Merced County Office of Education

 Science (K-12)


​​​​Curriculum/Instruction and Research

Coordinator, Science/STEM
Phone: (209) 381-5971

Staff Secretary
Phone: (209) 381-4570
Fax: (209) 381-6774​

Science Education Resources and Reports:

CDE - Next Generation Science Standards (Website)

The release of the Conceptual Framework for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) on July 19, 2011, was the first of two steps to develop new science standards for the states. Through a state-led process, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

Lyles College of Engineering - Fresno State (Website)

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley.  The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.

California Science Teachers Association (Website)

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

California STEM Learning Network (Website)

CSLNet's Statewide Initiatives address key STEM learning challenges by building coherence among California's many STEM-related programs and identifying solutions that can be addressed by a concerted statewide effort. CSLNet is working with its Regional Networks and other partners around California to advance a set of Statewide Initiatives that scale high quality STEM teaching and learning across regions and throughout the state.

National Science Teachers Association (Website)

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

STEM Connector (Website)

The one-stop shop for STEM education.

STEM Education Coalition (Website)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.

Change The Equation (Website)

Through our coalition of CEOs, Change the Equation pledges to foster widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that sparks an innovative spirit in students and prepares them for post-secondary options.

American Society for Engineering Education (Website)

Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are team players with independent minds.  Engineers are changing the world all the time by dreaming up creative and practical solutions.

Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) (Website)

One of the country's most innovative and successful programs, MESA works with thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees.  MESA works closely with industry partners and the University of California, California State University, the California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the State Department of Education. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative academic development program.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (Website)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.

Society For the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans In Science (SACNAS) (Website)

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

STEM Scouts (Website)

STEM* Scouts is a collaborative effort pooling the talents and resources of universities, government agencies, corporations, and individuals to engage students in an ever-expanding series of high-interest activities that develop the skills and interest enabling success in STEM-related careers.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (Website)

With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. The NCIIA ‘pipeline’ provides nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development training, mentoring, and investment. The NCIIA provides faculty with funding for courses and programs, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking. (Website) brings you the latest research for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We partner with groups like the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) and the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) to bring you insightful research.  Whether you are a School Administrator, STEM Specialist, or a company developing products for the STEM market, our reports will help you understand both the challenges and the opportunities facing STEM education.

National Math and Science Initiative (Website)

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the teacher training organization Laying the Foundation (LTF) merged at the end of 2011, putting in place a seamless system for preparing middle school and high school students to succeed in Pre-AP and AP courses in the critical fields of math and science.

TIES-Teaching Institute for Excellence In STEM (Website)

STEM education is trans-disciplinary in nature offering students the ability to use project-based learning to address real-world issues that affect their family, their community and their world. TIES works with regional and state economic development organizations to fuel STEM education curriculum and instructional program development for the benefit of all. Our students are digital natives and TIES works to ensure that the “Technology and Engineering” in STEM drive the relevance of the “Science and Mathematics.”

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Website)

Since 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has supported outstanding individuals and institutions to help reshape American education. The Woodrow Wilson Fellows include 13 Nobel Laureates, 35 MacArthur Fellows, 11 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Fields Medalists—and thousands of everyday heroes, in and beyond the classroom

SIEMENS Foundation (Website)

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States.  Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. The newest program, The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.

Intel Foundation (Website)

Founded in 1989, the Intel Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide. By providing funding for national and localized grants, the foundation helps fuel innovation in classrooms, empower women and underserved youth, and enables Intel employees to serve the needs of their communities. The goals of the Intel Foundation are to increase interest in math and science education, and to help develop a future workforce that represents the diversity around the world.

Dow Chemical Foundation (Website)

One of the world's largest chemical manufacturers, Dow's philanthropic arm tries to open students' eyes to STEM career opportunities.

TERC (Website)

For more than forty years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. Led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals, TERC is an independent, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities.

Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018 (Website)

The Georgetown Univer­sity Center on Education and the Workforce report shows that by 2018, we will need 22 million new college degrees—but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million post-­secondary degrees, Associate’s or better. In addition, we will need at least 4.7 million new workers with post-secondary certificates. At a time when every job is precious, this shortfall will mean lost economic opportunity for millions of American workers.

The Nations Report Card (Website)

In 2015, National Assessment of Educational Progress measured students' knowledge in science including physical science, life science and earth and space science. Results are available at the state level in grades 4, 8 and 12.

​CCSS & CTE: Bridging the Divide (Website)

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states and the District of Columbia, there is a tremendous opportunity to rethink the role of literacy and mathematics not only within academic classes but also in CTE courses and pathways, encouraging more collaboration and integration between educators across disciplines.

Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness outlines a set of strategies state and district leaders can leverage to ensure the implementation of Common Core State Standards engages, informs, and benefits from the career and technical education (CTE) community, a critical partner in the broader college- and career-ready agenda.


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