Telling children how scientists do science does not necessarily lead to far-reaching changes in how children do science.” – Seymour Papert

Welcome to Creating Scientists, the online home of Dr. Christopher Moore, the Dr. George F. Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science and associate professor of physics education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Dr. Moore is the author of the forthcoming books Creating Scientists and Teaching Science Thinking, which show you how to re-think your teaching in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


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This book shows you how to create living, breathing scientists by shifting your teaching from a content focus to a hands-on, practice focus, where students discover science by doing science. As required by the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this practical book provides a clear, research verified framework for building lessons that teach science practice abilities, such as gathering and making sense of data, constructing explanations, designing experiments, and communicating information. Creating Scientists features reproducible, immediately deployable tools and handouts that you can use in the classroom to assess your students’ learning within the domains for the NGSS or any standards framework that focuses on the integration of science practice with content. This book is an invaluable resource for educators seeking to build a “community of practice,” where students discover ideas through well-taught, hands-on, authentic science experiences that foster an innate love for learning how the world works.

Coming November 2017. Pre-order NOW! (Amazon)




Here you will find tools from my books that you can use in your classroom. They’re coming soon.

Activity Sheets

Get research-based activity sheets to use in your classroom. These activities are designed for tight integration between science content and practice for new science standards.



Assessing science practices as opposed to content can be different. Here you will find a set of rubrics you can use to both formatively and summatively assess your student’s progress in doing science.


Checklists for creating and improving science lessons and assessment. Learn how to create new lessons or make old lessons better. How would you assess science practice in the classroom?


Learn more about the research being done by my physics education research group. This page houses downloadable links to all of my groups publications and most of the talks and posters that we have presented over the past decade.

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I have developed a workshop and lecture series for science teachers working with the elementary, middle, secondary, and higher education populations. I can also provide engaging talks on science education for your conference or event. With the introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards, teachers are faced with the responsibility of teaching scientific reasoning and process skills and then assessing student development in these skills. I can help! I can tailor an entire program for your group on the subject of science thinking and practice or provide an expert speaker for your event on a topic in science education. Below are some examples of our workshop and lecture series.

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