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PhD Science® helps students learn to think and act like real scientists. Their natural sense of curiosity drives the learning, and the classroom becomes a place of exploration. What could be more exciting than that? This hands-on approach allows our young scientists to dive into the authentic phenomenon-based world and its everyday wonders. Science is an intriguing and dynamic topic. Here is a curriculum that proves it.  

I would just reiterate what a fantastic program PhD Science's just the best that I've seen anywhere

- Julie P., Stockton, CA
Doing Science

Through observation, questioning, modeling, investigation, and evidence-based argumentation, students build knowledge they can apply in different contexts of their lives. They develop a lasting appreciation of science that extends beyond a single lesson. As those lessons build on each other, students are building true science literacy. They begin to understand why things happen, and eventually apply that understanding to their own lives. For example, as students learn how a windmill can turn energy into light, they comprehend energy transfer and transformation. They then apply the same concept to recognize how a microwave can warm food. We empower young minds to want to know how natural phenomena works in their world, not just in textbooks. PhD Science  helps move students from reading about science to doing science. 

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Curious About PhD Science?

Whether you're just getting started with PhD Science or interested in learning more, a Resource Overview Session is invaluable. These free webinars show educators the online tools available, ensuring you get the most out of PhD Science.  

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Thousands of teachers around the country transitioned from lecturing about science to facilitating lessons where students drove the learning using PhD Science. Transform scientific learning by piloting PhD Science  this year, no matter where your classroom is based. 

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Three Dimensional Model

PhD Science  is rooted in the Next Generation Science Standards and the principles outlined in A Framework for K–12 Education. The curriculum was created to help teachers address the pedagogical shift required to incorporate three-dimensional teaching and learning. PhD Science  wasn't retrofitted to meet new expectations in science. It was written from the start to help students uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas by engaging in Science and Engineering Practices, and using the lens of Cross-Cutting Concepts to make sense of phenomena.  


“It’s the leadership my children are showing. My quiet and under-the-radar kids are soaring with PhD Science. That’s what I love. I’m seeing that growth and that spark in their confidence.”

- Lora M., Buchanan, TN