Science and Engineering Resources for Students and Families

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General Information

The Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) program of the Worcester Public Schools provides students with in-depth exploration of the standards identified in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. STE courses are designed to have students become active participants in their learning through "hands on" and "minds on" activities, investigations, and design challenges. High quality professional development and support for classroom and after school activities are enhanced through partnerships with area colleges and cultural, environmental, and scientific institutions.

Standards

Massachusetts adopted new Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering in April of 2016. WPS will be aligning to the new standards over the next 3 years. Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 6 and High School Physics are using the new standards in the 2016-17 school year. Grades 4, 7 and Chemistry will implement new standards in 2017-18 with Grade 5, 8 and Biology following in 2018-19.

LINK to the 2016 Standards

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Students will take a Science MCAS exam in grade 5, grade 8, and High School Biology (grade 9). The MCAS in science consists of multiple choice questions and open response questions.

Here is a LINK to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS site.

Community Programs, Camps and Events

Robotics

Many WPS schools participate in either Vex Robotics with Quinsigamond Community College or FIRST Robotics with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

VEX Robotics Competition at QCC