The following statements are copied from the State Department of Education Science Education Matrix:
I. Inquiry-based Instruction
A. Demonstrate process of science such as posing questions, observing, investigating
phenomena, interpreting findings, communicating results, and making judgments based on
B. Teach key science concepts in depth.
C. Relate the major concepts of the various science disciplines to each other and show how
these disciplines are interconnected.
D. Relate the concepts of science to contemporary, historical, technological, ethical,
environmental, and other social issues.
E. Design and conduct inquiry-based, open-ended investigations -both laboratory and field
based- in a learning environment that maintains an appropriate level of safety.
F. Use a variety of technologies, such as hand tool, measuring instruments, calculators, and
computers to collect, analyze, and display data.
II. Science Content Core
A. Understand the unifying concepts of science such as scale and model, form and function,
organization, interactions, change and conservation, and be able to apply them to science
C. Understand the major concepts and principles of chemistry
E. Understand the major concepts and principles of earth/space science
A. Explain atomic structure and the development of atomic theory.
B. Explain the use of the periodic table of the elements in predicting the formula of a
C. Understand about nuclear chemistry, radioactive decay, and nuclear energy.
D. Describe the differences between covalent and ionic bonding and the different properties
of compounds formed by each.
H. Explain the chemistry of selected elements in depth.
I. Explain solutions and the quantitative calculations of concentrations.
K. Explain the chemistry of water and of the atmosphere and pollution problems associated
L. Understand the processing of chemical raw materials from the earth, air, and sea and their
importance to our economy.
M. Relate knowledge of electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells, and corrosion.
P. Explain elementary thermodynamics.
Q. Understand chemical kinetics
R. Apply mathematics, including calculus, to investigations in chemistry and the analysis of