Digital Badges for Science and Engineering Practices
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 co-developed digital badges with biotechnology industry partners that map out learning progressions for how scholars might develop success with science and engineering practices. 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.
Reflections on badges from Del Lago Academy scholars
Example Digital Badge
As a scientist, you can visually explain a phenomenon. The visual must be organized, flow, and coherently tell the story of your phenomenon and its relevance to a diverse audience.
Digital badge progressions
Our digital badges fall into 3 learning progressions for how we see scholars developing expertise with science and engineering practices.