The NSF/5C5E Handbook:

Doing Science Research in the Classroom


NSF/5C5E was a collaborative professional development program for teachers grades 3-12 based on the assumptions that:

This Handbook has been written for faculty and staff of colleges, schools, science museums, or other collaborative groups interested in adapting our program to their own community. It was initially funded by the 1991-96 NSF Teacher Enhancement Project, NS F/5C5E (TPE 9150262). We hope you will be interested in our program, that you will think of ways of adapting it to your own setting, and that you will have questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Designing and implementing a project based on the 5C5E model requires careful planning. Several major components are involved, and they all must be considered together. However, for clarity, we separate them in our discussion.

Many of these sections are also linked to specific descriptions of the NSF/5C5E Project.

For more information, please contact:

Morton M. Sternheim (project co-director)
Physics and Astronomy
Nuclear Physics, Lederle GRT
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Sue Thrasher (Five College Coordinator)
Five College/Public School Partnership
Five College Center
97 Spring Street
Amherst, MA 01002