SPOTLIGHT ON CROSSCUTTING CONCEPT: SYSTEMS & SYSTEM MODELS
The natural and designed world is too large and complicated to investigate and comprehend all at once. Scientists and students learn to define small portions of the world for the convenience of investigation. The units of investigations can be referred to as ‘systems.’ Visit sfusdscience.org for information and resources related to the Crosscutting Concept of Systems and System Models.
A Framework for K-12 Science Education identifies seven overarching or Crosscutting Concepts that bridge disciplinary boundaries, uniting core ideas throughout the fields of science and engineering. The Crosscutting Concepts collectively comprise one of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.