VAST Center Support for Local Districts

The Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) is committed to providing opportunities to learn in a hands-on, minds-on oriented classroom using research-based, comprehensive curriculum for ALL students. VAST seeks to provide structure to experience science with the integration of reading, writing and mathematics.

Districts and educators receive assistance with curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning.


Grant Wood AEA VAST curriculum embraces best practice and is aligned with local district standards and benchmarks, the K-8 Iowa Core Science Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Literacy links (writing to learn and informational text opportunities) are embedded in the units.

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Research-based high quality instructional materials are continuously updated to current versions. Classroom materials are provided to every student so they can experience hands-on, minds-on science learning opportunities. Grade-to-grade learning progressions builds on each other to offer every student the opportunity to learn the key concepts that lead to science literacy.


Classroom summative and formative assessments are included in the curriculum units.

Professional Learning

Grant Wood AEA provides access to high quality professional development classes that are directly relevant to teachers’ classroom science teaching responsibility, with some opportunities targeting new teachers.

Grant Wood AEA science consultants are also available to support educators leading professional learning opportunites.

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