"STC units have helped me to completely change the way I teach science. They promote not only a hands-on, but a minds-on approach to science. They have helped my students to learn to become better thinkers and problem solvers. I cannot imagine going back to a textbook approach to teaching science."
-- Sue Gunter, Teacher in Residence, Hands on Activity Science Program, University of Alabama
The Science and Technology Concepts (STC) curriculum is helping students in every state in the United States and seven foreign countries gain first-hand experience of science and engineering practices Rigorous research shows that STC can have a strong positive impact on the quality of teaching and student performance in science.
The STC Program (TM) units explore life, earth and physical science with technological design. Based on how children learn, each unit challenges students to take responsibility for their own learning, guiding them to plan and conduct their own experiments and to design data tables. They analyze and communicate their own experimental work. The units are intended to prepare scientifically literate students for high school, college and careers in science and technology fields.
Units in the STC (TM) Program fall into two categories: STC-Elementary (TM), grades K-5 and STC- Secondary (TM), grades 6-10.
The STC (TM) Program was developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) through a partnership with Carolina Biological Supply Company. The SSEC was established by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies to address the critical need to improve the teaching and learning of science and to actively promote science education reform using current research and best practices for teachers, schools, districts and states.
Funders and Partners
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.