Official Government Website

Making Sense of SCIENCE - Systems & Multidimensional Science Education PD

Making Sense of SCIENCE at WestEdAre you passionate about making science learning engaging and fun for students? Do you want to collaborate with peers as you learn more about the Idaho State Science Standards? Are you looking to grow your facilitation skills? If so, we invite you to join the STEM Action Center and WestEd’s Making Sense of SCIENCE for fall professional learning!

  • Science Investigations are a chance engage in adult-level, hands-on explorations of phenomena while using scientific practices (e.g., developing models, arguing from evidence). This course takes a systems and modeling approach to learning about circuits, ecosystems, and the stability of various living, chemical and physical systems.
  • Engineering Investigations provide an opportunity to apply scientific understanding to the engineering solutions to problems. Design circuits and conceptualize modifications to our modern carbon cycle.
  • Idaho State Science Standards Investigations are a gateway into what the Idaho State Science Standards say about systems and energy in primary grades. This course introduces Making Sense of SCIENCE’s 8-dimension framework for Multidimensional Science Education to support equitable classroom experience for students.
  • Literacy Investigations provide participants the opportunity to analyze how scientific discourse contributed to their learning and make plans for how to support scientific discourse in their classrooms.
  • Teaching Investigations focus on developing a discourse rich, equitable classroom culture. Participants also analyze a sample student unit for properties of next generation science teaching and learning.
  • Facilitation Investigations prepare participants to facilitate the course in teams using the included Facilitator Guide. Investigations focus on supporting adult learners.

In addition to the course, participants will also receive:

  • A Making Sense of SCIENCE Student Unit (digital masters and hands-on materials) for use in the classroom. No additional supplies or equipment needed!
  • An online PLC to support new instructional practices, implementation of the student unit, and preparation for facilitating the course in future i-STEM institutes.



October 9-12, 2019 in Boise, ID
(specific location TBD)

Eligibility: Teachers of Grades 4-5

Fee: $90 for 4 day Workshop

Value: $250-$1100
(depending on distance) 


Open: August 2, 2019
Close: August 31, 2019
Award date: September 16, 2019
Anticipated # of awards: 10-14


Travel stipends between $250-$1100 (depending on distance) are available and based on one-way distance to the training. Travel stipends will be reimbursed directly from WestED after successfully completing the training.

Program Partners

WestEd/Making Sense of SCIENCE

Making Sense of SCIENCE Systems & Multidimensional Science Education Flyer

Must be able to attend the training October 9-12, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. Location to be determined/announced.

Eligibility: Teachers of Grades 4-5

Fee: $90 for 4 day Workshop

ver: 3.1.8 | last updated: