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Would You Like to Donate Money?

We always appreciate financial contributions that will support our hands-on science program.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact the following individuals:

FVSD - Steve McLaughlin - 714-843-3285

HBCSD - Jennifer Shepard - 714-964-8888 x2030

WSD - Cyndi Paik - 714-894-7311
Teacher Web Resources

American Science & Surplus - a store to purchase science supplies for the classroom

American Society for Engineering Education - a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology

Beckman@Science - prepare Orange County's children for tomorrow's world by making science a core subject throughout their entire elementary school education

Gallade Chemical - a leading distributor of chemicals for your lab, manufacturing and more. In business since 1964 with numerous customer satisfaction awards.

Student Web Resources

BBC Online - Walking with dinosaurs has video segments that let you experience the way the world looked when dinosaurs nested, hunted, and grazed.

Bridge Contructor - More than 30 stages with exciting challenges await you and take care for long lasting physics fun.

NASA Space Kids - This NASA Space Kids site help elementary kids reach for the stars.

National Geographic Dinosaur Eggs - Join a dinosaur egg hunt at this National Geographic site.

The ScienceWorks Consortium is an innovative and successful partnership of the Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach City, and Westminster school districts, providing every child with multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based science.
Our Strategic Plan
Science Curriculum
All teachers have access to an integrated standards-based science curriculum that encourages student inquiry and provides thoughtful hands-on experiences.
Materials Resource Center
Science curriculum and materials are purchased, maintained, and delivered to schools.
Professional Development
Teachers participate in courses related to instructional material usage, effective inquiry, assessment practices, and science standards on a regular basis. 
Implementation of a cohesive integrated student assessment system at the district, site and classroom level.    Administrators, principals and teachers constantly review student and program results.
Community Involvement
Build meaningful relationships with community organizations to support science.
Materials Resource Center (MRC)
The Materials Resource Center is responsible for kit distribution for our three districts.  Each district has a rotating schedule that changes from year to year to ensure equity for all our classrooms.  Please see the rotation schedules that are posted in our Resource Locker for this year's schedule.  The following information is important for all those who use ScienceWorks:
  • When you get your kit delivered, use the receive column to check off the items.  If anything is missing please notify the Materials Resource Center (MRC) within ten days of receipt of the kit.  The MRC will then send you the missing items.  If the MRC has not been notified within ten days we will assume you have received all items.
  • Use the return column of the Materials List when you return the kit.  Check off all non-consumable and unused consumable items you are returning.  Note if items are lost or damaged.  Return all non-consumable items, unused consumable items, and all packaging.  The Materials Resource Center cleans and recycles many items.  Let us decide if the items should be thrown away.
  • If your class size is larger than 30 students, contact Tricia at the MRC for more supplies.
  • When you return the kit, include any suggestions that might be useful to the Curriculum Resource Teacher or the Materials Resource Center.  Fill out the evaluation on the reverse side of the information sheet.
  • Don’t forget to return the Teacher’s Guide.

Questions regarding kit delivery and materials contact:

Tricia Brisby 714-847-8121

Questions regarding curriculum and training contact:    

FVSD: Lindsey Ruck

HBCSD: Monica Nash

WSD: Miki Okura-Schooley

Thank you,

Tricia Brisby

Science Works MRC Manager

County Mail #28

Common Core Connections through Literature

Here's a list of amazing books for students that cover a wide range of science topics:

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma. Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kitty Harvill. Mims House.
A heart-warming story of an orphaned puma cub.

About Habitats: Forests. Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers.
Major types of forests depicted through simple text and full-page illustrations.

About Parrots. Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers.
Children can enjoy the beautiful, colorful illustrations while learning about these interesting birds found on five continents.

Amazing Giant Sea Creatures. DK Publishing. DK Publishing.
Enjoy an ocean adventure with giant sea creatures in this engaging fold-out flaps book.

The Animal Book. DK Publishing. DK Publishing.

Artistically illustrated animals show diversity and extremes.
Excellent Science Apps
  • 3D Sun by Dr. Tony Phillps, LLC - FREE - an alarm rings indicating a major solar flare eruption on the sun with 3D digital reconstruction of satellite images from NASA
  • iMotion by Fingerlab - FREE - a time lapse and stop-motion app that is fun to use to create animated models (blood flow, plant growth, cell division, etc.)
  • SloPro by Sand Mountain Studios - FREE - allows you to video experiments and replay them in slow motion
  • ThingLink by Thinglink - FREE - upload pictures to create diagrams