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Smithsonian's STCMS Curriculum

The Smithsonian's Done It Again—Extraordinary Inquiry Science for Middle School!

All New! The Smithsonian's STCMS™ is research-based science instruction rich in experiential phenomena and engineering design. Instruction that goes beyond meeting the NGSS standards, STCMS™ steps up to the challenge of meeting the 5 Innovations of NGSS.

  • Three-dimensional learning
  • Coherent learning progression
  • Phenomena and design solution
  • Integrated Engineering and the Nature of Science
  • Math and literacy connected with science content

STCMS™ Learning Framework

  Physical Science Life Science Earth/Space Science
Grades 6–8 Energy, Forces, and Motion
MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2- 3, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-1, MSPS3- 2, MS-PS3-5, ETS1-1, ETS1- 2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Ecosystems and Their Interactions
MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6, MS-ESS3-3, ETS1-1, ETS1-2
Weather and Climate Systems
MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6, MS-ESS3-3, ETS1-1, ETS1-2
Matter and its Interactions
MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1- 3, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS1-5, MSPS1- 6, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Structure and Function
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS1-8, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3
Earth's Dynamic Systems
MS-LS4-1, MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer
MS-LS1-8, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS3- 3, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4- 2, MS-PS4-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1- 2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Genes and Molecular Machines
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS3-1, MS-LS3-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-5
Space Systems Exploration
MS-PS2-4, MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

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