Bettering every child's education
through their academic journey


Our Mission

The mission of Cereal City Science is to provide excellent STEM-based resources to support high quality education for all children. Our vision is to be a positive influential resource for the betterment of every child through their academic journey.


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Our Standards

Three-dimensional learning


Science content is best learned by engaging in the practices and applying it to real world phenomena.  Our curriculum will help improve inquiry in the classroom by placing students in the role of scientist or engineer and using the practices to build scientific knowledge.  The shift to three-dimensional learning allows students to explore real world phenomena in an ongoing process of questioning, investigating, developing and refining explanatory models about the world.  The National Research Council's framework describes a vision of three-dimensional learning that includes:


  • science and engineering practices
  • disciplinary core ideas
  • crosscutting concepts
  • Inquiry-based learning


    Cereal City Science curriculum, designed with the 5E Learning Cycle - engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate - provides teachers with classroom instruction units that include opportunities for interaction in the classroom as students:


  • raise questions and carry out investigations
  • talk and write about their observations and emerging understandings
  • discuss and carry out ways to test their understanding
  • New Units for the Next Generation

    Statistics show that districts who use these units produce higher test scores than districts who don't. Clearly, students and teachers alike are benefiting from this rewarding program. And this is why:

    NGSS Alignment by "Topic"

    Each unit aligns with the performance expectations as formatted in the "Topic" arrangement of the NGSS, weaving content, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts throughout.

    CCS Alignment for ELA and Math

    Break down the "silos" of learning and teach reading, writing, and mathematics within the process of learning new information and solving problems.

    Problem and Project Based Units

    Each unit begins with a problem to solve or project to build. Students identify the science concepts they need to know to complete the project or solve the problem.

    Formative Assessment and Assessment Probes

    What do we know? What have we learned? What more do we need to know? The teacher guide includes a facilitation guide with questioning techniques and assessment probes to identify student progress and understanding.

    Performance
    Tasks

    Apply what we have learned to solve problems and design projects! Students are assessed through their completed projects or solutions, scientific explanations - claim, evidence, and reasoning - and presentations.

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    Our Focus on "High Priority" Schools

    BCAMSC has targeted a group of underachieving schools for intensive interventions over the past five years. Prior to their interventions, the percent of students reaching proficiency levels was 51% of the state average. Percent proficiency is currently at 90% of the state average.

    - Michigan Mathematics and Science

    Network Final Report, 2006


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    Proficiency levels rise by 39% within five years

    Decision Toolkit

    The Decision Toolkit is made up of essential information and resources for you to download in order to get your school or district on board with our curriculum.

    Our History

    Our Beginning


    During the summer of 1989, a group of Battle Creek business and community leaders joined the area superintendents to examine ways to significantly impact the problems of mathematics and science education in the Battle Creek area. From that effort the initial set of STEM curriculum was created for grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade, with warehouse and distribution taking place in a vacant school gymnasium. Cereal City Science was born.

    Expansion


    In the summer of 2013, Cereal City Science operations relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility in the downtown Battle Creek community, with expanded capacity and greater technology and equipment. During this period our curriculum and unit kits were upgraded to ELA Common Core standards, expanded through seventh grade, and we launched an Outreach and Professional Learning service for our member district educators and students.

    Today


    Our operations continue to expand, with new technology, an expanded operations and a customer support organization that supports bringing our innovative curriculum and professional learning resources to the national level. Our curriculum continues to evolve, aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards, the Michigan Science Standards, and the Common Core Standards. With Unit Kits in all four strands of science proficiency [physical, life, earth, and inquiry & technology] our curriculum will soon cover Kindergarten through Eighth grade.