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Carolina STEM Challenge® 2.0

Scott Eddleman
Director of Product Development and Innovation

January 2017


Carolina STEM Challenge® kits for middle and high school classrooms offer students real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format. These kits are designed to help you integrate STEM into your current curriculum while addressing the Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS), including science and engineering practices.


What's new?

One of our goals at Carolina is to continuously improve our products to meet the needs of teachers and ensure student success. We listened to feedback from teachers to enhance our entire STEM Challenge line. We redesigned the teacher's manuals to provide greater support and implemented digital resources that bring added value to these exciting kits.


Full-color teacher's manuals

The first thing you will notice about the new teacher's manuals is that they are now full-color, containing more illustrations and photos than ever before. All illustrations and photos are offered digitally as whiteboard resources you can use in classroom presentations.


Correlation to the Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS)

When you open a new manual, you will quickly find the NGSS correlation listed, including the performance expectations and dimensions addressed in the activities. Each kit is designed to build understanding of important science concepts as students engage in science and engineering practices.

NGSS correlation for Carolina STEM Challenge®: Roller Coasters Kit, Item #750036


Valuable digital resources

Each STEM Challenge kit comes with a 1-year subscription to digital resources. This subscription includes a digital teacher's manual, student guide copy master, fillable answer sheets that can be printed or sent electronically, editable assessment questions, and whiteboard resources. In addition, we are adding procedural videos that guide you through how to use the materials in the kit, which will be available by May 2017. Look for the list of digital resources included with your kit in the digital resources chart. 


Support for teaching engineering in your classroom

The activities in each STEM Challenge kit are designed to support you in teaching science and engineering practices in your classroom. Each challenge starts with an engineering problem and guides students through the engineering cycle as they work to solve the problem through a design challenge. These activities will motivate your students to apply important science concepts. 


Information is easy to find

The redesigned manuals feature parallel page spreads with the student guide on the left and point-of use teacher information on the right. 


Integrating STEM into your classroom has never been easier

Carolina will continue to expand the line of STEM Challenge kits for life sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, and environmental science. Our current lineup includes:

Visit Carolina.com/stemchallenge to learn more about these kits—and new ones that are on the way.

Explore sample pages of a teacher's manual.

 

*Next Generation Science Standards® (NGSS) is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, these products.

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