The Science 21 Elementary Science Curriculum Project envisions that science classrooms in member districts will foster a learning environment where all students learn the practices, the core idea, and crosscutting concepts of science and engineering to become independent and collaborative, problem-solvers, and self-directed learners in their present and future lives. In such an environment students will:

     Engage in the active construction of essential core ideas in science and engineering that is developmentally appropriate and relevant to their lives in the life sciences, earth/space sciences, physical science, and engineering.

     Be encouraged to evaluate phenomena and then construct meaning through hands-on activities using appropriate materials and skills.

     Be encouraged to identify real-world human problems, designing solutions, evaluating solutions and communicating this information in a variety of ways including spoken, written, pictorial, graphical, and mathematical forms.

     Engage in a variety of child-centered learning experiences where they must apply Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts to other disciplines and in areas beyond the classroom.

     Be assessed in a variety of ways, including performance tasks, exhibitions, written and oral tests and portfolios, to demonstrate what they know and can do in science.