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NGSS Core Ideas: Energy
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This web seminar took place on October 8, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Jeff Nordine of the San Antonio Children's Museum. Ramon Lopez from the University of Texas at Arlington provided supporting remarks. This was the third web seminar in a series focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about physical science concepts that answer questions such as "How is energy transferred between objects or systems?" and "What is meant by conservation of energy?"


Dr. Nordine began the presentation by talking about the role of disciplinary core ideas within NGSS and the importance of energy as a core idea as well as a crosscutting concept. He then shared physicist Richard Feynman's definition of energy and related it to strategies for teaching about energy. Dr. Nordine talked about the elements of the energy core idea and discussed common student preconceptions. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas for classroom application with other participating teachers.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "This was excellent both in terms of the content and the ties to NGSS."
  • "I definitely gained some new knowledge on how to relate energy to my students."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


See when other Next Generation Science Standards web seminars are scheduled.


Twenty-six states led the development of Next Generation Science Standards through a broad collaborative process including many teachers and stakeholders. NSTA was a partner in the standards development process. Read more about NGSS@NSTA.




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