STRANDS OF INFORMAL SCIENCE LEARNING
STRAND 1 – Sparking Interest and Excitement
Experiencing excitement, interest, and motivation to learn about phenomena in the natural and physical world.
STRAND 2 – Understanding Scientific Content and Knowledge
Generating, understanding, remembering, and using concepts, explanations, arguments, models, and facts related to science.
STRAND 3 – Engaging in Scientific Reasoning
Manipulating, testing, exploring, predicting, questioning, observing, and making sense of the natural and physical world.
STRAND 4 – Reflecting on Science
Reflecting on science as a way of knowing, including the processes, concepts, and institutions of science. It also involves reflection on the learner’s own process of understanding natural phenomena and the scientific explanations for them.
STRAND 5 – Using the Tools and Language of Science
Participation in scientific activities and learning practices with others, using scientific language and tools.
STRAND 6 – Identifying with the Scientific Enterprise
Coming to think of oneself as a science learner and developing an identity as someone who knows about, uses, and sometimes contributes to science.
For example, after watching a large format IMAX movie about the Galapagos Islands, viewers could be challenged to apply what they learned about natural selection to another environment. After noticing a particular species in that environment, the learner could hypothesize about how a naturally occurring variation led to the organism’s suitability to the environment.