In 2022, Pennsylvania officially adopted a new set of K-12 science standards. The Pennsylvania Science, Technology & Engineering, Environmental Literacy & Sustainability (STEELS) standards are expected to be fully integrated into practice by the 2025-2026 school year. The focus of these new standards is to move past memorizing and understanding scientific facts and dive deeper into making real-world connections by investigating scientific phenomena in the natural world and designing solutions to problems that exist. These new standards are better aligned with the most recent research and best practices around science education and include a new domain for environmental literacy and sustainability.
The Flex Farm by Fork Farms is a great resource to help integrate many of these new standards into the classroom for all ages. From learning about how hydroponics works to understanding the life cycle of a plant, to discussing ways we can provide sustainable food sources on earth, the Flex Farm curriculum is packed with hands-on activities, real-world discussions, and design challenges that meet a plethora of the new STEELS standards from kindergarten up through high school.
If you already have a Flex Farm in your school, use the guide below alongside the Flex Farm curriculum to help you as you transition your lesson plans to meet the new STEELS standards.
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