With the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the focus on developing science technology and engineering proficiency, we are looking ahead at a science pilot to meet the needs of the NGSS and our diverse student population.

We would love to establish a small group of interested parents to partner with us in our discoveries and experiences with NGSS, Design Thinking, Inquiry-based Learning, Science and Engineering Practices, and more. If you are interested in committing to regular attendance at our 2017 STEAM Inquiry Group sessions, we encourage you to complete the application.

The Palo Alto Unified School District Elementary Science STEAM Inquiry Group is comprised of a group of teacher leaders who are invested in 21st century science and engineering integration.

These teachers are united in their efforts and passion for reinvigorating Science education during the Elementary years.  

This group meets throughout the school year to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards, explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Education opportunities, and implement innovative educational curriculum and instructional approaches.

Since 2013, the STEAM Inquiry Group has engaged in a variety of professional learning experiences including a design thinking workshop at the Stanford d.School; inquiry based lessons at the San Francisco Exploratorium; hands-on learning at the Marine Science Institute; connections to the history of math, engineering, and technology at The Computer History Museum; and workshops at the Barron Park Maker Studio and the Stanford d.School Spark Truck.

We look forward to 3-5 parents, grades K-5 joining us. Thank you for your consideration and participation.

Thank You!
Barbara L. Harris, Chief Academic Officer Elementary Education
Science TOSA TEAM: Joe Young, Leslie Faust

Deadline for applications - Monday, January 9, 2017
Application Review and Notification by Friday, January 13, 2017

Dates of 2017 STEAM Inquiry Group Meetings

Monday, February 27, 2017, 3:30-5:00, Science Resource Center
Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:30-5:00, Science Resource Center
Monday, May 15, 2017, 3:30-5:00, Science Resource Center

STEAM Parent Inquiry Group Application
If you have questions, contact Elementary Education at (650) 329-3773 or plund@pausd.org.