Scienstars is an exciting new science fiction series designed to help teach science in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards*. Our mission: to entertain, educate, and inspire the next generation of scientists!
First and foremost, Scienstars will tell a good story. The series is set in a fully developed science fictional universe, with interesting characters, plenty of action, and thought provoking story arcs. To read more, see The Story page.
Core ideas, scientific practices, and crosscutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards framework are incorporated directly into each Scienstars episode. The NGSS were developed by a coalition of 26 states and stakeholders in science, science education, higher education, and industry, using a framework document developed by the National Research Council. To learn more about the NGSS, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org or read the framework document at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165# .
Science fiction is a gateway to science. Ask any scientist, and odds are s/he was inspired by sci-fi to pursue an education and career in science. The goal of Scienstars is to be the gateway for the next generation of scientists. We want to create episodes that are as exciting as a blockbuster movie, cultivate a positive view of science, and challenge fans to turn science fiction into the next science fact. To quote a famous starship captain, make it so!