Socioscientific issues such as energy, natural resources, water, and health are found across all Canadian communities. Disengagement by students in school thwarts their understanding of these important topics. A powerful way we believe is to work with teachers and adolescent students to frame science topics taught in classrooms in relation to their local communities, i.e., community-based science and education. Little research has been conducted regarding student engagement through the development of school curriculum and local school communities. The research aim is to investigate student engagement in schools by connecting school science to local communities.