Multicolored balloons flying to the sky.

Twig Science officially adopted by the California Department of Education

The entire Twig Education team—including our partners at Stanford’s SCALE team, Imperial College London, and DC Thomson—is celebrating!

Why?

Because Twig Science has been adopted by the California State Board of Education.

It’s the moment the entire company has been working towards, and it marks the culmination of a rigorous review led by the Instructional Quality Commission.

What does this mean?
This means that Twig Science is now on the exclusive list of approved programs from which schools in California purchase their resources.

Twig Science is a phenomena-based TK–6 Science and Engineering program, built for California and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Along with our award-winning films and engaging digital and hands-on investigations, Twig Science’s print and/or digital solutions offer truly three-dimensional science and cross-curricular connections.

Also included is an assessment suite to track performance expectations.

Our partnership with SCALE means that our assessments are truly 3-D and deliver in building students’ confidence and preparing them for state assessments.

We are thrilled that all students will have access to real-world Science and Engineering as early as elementary school.

Catherine Cahn, CEO at Twig Education, said: “Twig Education has a history of creating innovative science products for students around the globe. We’re excited that students all across California will have the opportunity to explore their world through Twig Science while gaining key skills for success in the 21st century.”

Watch the Twig Science promo film here:

Students working on Twig Science hands-on tasks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see the full press release, including quotes from SCALE and Imperial College London, you can download it here.

Downloadable Thanksgiving Resources

To help celebrate Thanksgiving with your students, download our free resources, including a gratitude worksheet and a template for a fun Thanksgiving scavenger hunt.

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Classroom Resources for the UN Climate Change Conference

You’ve probably heard a lot about the UN Climate Change Conference—known as the COP26 Summit. Leaders from around the globe have come together in Glasgow, Scotland, between October 31 and November 12 to accelerate action toward the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

If you would like to learn more about the conference and get your school involved, click here.

We have also put together some classroom resources for you and your students.

1. The Problem with Cow Farts

Did you know that cow farts contribute to climate change? Today, why not learn about the environmental impact of cattle farming.

2. Fracking

There are a variety of different energy sources, some of which are controversial. Why not watch this video about fracking, a process of using high-pressure fluid to fracture underground rock to release natural gas, and explore both sides of the debate with your students.

3. Can Shrimp Shells Replace Plastic Bags?

It’s important to try to reduce how much plastic we are using! Did you know that plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose? A team of researchers has come up with an innovative solution: shrimp shells!

4. Vanishing Glaciers

Climate change is having a dramatic effect on glaciers as the Earth’s temperature is rising. This week, why not learn about the Glacier National Park and see what we can do to protect glaciers?

5. Eco-cities: Food Waste

Did you know that across the world, around one-third of all food produced is wasted? Learn how some cities are finding ways to reduce food waste and turn it into a valuable resource!

6. Eco-cities: Transportation

In most urban areas, traffic congestion is one of the biggest causes of air pollution. But recently, some cities have been tackling this problem by introducing new electric and driverless cars!


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