Welcome, Amplify Science families!
We’re excited to welcome you and your student to the Amplify Science program for the new school year, and to provide your student with exceptional learning opportunities through our program. We’ve assembled the following resources and guides to help you support your student and enable them to have the most productive experience with our platform throughout the year.
What is Amplify Science?
Amplify Science is an engaging curriculum for grades K–8 designed by experts at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. As you look through the program, you may notice that it looks different from any science curriculum you’ve seen before. That’s because, in recent years, science teaching has moved away from fact-based lessons, such as those that require memorization, and toward deep learning, where students actively investigate and figure out real-world problems. This shift in science teaching and learning is reflected in new national science standards (the Next Generation Science Standards) and in—you guessed it—Amplify Science.
While Amplify Science lessons are designed to be completed in the classroom with peers, there are some activities that students can work on at home with your support. Prior to beginning that work, we recommend reviewing this Protecting Kids Online article by the Federal Trade Commission addressing digital safety.
Amplify Science integrates the latest best practices in science teaching and learning. Students will have numerous opportunities to use hands-on materials, engage with readings, develop evidence-based scientific written arguments, and explore digital applications.
Watch this video for a brief overview of the Amplify Science approach and program structure.
A powerful partnership
Amplify Science is the result of a collaboration between the science education experts at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and Amplify. The team of science, math, engineering, and literacy experts at the Lawrence developed the content of the program, while Amplify’s team of designers and engineers developed the tools and components that bring the lessons to life for students.
Click here for more information on the Lawrence.
We’re here to help you!
Have a question about Amplify Science? Visit our help library to search for articles with answers to your program questions. For additional curriculum support, contact your student’s teacher.