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.

Age-Appropriate Materials

National Science Education Standards

Research and Development

Other NSRC Elementary Science Curricula Resources

Supplementary Teaching Materials

STC Curriculum Users' Discussion Forum

Project Support

Our Publisher

Age-Appropriate Materials

STC provides age-appropriate experiences which allow children to:

  • Expand their understanding of important science concepts
  • Acquire problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Develop positive habits of mind toward science

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:

 

Scientific Reasoning Skills

Grade

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3

4

5

6

Observing, Measuring, and Identifying Properties

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Seeking Evidence

Recognizing Patterns and Cycles

 

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Identifying Causes and Effect

Extending the Senses

 

 

 

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Designing and Conducting Controlled Experiments

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information about science strands and conceptual continuity in the NSRC's curricula, please go to NSRC Science Strands.

National Science Education Standards

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.

Research and Development

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, Massachusetts. The final editions of the units incorporate teacher and student field-test feedback and technical reviews by leading scientists and science educators who served on the STC Advisory Panel.

The NSRC also offers a comprehensive science curriculum program for grades 6–8 students: Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools (STC/MS).

Other NSRC Elementary Science Curriculum Resources

  • STC Meets the Standards
    This publication presents a detailed explanation of how STC correlates with the National Science Education Standards (Carolina Biological Supply Company).
  • STC Teacher Instructional Videos
    Videos accompany all STC units. In each tape, a master STC teacher demonstrates how to organize the kit materials and employ effective classroom management techniques (Carolina Biological Supply Company).
  • Science for all Children (Book and Video)
    This publication is for teachers, administrators, scientists, parents, and other community members who are concerned about the quality of science education (The National Academy Press)
  • STC Unit Training Outlines
    Our publisher Carolina Biological provides unit training outlines for STC.

Supplementary Teaching Materials

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.

STC Curriculum Users' Discussion Forum

The NSRC now offers online discussion forums for STC and STC/MS users. The forums offer an opportunity for users to pose and answer questions about materials, pedagogy, and classroom management. They also offer a convenient Frequently Asked Questions feature. You may view the forums without logging in, but to participate, you must first provide log-in information. The log-in information allows the NSRC to maintain a high level of customer service. This information is never shared with outside companies. For more information on privacy policy, please go to http://www.si.edu/privacy/

Project Support

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 National Science Foundation
  • The U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Dow Chemical Company Foundation
  • Amoco Foundation, Inc.
  • E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Merck Pharmaceutical

Our Publisher

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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