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High School Field Test – Teachers

High School Field Test – Teachers 2021-12-30T09:59:47-07:00

This page contains information for high school field test teachers participating in the National OpenSciEd High School Field Test project.

OpenSciEd Year 1 Unit Implementation Schedule:

The table below includes the dates for upcoming unit curriculum trainings and unit implementation. The column for “Unit Curriculum Convening Windows” indicates when we will meet virtually to learn about the next unit for implementation. The column “Unit Implementation/Field Test Window” indicates when the unit should be completely implemented and data submitted.

UNITSUnit Curriculum Convening DatesUnit Implementation/Field Test Completion
BIO Unit 1, CHEM Unit 1, PHYS Unit 1July 2021 (Completed)By 11/30/2021 (Completed)
BIO Unit 3December 10–11, 2021 from 8:00am–4:00pm MT (Completed)By 3/31/2022
BIO Unit 4, CHEM Unit 4, PHYS Unit 5March 4–5, 2022, from 8:00am–4:00pm MTBy 6/18/2022

Please hold these dates in your calendar. More information is forthcoming in January 2022.


Currently Implementing
Upcoming Unit

Here is the landing page from the Fall Curriculum Convening to access any materials utilized during the two day training: NM/OK Unit 3 Fall Curriculum Convening Landing Page.

Complete Kits for Unit B.3

Complete kits were delivered to the school sites in early-to-mid December 2021. Each complete kit includes all the materials needed to field test the unit field test teachers learned about during the Fall Curriculum Support Convening. Each complete kit came in a plastic tub or crate with a yellow or orange top.

Section Kits for Unit B.3

Section kits were delivered in November 2021. They came in cardboard boxes and are the Carolina Science DNA Damage Kit.

Locally Sourced Materials for Unit B.3

Locally sourced materials include aluminum foil, plastic wrap, sunscreen with different SPF ratings and markers were delivered to each field test teacher in November 2021.

Printed Teacher Edition Books

The printer, KendallHunt, indicated these books are being printed currently and will not ship until the first of the new year. This is due to supply chain issues and the upcoming winter break, in which deliveries to schools may become lost. I will provide an update once those books are shipped.

Next semester, we will host the Winter Curriculum Support Convening on March 4–5, 2022 to learn about CHEM UNIT 4. As you complete implementation of CHEM UNIT 1, you may plan a unit of study before CHEM UNIT 4. We recommend these topics to support student learning:

  • Develop the understanding that all atoms are made of charged particles and that some types of atoms give up one kind of charged particle (an electron) more readily than others.
  • Explore the electrostatic behavior of macroscopic objects to understand how changes in the position and motion of charged objects (and particles) affect the forces between them and cause energy transfer to and from their electric fields.
  • The properties of substances and how they interact with other substances, including charges on atoms and molecules and patterns of bonding.
  • Relate the patterns of bonding to trends on the periodic table and investigate how patterns of bonding give water special properties on the molecular and bulk scale to account for how water shapes landforms over different time scales.

Here is a preview of CHEM UNIT 4:

Unit C.4
Big Ideas: Chemical Reactions in our World

Unit Question: TBD

In this unit, students develop models of the changing dynamic equilibrium in a chemical reaction. Students investigate how mass is conserved in chemical reactions and how adding a disturbance to a chemical equilibrium system can shift the equilibrium of the system. They explain how the products of chemical processes are interacting with and affecting different spheres on Earth. Finally, students create an engineering design solution using the principle of chemical equilibrium.

Next semester, we will host the Winter Curriculum Support Convening on March 4–5, 2022 to learn about PHY UNIT 5. As you complete implementation of PHY UNIT 1, you may plan a unit of study before PHY UNIT 5. We recommend these topics to support student learning:

  • The energy flow through convection and motion in the geosphere.
  • The distinction between energy that is transferring very slowly over millions of years, and sudden energy transfers like earthquakes.
  • Energy transfer through balanced and unbalanced forces, force diagrams and the value of using energy and forces to describe interactions.
  • How energy and force transfer relate to Newton’s Laws.
  • Basic wave properties in the context of seismic waves and gravity/orbital dynamics

Here is a preview of PHY UNIT 5:

Unit P.5
Big Ideas: Electromagnetic Radiation

Unit Question: TBD

Students wonder how a microwave heats food, and why it does so differently than other kinds of cooking devices. They will explore wave behavior, and review conduction. They will explain how interference causes uneven heating, and use both a photon and wave model to understand some of the microwave’s quirks. In the second bend, we will consider whether or not microwave radiation is dangerous, and use what we learn to explain the relative risks of other kinds of radiation on the E-M spectrum.


Page last updated December 30, 2021