Science Bits introduces science not as a body of immutable facts that must be memorized, but as an exciting way of obtaining new knowledge and understanding of the world around us. This first-of-its-kind integration of traditional classroom learning, state-of-the-art research, and virtual learning through digital tools is helping students develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts and methods.
Science: A Body of Knowledge and a Process
If you ask the average person to define science, they might say something like “Science is everything that we know about the world that we live in.” While that is an important aspect of science, it is equally important to understand science as a process for gaining new information. Science is the way we learn just as much it is a collection of what has been learned.
This understanding is incredibly important. We have all heard people complain when they hear on the news that something that used to be considered healthy by science is considered unhealthy. How can we trust science if it changes all of the time? This frustration arises because the body of knowledge in science changes as we gain new information. But rather than illustrating a weakness in science, this changeability is one of the great features of science. The body of knowledge adapts and changes as new information is gained through the process of science. Each new hypothesis is tested and either discarded or incorporated. Through this process, the body of scientific knowledge is established, extended, refined, and revised. (Duschl, Schweingruber, & Shouse, 2007, p. 26)
This highlights one of the great strengths of Science Bits. Students gain scientific knowledge AND an understanding of the scientific process because of one of Science Bits’ fundamental characteristics.
Students learn by doing.
Learning By Doing
Students develop a deep understanding of how scientists gain knowledge through the scientific process because they learn by participating in activities that are engaging, interesting, and relevant to their daily lives. Students establish a foundation of knowledge about small ideas and phenomena, and then they build on those specific ideas to understand broader scientific principles and concepts.
Science Bits follows the 5E model of instruction and provides easy-to-use lesson plans and resources which promote active learning. Active learning delivers dramatically better results than the old model of learning information through lectures and textbooks. Students learn the information that they need to advance in scientific courses, but because they learned through experience, they have a deeper understanding of the concepts and better retention.
Science Bits is built on two strong pillars, including research-based pedagogy and innovative technology, to engage students with deep levels of understanding. Just as science builds on centuries of knowledge with new ideas and information, Science Bits incorporates the best aspects of traditional science education and extends them by incorporating recent advances in our knowledge about how students learn.
Why do we do hands-on learning?
Hands-on learning isn’t effective due to the physical manipulation of the experiment, but because of the difference that it makes in mental activity. Students are thoughtful participants, actively integrating their knowledge as they experiment, consider evidence, and participate in classroom discussions.
Science Bits leverages the strongest aspects of traditional education like classroom collaboration and uses modern digital tools to integrate scientific skills and just-in-time experiments.
The quality of hands-on learning has always depended on the school’s financial resources and the instructor’s expertise to facilitate hands-on learning. Science Bits has leveled the playing field.
Through Science Bits, all schools and all teachers are equipped to deliver a world-class science education through hands-on learning to ALL STUDENTS.
Science Bits delivers all of the tools that you need for your classroom without the need for expensive add-ons and additional materials. We leverage digital media and bring students into the scientific process whether your school can afford to stock an expensive lab or not. Our virtual experiments, videos, and other digital resources are tightly integrated into a research-based pedagogical approach that ensures that all students receive the best possible instruction in the knowledge and concepts of science.
Who is Science Bits?
Science Bits was established to provide teachers with tools that promote a high-quality science education. Our greatest asset in this endeavor is our amazing team of science teachers, educators, video editors, and multimedia professionals. This global team works within the International Science Teaching Foundation framework to keep Science Bits on the cutting edge of innovation and the latest scientific knowledge.
Contact us today to find out more about Science Bits and see this curriculum in action.
A Word from Science Bits Co-Founder
“The 5E model is a learning sequence, not a collection of unconnected resources classified in 5 sections. The 5E model consists in 5 steps that have to be perfectly arranged to achieve the conceptual change, the shift from an incomplete or incorrect knowledge (misconception) of phenomenon to a scientific and proper understanding.”
– Hector Martin, Science Bits Co-Founder