Patterns High School Science for All


The Patterns High School Science Sequence is a three year course pathway and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The sequence consists of freshman physics, sophomore chemistry, and junior biology courses. Each course utilizes common instructional strategies and real world phenomena and design challenges that engage students and support their learning.  The curriculum is a combination of teacher-generated and curated open-content materials.  The teacher-generated materials are shared freely under a Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike Creative Commons License. Teacher workshops for each course are offered in-person in the summer in the Portland-Metro area. During the school year we offer a series of Unit Webinars, Workshops, and PLCs. For more information, see our Professional Development page.


The Patterns Approach to science instruction emphasizes the use of mathematical and phenomenological patterns to predict the future and understand the past.  Students construct science knowledge by making an initial “wild-guess”, asking questions, planning and conducting experiments, collecting data, finding a mathematical model that fits their data, explaining the phenomenon based on that model, then finally making a data-informed prediction. Harnessing their own experiences, students compare and contrast low-evidence predictions (wild guesses) to their data-informed prediction to live the experience and learn the value of evidence-based reasoning.  Additionally, students engage in several engineering projects in each course, where they must use the Patterns they discover in their designs to optimize their solutions.  The Patterns Approach utilizes technology, student-constructed knowledge, frequent opportunities for student talk, and language supports to ensure the engagement and success of every student.  By emphasizing, rather than removing, the mathematical connections to science, the Patterns Approach supports student conceptual understanding by connecting real-world inquiry experiences, graphical representations, and mathematical representations of science phenomena. For more on the Patterns Approach, read lead physics course developer Bradford Hill’s article in The Science Teacher: “The Patterns Approach – engaging Freshman in the practices of science.”

To learn more about the design principles that the three courses are founded upon, please read the Design Principles document we have created. 


This curriculum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


The Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP) and Greater Oregon STEM Hub (GO STEM) will be holding numerous professional learning opportunities for the High School Science for All, aka “Patterns” courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology). Thanks to the WRAP (Well-Rounded Access Program) grant, we are able to pay each Oregon high school science teacher participant $50/hour to attend any online webinar or online PD session, up to a maximum of $400 per quarter.

Patterns Summer Offerings!

Registration is OPEN – FREE to Oregon Educators (Images below are for reference, not clickable links)


Please contact us:

Kristen Harrison, MTE (

    Dr. Casey Boothby (

    • For information about support for rural teachers.

    Dr. Susan Holveck (

    • For information about the curriculum and PD sessions.

    David Strayer (

    • For information about receiving payment for attending PD sessions.