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Biographical Summary

Sara Lacy is a Senior Scientist at TERC and is currently Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded project, Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge. The project is a collaboration between TERC, Seattle Pacific University, Tufts University, Boston College, and FACETS Innovations to develop resources that support teaching and learning about energy in grades 3-5. Previously, she led Rethinking How to Teach Energy: Laying the Foundations in Elementary School, an exploratory research project to investigate students’ ideas about energy and to develop a theoretical learning progression for energy in Grades 3-5.

Sara has worked at TERC since 2001, developing science curriculum for K-12 students (The Inquiry Project, Physics That Works) and material to boost the science and pedagogical content knowledge of in service K-8 teachers (The Fulcrum Institute, TERC/Lesley Masters in Science Education, Talk Science). She has developed material for environmental action groups in the Statistics for Action project and has taught web-delivered science courses to in-service K-8 teachers as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University.

Sara holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Before coming to TERC, she served on the faculty of the engineering schools at Rutgers University and at Tufts University.

Selected Publications and Presentations