The U.S. Department of Education has awarded AAAS's Project 2061 a $1.6 million grant to develop new tools for finding out how students build their knowledge of energy concepts over time and for helping teachers diagnose their students' learning difficulties.
Project 2061 will design three assessments for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The tests will evaluate students' knowledge of the different forms of energy, energy transformation, energy transfer, energy dissipation, and conservation of energy. Teachers will have the option to administer the multiple-choice tests in either online or print formats.
"A strong foundation of knowledge about energy is essential," said Cari F. Herrmann Abell, senior research associate for Project 2061, the long-term AAAS initiative to improve the science literacy of all Americans. "Whether choosing which cars we drive or thinking about national energy policy issues, understanding basic energy concepts can help everyone make more well-informed decisions."
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