LPS Science Curriculum

The Mission of LPS Science

The mission of the LPS Science Curriculum Department is to develop all students’ scientific, engineering, and technology knowledge, skills, and curiosity in order to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and informed decision makers.


Lincoln Public Schools science program will achieve this mission by helping all students develop an understanding of natural phenomena and how humans utilize and impact the world. The curriculum is based on the Nebraska State Science Standards and the National Science Standards. The program stresses hands-on activities to develop an understanding of practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts of science. The program is structured to help students realize that science is part of everyday life and affects all individuals.


The three themes studied in elementary schools are living things and the environment, the physical world, and space/earth.  Embedded within these themes are connections to engineering, technology and applications of science and connections to the nature of science.  Students investigate to learn to value curiosity, openness, inquiry, and critical thinking skills in science as a part of every day living.

Middle School

The middle school science curriculum focuses on topics from life science and the environment, physical science, and space/earth science. Embedded within these themes are connections to engineering, technology and applications of science and connections to the nature of science.  Some of the specific units include cells and heredity, electricity and magnetism, weather, astronomy, and the environment. The science curriculum helps students explore science questions and discover how science is meaningful to their lives.

High School

The high school science curriculum focuses on the same core content with a continued increase in rigor. Environmental issues, daily applications, and connections to other fields are stressed. Core courses include geoscience, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Electives vary from school to school and may include anatomy/physiology, environmental studies, forensic science, and zoology. According to LPS Board Policy 6222, beginning with the graduating class of 2015, the LPS graduation requirement is 30 credit hours of science, including 5 hours of earth, physical (physics and chemistry) and life science.

Betsy Barent

K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist

Jamie Greenlee

Assistant to Science and Math

Collaborative Opportunities

Lincoln STEM Ecosystem – Working to connect in and out of school STEM rich learning environments in Lincoln since 2019!  Follow along or get involved in this voluntary experience.

Featured Events

STEAMfest — our virtual Science Fair — happened April 7–22, 2022. Please continue to access the tremendous community resources and activities featured there.

2022 Saturday Science – This event has been cancelled

2022 Nebraska State Science Bowl Competition – February 5th, 2022

STEAMFest 2022 – April 7th-22nd

2022 SE Regional NJAS Science Fair – March 23rd, 2022

2022 NJAS State Science Fair – April 21st, 2022

2022 Nebraska State Science Olympiad Competition – April 23rd, 2022

2022 National Science Olympiad – May 14th, 2022

2022 Earth Wellness Festival – TBD

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