FOSS has set out to achieve three important goals.
Provide all students with science experiences that:
The quality of life will be significantly influenced by science and technology in the 21st century, therefore, it is important for all citizens to be scientifically literate. They should be able to make thoughtful, informed decisions.
The FOSS program is designed around the theory that humans advance through a predictable sequence of stages of cognitive development over time. Each stage is complete in itself, yet preparatory to something more advanced.
Provide all teachers with a complete, flexible, easy-to-use science program that:
Hands-on science is intrinsically fun and interesting for students. Most teachers can be superb science teachers when they are provided with effective instructional materials. The FOSS program is designed to make hands-on science engaging for teachers as well as students.
Meet the community science-achievement standards and societal expectations for the next generation of citizens, prepared with the knowledge and thinking capacities to manage the 21st century.
The FOSS program design makes it appropriate for reform efforts on all scales. It has met with the approval of science and technology companies working in collaboration with school systems, and has demonstrated its effectiveness with diverse student and teacher populations in major urban reform efforts. FOSS continues to respond to the needs of systems moving away from passive exposure to scientific concepts toward real experiences for students that reflect the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education.