Project Guts

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project guts [growing up thinking scientifically]

Project GUTS logo Interested in learning how to integrate science and computer science? Join us for our weeklong Project GUTS Professional Learning Program and learn how computational models can be used to think scientifically.


Project GUTS is an integrated science and computer science program for middle school students. The curriculum focuses on teaching students to grow up thinking scientifically, meaning to learn to look at the world and to ask questions, developing and using computer models that help answer questions through scientific inquiry, and using critical thinking to assess which ideas are reasonable and which are not.  To grow up thinking scientifically means knowing science to be a computing-rich, dynamic, creative endeavor, a way of thinking, rather than a body of facts.

This weeklong professional development will provide teachers with the content and pedagogy to integrate the Project GUTS curriculum into their classrooms. The week-long workshop will provide participants the opportunity to explore the curriculum and tools, consider classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a local community of teachers who are using this curriculum.

Project GUTS is aligned to the CSTA and NGSS standards. The science content is geared towards the 6-8 strands life, physical, and Earth science strands in NGSS. Emphasis will be made throughout the week on helping educators understand how computer science can be used to explain scientific phenomena and integrated into their teaching. See specific connections to the Iowa Core.

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