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Inquiry-Based Science Fosters 21st Century Skills

Inquiry-Based Science Fosters 21st Century Skills

The Smithsonian's 5-year LASER i3 validation study provided evidence that grades 1–8 students learning through inquiry-based science education demonstrated real-life skills needed for the workforce.
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Inquiry-Based Science Narrows the Learning Gap for At-Risk Students

Inquiry-Based Science Narrows the Learning Gap for At-Risk Students

The Smithsonian's 5-year LASER i3 validation study revealed that the Smithsonian Science Education Center's hands-on programs helped ELLs, students with IEPs, and FRLs outperform students in comparison schools in PASS assessments.
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Hands-on Science Raises Scores in Science, Reading, and Math

Hands-on Science Raises Scores in Science, Reading, and Math

The Smithsonian's 5-year LASER i3 validation study revealed that the Smithsonian Science Education Center's inquiry-based programs helped raise student achievement on science, reading, and math assessments.
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Summer School Engineering with Smithsonian Science

Summer School Engineering with Smithsonian Science

Bring the power of the Smithsonian into your summer program through engaging, problem-based modules that will improve reading and math while making science fun!
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Hands-On Science in a Digital World

Hands-On Science in a Digital World

The Smithsonian's Dr. Carol O'Donnell shares why you should focus on "the stuff" and how to order physical and digital experiences to drive learning and engagement.
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Smithsonian i3 LASER Study

Smithsonian i3 LASER Research Study

The Smithsonian Science Education Center recently completed a five-year validation study funded by the US Department of Education to test its theory of action—which it calls LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform). Evidence from the study supports the efficacy claims of hands-on science learning in K–8.
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Coherent Learning Progression: Easy as 1-2-3

Coherent Learning Progression: Easy as 1-2-3

For students to truly grasp science concepts, learning must logically progress lesson by lesson, unit by unit. The Smithsonian’s STCMS™ from Carolina does just that.
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Smithsonian Science Grade 1 Sampler

Smithsonian Science Grade 1 Sampler

From the all-new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, the How Do We Send a Message Using Sound? lesson sampler highlights Lesson 2: Zoo Game. Students design a solution to the problem of sending a message a short distance without speaking. They use a pattern of drum beats to help a zookeeper feed the animals in a simple board game.
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Smithsonian Science Grade 2 Sampler

Smithsonian Science Grade 2 Sampler

From the all-new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, the How Do We Stop Soil From Washing Away? lesson sampler highlights Lesson 2: Wind and Water. Students develop a model that represents land and how it is affected by wind and water. They carry out an investigation to provide evidence for how wind and water can change the shape of the soil and sand.
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STCMS™ Earth's Dynamic Systems Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Earth’s Dynamic Systems

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Earth’s Dynamic Systems unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding of how dynamic systems change Earth’s surface. These lessons focus on analyzing and interpreting geological events, particularly volcanoes; the relationship between volcanic activity and earthquakes; and developing preparedness plans for geodynamic events.
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STCMS™ Structure and Function Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Structure and Function

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Structure and Function unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding about cells. Students explore cell specialization and functions, the role that cells play in the development and survival of an organism, and unique structures that allow animals to better survive in their environment.
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STCMS™ Matter and Its Interactions Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Matter and Its Interactions

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Matter and Its Interactions unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding of volume, mass, and density of liquids and solids. Students apply this information to design a solution to the challenge of recreating a density bottle with mystery liquids.
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STCMS™ Investigation: Genes and Molecular Machines

STCMS™ Investigation: Genes and Their Molecular Machines

With this sample investigation from STC Middle School, students design a flower, a pollinator, the resulting seed, and germination conditions.
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STCMS™ Investigation: Effects of Planetary Mass on an Orbiting Body

STCMS™ Investigation: Effects of Planetary Mass on an Orbiting Body

Explore gravity's role in the universe with this sample investigation from STC Middle School.
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Smithsonian STCMS™ Brochure

Smithsonian STCMS™ and the NGSS

The Smithsonian's STCMS™ is research-based science instruction focused on experiential phenomena, engineering, and design. Learn how it meets and exceeds the NGSS.
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Smithsonian STCMS™ Brochure

Smithsonian STCMS™ Brochure

The Smithsonian's STCMS™ is research-based science instruction focused on experiential phenomena, engineering, and design. Learn how it's built to meet your state standards.
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STCMS™ Lesson Example: Standards Alignment

STCMS™ Lesson Example: Standards Alignment

See how thoroughly standards are woven into each STCMS™ lesson.
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STCMS™ Investigation: Modeling the Water Cycle on Earth

STCMS™ Investigation: Modeling the Water Cycle on Earth

Ignite your students' curiosity and potential with this hands-on investigation.
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STCMS™ Student Reading Selection: Medieval Warfare in Modern Times

STCMS™ Student Reading Selection: Medieval Warfare in Modern Times

An understanding of medieval warfare can enhance science understanding and literacy skills.
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