Mann Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Education

Mann STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Horace Mann Middle School has been a leader in piloting the Next Generation Science Standards. California adopted the NGSS standards in 2013. San Diego Unified was one of ten school districts in the state to be selected for the Early Implementation Initiative. The Implementation Team is currently in the process of developing a statewide rollout model.

Mann Science Department Chair, Dr. Rachael Tarshes is a member of the district's Core Leadership Team. Starting in sixth grade, Mann students learn through the three dimensions of the NGSS standards which emphasize the engineering of solutions and the investigation of problems. Students analyze data, conduct design cycles, integrate technology and use a multitude of communication skills to collaboratively tackle real-world issues. These practices and skills are preparing Mann students for college and career readiness.

Horace Mann STEM Field Trips:

Hi-Tech Fair

UCSD Seismic Lab

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab

Scripps Aquarium Beach Science Program

NGSS Videos:

Science Course Standards:

Physical Science:

MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

MS-PS3 Energy

MS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Life Science:

MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Earth and Space Science:

MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity


MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

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