From New Hampshire Department of Education K-12 Science Literacy NH Curriculum Framework: State of NH K-12 Broad Goals of Science Education
- Students will use inquiry strategies to investigate and understand the natural world.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and principles central to the biological, physical, and earth sciences, and engineering, while recognizing the interrelationship of all the sciences.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic laws which govern and explain phenomena observed in the natural world.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of, and be able to practice, the basic processes which scientists use to obtain and continually revise knowledge about the natural world.
- Students will perceive that scientific and technological knowledge is the result of the cumulative efforts of people, past and present, who have attempted to explain the world through an objective, peer-tested, rational approach to understanding natural phenomena and occurrences.
- Students will display a sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world, and demonstrate an increasing awareness of the interdependence between all living things and the environment.
- Students will demonstrate their abilities to identify human needs and concerns and to engage in problem-solving processes to define the problem, research and generate solutions, and develop simulations and prototypes to test their ideas before implementation.
- Students will be able to apply rational, creative-thinking, and investigative skills and use scientific and technical knowledge in their roles as citizens, workers, family members, and consumers in an increasingly technological society.
- Students will use oral and written communication, mathematical representation, and physical and conceptual models to describe and explain scientific concepts and ideas, and will be able to apply scientific and technical knowledge.
- Students will know and employ safe practices and techniques in the laboratory, in field work or any other scientific investigation, and when using scientific or technological materials at home or work.