In 1985, the American Association for the Advancement of Science launched a long-term effort to reform science, mathematics, and technology education for the 21st century. That same year, Halley’s Comet was approaching the sun, prompting the project’s originators to consider all of the scientific and technological changes that a child entering school in 1985 would witness before the return of the comet in 2061—hence the name, Project 2061. Project 2061 “is dedicated to making science literacy a reality for all students and will continue to develop innovative, yet practical, tools educators can use to put science literacy goals to work at every level of the education system,” according to its web site. Panels of scientists, mathematicians, and technologists have prepared a report, called “Science for All Americans,” outlining what all high-school graduates should be able to do in science, math, and technology and establishing principles for effective learning and teaching. The project’s web site includes links to several publications that encourage science literacy. Its “Benchmarks” section provides sequences of specific learning goals that educators can organize however they choose in designing a core curriculum that meets the goals for science literacy recommended in “Science for All Americans.” The site is a great resource to use when developing science curriculum.

http://www.project2061.org