UCSB Database of K-12 Science Experiments

Welcome! This project is a collaboration between faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSB to create an online community of K-12 science educators. Science activities will be classroom tested and reviewed with the aim of meeting the state of California's science content standards.
This website is in the pilot stage and we are currently working on developing tested experiments for grades K through five. Additional grade level content will be added in the future. If you are interested in assisting us by sharing your classroom experiments please contact us.

The goals of this project are three-fold:
  • To provide teachers a resource to efficiently locate effective science activities that suits their needs to instill an appreciation for the excitement and creativity of science in K-12 students
  • To expose students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science and engineering to successful and engaging role models from our diverse and excellent UCSB student community
  • To encourage our UCSB undergraduate and graduate students to consider a career in science teaching

News and Latest Developments

Update 3/18/2016

Physical Science Summer Institute for K-6 teachers Aug. 1-5

Physical Science for Grades K–6 focused on Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions (PS2); Energy: Definition, Conservation, Transfer, and Forces (PS3); Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer (PS4)

Science Matters Conceptual Flow Lesson Units

In June, 2011, a team of Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Teacher Leaders from Science Matters, working in conjunction with expert science curriculum consultants from the K-12 Alliance at WestEd, completed Unit I of a series of standards-based instructional units for Grades 4, 5, and 6 in Earth, Life and Physical Science.

Success Story

Nancy Escamilla teaches 5th grade at E.P Foster Elementary, Ventura, where they integrate science, math and language arts. We believe that the way they integrate science, math and language arts is very effective in motivating all students - including English learners - and helping them to improve significantly in all subjects. 50% of their students are language learners.

5th Grade Field trips to UCSB

Each quarter, 8 to 10 workshops are offered for 5th graders in the lab at UCSB. Each workshop includes a class of 25 to 30 students, parents and teachers. Undergraduates in the chemistry club and in general chemistry lecture classes are provided with the opportunity to teach in the chemistry outreach program.

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