The Creative Scheduling group, staffed with several science teachers, was tasked with looking at inquiry in our new science curriculum. We are in the process of redesigning our curriculum to include a STEM class freshman year and integrated units throughout the following three to four classes. All students will be completing four levels of inquiry based on the ELF Framework in each class. However, we wanted to create a designated "genius" hour within our coursework. Working with consultants from Columbia Teacher's College and NJIT, our science teachers began to envision a student led program with problem-based learning. The creative scheduling group worked to refine these ideas and develop a protocol where inquiry could be independent, scaffolded, and meaningful.
This curriculum and program will continue to be developed throughout the year for implementation in 2016-17.