Teacher Courses

physical science

Energy: Transfer and Transformation in Systems

Explore how a deeper understanding of energy transfer and transformations allows us to effectively explain phenomena, predict change and identify solutions in natural and designed systems.

Teachers will:

  • Participate in a supported learning community alongside your peers to build content and pedagogical knowledge and skills. (Common to all courses)
  • Experience phenomena driven lessons which model three dimensional NGSS teaching and learning appropriate for 4th–8th grade students. (Common to all courses)
  • Explore different ways that energy can be transferred and transformed among various forms of energy, such as mechanical, thermal and electrical energy. 
  • Explore how energy is a powerful crosscutting concept that allows scientists to better understand the behavior of natural and designed systems in order to solve problems. 
  • Learn how to address student misconceptions about energy in order to foster conceptual change in their learnings. 
  • Learn how to engage students in relevant inquiry-based experiences in order to support a deeper conceptual understanding of energy. 

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

PS1: Matter and its interactions

  • PS1.A: Structures and properties of matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical reactions

PS2: Motion and stability: forces and interactions

  • PS2.B: Types of interactions

PS3: Energy

  • PS3.A: Definitions of energy
  • PS3.B: Conservation of energy and energy transfer
  • PS3.C: Relationship between energy and forces
  • PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and every day life

LS1: From molecules to organisms: structures and processes

  • LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

ETS1: Engineering design

  • ETS1.A: Defining and delimiting engineering problems
  • ETS1.B: Developing possible solutions
  • ETS1.C: Optimizing the design solution