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 book Creating Scientists and the forthcoming book Teaching Science Thinking, which show you how to re-think your teaching in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


Creating Scientists: Teaching and Assessing Science Practice for the NGSS

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#1 new release in “Education Administration,” and a top 100 Amazon bestseller in “Science for Kids” and “Instruction Methods in STEM!”

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.

Available now. Routledge, Amazon

Teaching Science Thinking: Using Scientific Reasoning in the Classroom

Coming soon! Teaching Science Thinking shows you practical ways to incorporate science thinking in your classroom. Your students will learn how to be creative and make connections using the simple “Thinking Tasks” discussed in this book. What is science thinking, and how can you possibly teach and assess it? How is science thinking incorporated into the NGSS, and how can it be weaved into your curriculum? This book answers these questions.

Pre-order. Routledge, Amazon

Key Competences in Physics Teaching and Learning

This book is a selection of contributions from the European Physics Education Conference in Wrocław Poland, July 2015. The conference and book centered on the key competences required for outstanding teaching and learning in physics. It introduces readers interested in the field to the problem of identifying strategies and tools to improve physics teaching and learning so as to convey Key Competences and help students acquire them. My co-author and I wrote Chapter 13: Dynamic Visualizations of Multi-body Physics Problems and Scientific Reasoning Ability: A Threshold to Understanding.

Available now: Springer, Amazon


“I liked the approach that author Christopher Moore uses in the opening chapter of Creating Scientists. He introduces the idea that ‘creating scientists’ should be the goal of any good science teacher and also the goal of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Moore helps readers better understand the reasoning behind the NGSS and how to bring their challenging vision to life in our classrooms. If teachers focus science lessons with his goals in mind, students will benefit.”

Joyce Depenbusch

“This is the book I have been waiting for! I can’t wait to use it in my work promoting cognitive apprenticeship in the context of collaborative inquiry between teachers and their students.

This book offers an exceptionally clear guide for navigating the complexity of teaching for deep understanding, transfer and use. It makes use of generative principles and threshold knowledge that are unconstrained and can be used at any grade level and in any scientific domain – in fact, I’d argue, in any and all disciplines.”

Jeffrey Wilhelm


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.


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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