Welcome to the Center for Innovative Science Education

The OCM BOCES Center for Innovative Science Education supports educators in providing cohesive and authentic K-12 science learning experiences that allow students to understand and develop curiosity about the natural world and the connection between science and their life, while also developing students ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, and cognitively engage in the practices of science.

To contact us or order living materials, we can be reached by phone at 315.433.2671 or online using the Contact Link.

NGSS LogoNY Science Learning Standards

New York State is in the process of adopting new science standards based on the Next Generation Science Standards. The Science Center will be leading the region in this exciting change in science education. Please use the link to find resources and up-to-date information related to the NYSSLS.

Science Leadership Resources

The Science Leadership Network consists of regional district, building and teacher leaders. This group meets several times a year to engage in professional inquiry with  the goal of continuous collaborative improvement of K-12 science learning in the the region. This year the group is focused on preparing for the upcoming New York State Science Learning Standards by studying A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC, 2012). 


Science Kit ON-LINE Scheduling - start date May 18th

The time frame for on-line scheduling for the Science Kit program is:
Wednesday, May 18th - Friday July 8th.  
You will need a user name and password to log in which is found on the District/Building worksheets.  Access scheduling for the Health Kits by clicking the button labeled "School Health and Wellness Kit Scheduling".


Link to Science Kit Units and Program Descriptions

Science Kits and Programs

Our Science Kits provide teachers with the sequential lessons and materials needed to engage students, promote a positive attitude.  Our science units develop inquiry and problem solving skills, as well as learn developmentally appropriate science content.

In addition to our science and health programs we offer the following: Planetarium Program (K - 12), Fish Hatching Program (K - 12), Adirondack Summer Program (10 - 12), Marine Summer Program (10 - 12).


Teacher Resources

Access to Teacher Resource Website, Science Kit Book List, OCM BOCES Curriculum Resource Center, NYSED ...

School Health and Wellness Kits

The school health kit collection is now under the "umbrella" of Youth Development with the Science Center providing kit refurbishment/delivery support.

Science Center Event Calendar

Science Kit Training Schedule & Registration
View the training schedule and/or register for a session. We are now using My Learning Plan for all training registrations.

Elementary & Intermediate Science Test

Information about the upcoming ELS (Elementary Level Science) and ILS (Intermediate Level Science) Test administration dates and training on administering/scoring the performance section.

Enterprise America Program

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This amazing learning program for middle school students includes several weeks of class-room curriculum aligned to Common Core and NYS Learn-ing Standards. As an Enterprise America teacher, you’ll prepare your students by having them explore what it takes to make a modern American city work, from local government to business to wellness and media. Then, you and your students will take that knowledge and put it into practice by running the Enterprise America “city” for a day.
Last updated on 5/18/2016
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