General Resources

Science Quarterly Updates (link to documents)

STEM Teaching Tools website

State Developed Resources

Eat a Rainbow–Elementary PBL Example (link to PDF)

Science Organizations

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) website

Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS) website

Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) website

Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS) website

Safety Resources

Science Safety from the Council of State Science Supervisors Links to  PDF files that are free for schools to download.

Safety First Flyer (PDF Download from Flinn Scientific)

School Chemical Disposal (link to Ne Department of Environmental Quality)

2010 Science Standards Documents

2010 Science Standards 
Physical Science
Life Science
Earth/Space Science
Articulated Format
Vertical Format 
Extended Science Standards K-8 Science Standards Instructional Tool
Grades K-12 Standards (Horizontal Format)

Sample K-12 Science Curriculum
Articulated Sample K-12 Science Curriculum
Inquiry Scoring Rubric

Science/English Language Arts Crosswalk
Science/Environmental Education Crosswalk

NeSA Science
Science Standards DOK
NeSA-Science Vocabulary


Sara Cooper

Science Education Specialist
402-471-0117 (Fax)


Patsy Shald

Administrative Assistant
402-471-0117 (Fax)



ED/Green Ribbon Schools


2018 Nebraska ED-GRS Timeline

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) program will continue its 7th cycle of awards for 2017-2018.  The deadline for submitting applications will be March 15th, 2018  for this cycle. Below are the links for the school and district applications. Please remember that ALL components do not need to be completed; however selection will be based on the quality of evidence demonstrating well-rounded sustainability efforts in all 3 pillars.

Application Forms:
Applications will be completed on-line. Applicants have the ability to edit applications after submission until the March 15 deadline.


  • Nebraska GreenSchools Program:  The GreenSchools Program is an environmental service-learning program that inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community.  This is a great way to prepare your school to be a candidate for the ED/Green Ribbon Program as your school participates in five student led-investigations.
  • Public Information and Education Mini-Grant Awards (PIE Grants) –a potential funding source for initiatives fitting the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board Funding Categories in habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality, and soil management.
  • Resources for schools (provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Environmental Engagement in the Community class)
  • Presentation of the project done by UNL Environmental Engagement in the Community class to improve ED-GRS in Nebraska (full of great resources)


Science Education

“Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.”
~ Carl Sagan

The Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on September 8, 2017.  The development of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science were guided by The National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education . As standards are only guidelines for instruction and not panaceas for change; moving toward research-based instructional practices requires ongoing, collaborative work among Nebraska’s teaching and learning professionals. 

2017 Science Standards Approved Sept. 8, 2017
The standards can also be accessed from the Content Area Standards Webpage.

Implementation Plan 
The implementation plan is designed to support the gradual implementation of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science while building capacity within all grade bands. State-level supports will be designed following this implementation plan. Local districts are encouraged to develop local implementation plans that meet district needs. 

 2010 Science Standards 
Physical Science
Life Science
Earth/Space Science

Articulated Format
Vertical Format
Extended Science Standards 

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