Science is not just a body of knowledge about physical and biological phenomena, but is a process for humans to answer questions through scientific inquiry. Scientists conduct this inquiry using a toolbox of skills and knowledge that has been articulated by the Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS) as “science and engineering practices.” We do this with a digital portfolio that scholars use to track and reflect on evidence of their competency with science and engineering practices. Digital badges that are validated by industry and college partners are assigned when our scholars meet specific criteria for these practices in their digital portfolio. The digital badges are used by scholars as evidence of their competency with the knowledge and skills required to be a scientist for their internships and their college applications. This website will be a hub for this system, which we call: Competency X.
Learn more about Competency X by visiting http://www.competencyx.com/