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Don’t Just Meet the New Standards for K–8: Immerse Students in Phenomena-Based 3-Dimensional Instruction

Hands down, research tells us that inquiry-based instruction is best for your students. Choose instruction that has been proven to improve student performance and test scores not only in science, but also in reading and math. The Smithsonian’s STC™ program has everything you need to engage your students in inquiry-based, active, hands-on investigation rooted in real-world phenomena.

Learn more about 60,000 students who experienced success with the STC Program™ through the Laser i3 Study.
A word from the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Director, Carol O’Donnell.

STCMS™: Built to the NGSS

New from the Smithsonian! STCMS™ for Middle School features:

  • 9 units grounded in NGSS 3-dimensional learning
  • Researched-based, field-tested curriculum, proven to raise test scores in science, math, and reading
  • Engineering design and science investigations anchored in real-world phenomena
  • Coherent learning progressions to revisit and expand student understanding

NGSS Instruction for Kindergarten, Rooted in Real-World Phenomena

STC-Kindergarten™ features:

  • Inquiry instruction designed specifically for early childhood
  • 15- to 20-minute lessons that integrate content focus and movement education
  • Lessons grounded in NGSS 3-dimensional learning
  • Age-appropriate STEM education that captures children’s natural curiosity about real-world phenomena around them

You’re on the Right Track to the New Standards with the Smithsonian's STC-Elementary™!

STC-Elementary™ features:

  • Integration of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Connections between the fields of engineering, life, earth/space, and physical science to deepen students’ understanding of core ideas
  • Unit lessons that build to engineering design challenges anchored in solid, real-world applications
  • A research-based, field-tested curriculum

Actively Construct Knowledge and 21st-Century Skills That Support the New Standards with the Smithsonian’s STC-Secondary

STC-Secondary™ features:

  • Integration of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Development of skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, preparing students for careers in the 21st-century workforce
  • Explicit engineering design challenges anchored in solid, real-world applications
  • A research-based, field-tested curriculum
 
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