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ESS science coaches works with school sites to provide resources for teachers, providing materials, information, and encouragement.  Coaches provide ongoing support during the school year, helping teachers gain new knowledge as they design and implement effective lessons. Coaches also offer support to help teachers reflect on their practice and give them the opportunity to engage in professional conversations about student learning.

To go to Next Generation Science Standards and Framework websites, click here.

Curriculum & Resources

NGSS Rollout Information

The purpose of this link is to ensure that California teachers, administrators, and districts have the resources needed to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards into their classrooms and schools.

STEM Resources

  1. "Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM"
  2. "Top STEM Websites"

ESS Science Kits

Science Kits are available for check out.  Discover our TCDE Mathematics and Science library complete with guides and materials for GEMS Kits, Project Wet Kits, Engineering is Elementary Kits, and Family Engineering Kits.  For more information please contact Estelle Daricek at



GEMS Kits are fun for students and teachers alike!

Tehama County Department of Education is home to GEMS Center #60, serving the counties of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama! The Mathematics and Science office, along with the SERRF After School Program, house approximately 25 DIFFERENT kits available to GEMS Certified Instructors!

Lawrence Hall of Science, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley has created California standard aligned, interactive mathematics and science activity kits for grades K-9.

See the PDF document below for a listing of all Mathematics and Science GEMS Kits along with CA standards-aligned information and a brief explanation of each kit. This list is always being updated, so please come back and see us again! For more GEMS information:

From their headquarters in Montana, Project WET develops and delivers the world's best water education resources, organize special water events, manage a worldwide network of local implementing partners and advocate for the role of water education in solving the world's most pressing water issues.  Project WET's mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solver complex water issues.  We achieve our mission by:

  • Publishing water resource education materials that are appropriate for many different age groups and cultures and offer comprehensive courage of the broad topic of water.
  • Providing training workshops to educators at all levels, formal and non-formal, on diverse water topics so that those educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education.
  • Organizing and inspiring community water events, including water festivals and ActionEducation™​ projects.
  • Building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals, NGO, water scientists and other experts to advocate for the role of water education in solving complex water issues.

TCDE offers two Project WET Kits for teacher use for Grades K-5.  Each kit has approximately 4-5 different activities related to water and water issues.  Teachers may use all of select specific activities to complete with their classes.  These kits are for classroom sizes up to 30 students.  Trainings will be offered by ESS on how to use the materials in classrooms; highly suggested. Below are the links to the two different activity kits and their content:  




Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.  The EiE curriculum integrates engineering with science and improves student understanding of technology.  These connections are important!  Though people ten to think of science, engineering, and technology as three separate things, they're actually closely connected.

  • Every unit uses a filed of engineering as a unifying theme.
  • Lessons are flexible--they can be adapted for different grades/abilities.
  • Lessons are scaffolded--they build logically to the final engineering design challenge. 
  • All activities use simple, inexpensive materials.
  • We choose activities that appeal to ALL students--including girls and members of minority groups. 

We recommend teaching EiE units using pedagogical methods based on a social constructivist view of learning.  These include the following:

  • Contextual Learning and Problem Solving - EiE engineering design challenges and shows students how what they learn in school connects with the world around them,
  •  Collaborative Learning and Teamwork - Most EiE activities involves small-group work that encourages students to consider more than one solution or idea and work collaboratively.
  • Communication - All EiE curricula develop students' communication skills and encourage them to share ideas in several ways: speaking, writing, drawing, and building. ​​
  • Project-based Learning - EiE's engineering design challenges engage students in inquiry.  As they analyze their own data and make decisions about their designs, students engage with contact, hone their critical-thinking skills, and take ownership of their learning.

TCDE offers two EiE kits for teacher use for Grades 1-5 (although they can be adapted K-12)  There are four separate lessons that makeup each kit.  These kits are for classroom sizes up to 30 students.  Trainings will be offered by ESS on how to use the materials in classrooms; highly suggested.  Click the following links to see the available units.

To Get to the Other Side: Designing Bridges 

Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills

The Best of Bugs:  Designing Hand Pollinators




Bring engineering to life!

Family Engineering invites educators, engineers, university science and engineering students, community youth leaders, and parents to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers with exciting, hands-on activities and events for elementary-aged children and adults.

The Family Engineering kits are a valuable resource for providing informal engineering learning experience to elementary age children (ages 7-12) and their families.  Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, Family Engineering promotes 21st century skills of inquiry, creativity, teamwork, and collaborative problem solving.  the Family Engineering program can be used by any individual or organization to plan and conduct successful community outreach events.  Explore how science plays a role in daily life through hands-on activities.

Come by the ESS office and browse the Family Engineering kits for check out!  In the meantime, check out some Sample Activities you can try at home.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science.  The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you for grades K-5.  The supplemental activities are:

  • Hands - On ---- leads students in the doing of science and engineering.
  • NGSS - aligned and Common Core ----aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and supports Common Core
  • ​Less prep, more learning ----lesson prep takes minutes not hours.  Captivate your students with short videos and discussion questions.

Free membership is available to a limited number of teachers for this year.   Click here to sign up!!!!

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Unfamiliar with Breakout Edu? Check out the introduction video here. We have two Breakout Edu kits to check out that include..

  • 1 Large Breakout EDU Kit
  • 1 Hasp
  • 1 word lock
  • 1 three-digit lock
  • 1 four-digit lock
  • 1 directional lock
  • 1 key lock
  • 1 UV light
  • 1 invisible ink pen
  • 1 small lockable box
  • 1 usb thumb drive
  • 2 hint cards

You can access all the printables for games by going to and choosing the game you would like to play. Print off all the materials and change the lock combinations to play your game. The password to access each game is showyourwork (please do not distribute to students)