1. Scientific Literacy.
FOSS provides all students with science experiences that:
In today's world it is critical for all citizens to be scientifically literate. They should be able to make thoughtful, informed decisions on topics that will affect not only their lives, but the lives of generations to come.
FOSS provides all teachers with a complete, flexible, easy-to-use science program that:
Hands-on science is intrinsically fun and interesting for students. Most teachers can be superb science teachers when they are provided with effective instructional materials. The FOSS program is designed to make hands-on science engaging for teachers as well as students.
The FOSS program design makes it appropriate for reform efforts on all scales. It has met with the approval of science and technology companies working in collaboration with school systems, and has demonstrated its effectiveness with diverse student and teacher populations in major urban reform efforts. FOSS continues to respond to the needs of systems moving away from passive exposure to scientific concepts toward real experiences for students that reflect the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education.