Amplify Science


Amplify Science is a phenomena-based core curriculum for students grades K-8 built from the ground up for the NGSS.

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based

Target Audience

All Students

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8

 Accomplished link

Program Impact

Since launching in 2016, Amplify Science has been making an impact on teaching and learning across the United States. The core curriculum currently reaches more than 5 thousand teachers and 130 thousand students as they make the shift to the NGSS.


Program Overview

Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models in order to arrive at solutions. Authored by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Science provides a comprehensive program, blending literacy-rich activities, hands-on lessons, and engaging digital experiences to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real 21st century scientists and engineers.

Amplify Science includes powerful digital teaching tools, hands-on activities, and print materials to support both Online and offline teaching and learning. Highly adaptable and user-friendly, the program allows students and individual teachers flexibility based on their technology resources and preferences.

How To Get Involved

To learn more about Amplify Science and to sample two of our units today, visit Interested in trying Amplify Science in your classroom? Contact an Amplify representative.

Funders and Partners

Program Authors: UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. The mission of The Lawrence Hall of Science is to inspire and foster learning of science for all, especially those who have limited access to science. The Hall investigates, creates, and evaluates educational materials and methods, professional development programs, and hands-on learning experiences for their science center, schools, communities, and homes. To address the challenges in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education today, they have created a comprehensive set of programs to help increase the quality and quantity of science learning that children get both in and out of school.


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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

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Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.