Scientific literacy enables citizens to understand headlines, make wise decisions, and tackle complex challenges. To increase scientific literacy, we work to make science learning more engaging and accessible for all learners. From preschool to adult education, our instructional resources deepen understanding of science concepts and broaden participation in meaningful science.

We support educators in building learners’ data literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and discourse skills. We conduct rigorous studies that examine strategies to close opportunity gaps in science education and enhance instruction. Our findings produce usable and practical knowledge that help inform education leaders, decision-makers, and policymakers.


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Senior Research Associate
Leslie Goodyear
Principal Research Scientist
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Science Educator
Randy Kochevar
Director, Oceans of Data Institute
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Abigail Jurist Levy
Co-Director, Science and Mathematics Programs
Carrie Lewis
Senior Technical Advisor
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Senior Project Director
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Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Project Director
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Distinguished Scholar
Melanie Sany
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth Livelihoods


Here are a few of our resources on science. To see more, visit our Resources section.


The Possible Worlds website offers free digital games and instructional resources to help middle school science teachers address students’ persistent misconceptions.


This three-part series, funded by the National Science Foundation, features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photo


This series of three engaging, animated videos presents some key considerations and potential pitfalls to avoid in choosing and using an effective curriculum.


Developed by EDC with support from the National Science Foundation and published by LAB-AIDS, EDC Earth Science is a full year, activity-driven high school earth science course that is ful


This report offers research-backed guidelines to support designers of big data interfaces for education.


A series of 14 design engineering booklets that include student and teacher guidance for implementing long-term activities, such as designing a pinball game or building a trebuchet.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains research, presentations, and white papers developed by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), which is dedicated to transforming education to help individuals succeed


The investigations in Explore It! provide an experiential foundation for the development of concepts aligned with the national standards that are addressed in formal school curricula. Explore It!

Digital games

EDC developed four online games for middle school science students that address common misconceptions about photosynthesis, heredity, electricity, and heat transfer.


EDC led the development of SMARTR, a website of free math and science “virtual learning experiences” (VLEs) for middle-grades students.