With support from an NSF grant, the Smithsonian Science
Education Center (SSEC), a division of the Smithsonian Institution, developed The STC™ Program, a basal, science and engineering practices centered program for grades K–10.
The STC™ Program is a basal,
inquiry-based science curriculum for grades K–10 that covers
life, earth, and physical sciences with technology. STC™ was
developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center based on
research into how students learn best. The SSEC was
established by the National Academies and the Smithsonian
Research-based Curriculum, Teacher Supportive Units for Grades K–5
The rigorous research and development process of the STC™ Program includes trial teaching and field-testing nationwide with geographically and ethnically diverse student populations, as well as the active involvement of the scientific and engineering communities. This process ensures that the learning experiences contained in each unit reflect current scientific thinking, and are pedagogically sound and developmentally age-appropriate for students.
Carolina Biological Supply Company creates SSEC-approved kits for each STC™ Program unit, supporting the teacher with everything needed from teacher and student supplies to live materials. STC™ 3rd Edition Unit kits contain:
|About STC Secondary™ Unit Kits for Grades 6–10
Science and Technology Concepts Program–Secondary™ (STC Secondary™) is a 16-unit, inquiry-centered middle school science curriculum developed by the
Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), an organization of the Smithsonian Institution. Each STC
Secondary unit provides opportunities for students
to experience scientific phenomena firsthand. A
comprehensive, research-based curriculum, STC
Secondary™ is aligned with the National Science Education Standards (NSES) of the National Research Council (NRC).
Each STC Secondary™ unit is based on a four-stage learning
cycle that is grounded in educational research and
|STC Secondary™ program builds
on the skills and knowledge developed in the STC Elementary™
curriculum, with content balanced among the life
sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, and
technology. Each module is developed by teachers,
scientists, and evaluators and is field-tested in
urban, suburban, and rural classrooms nationwide.
The materials are professionally evaluated and
reviewed by an advisory panel of teachers,
scientists, and science educators before