Science and Technology for Children (STC) Overview
Science and Technology for Children (STC) is a comprehensive, inquiry-based, 24-unit K–6 curriculum. Field-tested in school districts nationwide, the curriculum is being used in thousands of elementary school classrooms throughout the United States and abroad.
For a listing of individual STC units, please go to the Units page.
STC is also available in Spanish and Swedish, and may be translated into other languages.
STC provides age-appropriate experiences which allow children to:
Both the content and the pedagogy of the STC program address the unique characteristics of the elementary school student. In grade one, children begin their study of science by observing, measuring, and identifying properties. In grades two through five they develop a knowledge base and set of reasoning skills that culminate in grade six with the design of controlled experiments. This progression is shown here:
For more information about science strands and conceptual continuity in the NSRC's curricula, please go to NSRC Science Strands.
STC was developed to meet the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and also correlates to other standards. More information on correlations to NSES and other standards.
Scientists and educators, including experienced elementary school teachers, acted as consultants to teacher-developers, who researched, developed, and trial taught the units, then coordinated field testing and produced the final STC units.
STC was evaluated by the Program Evaluation and Research Group
of Lesley College, located in Cambridge,
The NSRC also offers a comprehensive science curriculum program for grades 6–8 students: Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools (STC/MS).
These annotated resource guides on other research-based curricula were evaluated by panels of teachers and scientists who used carefully developed criteria based on the National Science Education Standards.
The STC curriculum was made possible through the generous support of the NSRC's parent organizations, the Smithsonian Institution (http://www.si.edu/) and The National Academies (http://www.nas.edu/ as well as numerous federal agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Supporters include:
The publisher of Science and Technology for Children (STC) is Carolina Biological Supply Company (CBSC), based in Burlington, North Carolina. CBSC supplies STC's kit materials, refurbishment kits, and replacement Student and Teacher guides. CBSC also provides a range of support services for users of the STC curriculum, including a quarterly newsletter, STC® Update. For more information go to http://www.carolina.com/.
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