry-based), and curriculum (NSF developed programs: e.g. SEPUP,
FOSS and "Issues, Evidence and You"). The plan builds on two elementary-level, NSF-supported reform efforts and envisages a four-year
initiative of professional development involving teachers, administrators, scientists, facilitators and parents.
This Middle School Science and Technology Reform Project extends an inquiry-oriented, contemporary science program to include a
technology dimension -- defined as the applications of science skills -- to develop new knowledge.
This four-year initiative is planned to serve about 17,000 mostly ethnic minority and low income students.