Smithsonian Curriculum STC Receives Highest Rating from Change the Equation's Rigorous Review
Our Science and Technology Concepts (STC) curriculum has received the highest rating possible by Change the Equation's rigorous review process. As part of the STEMworks database, STC received a perfect 10/10 "Accomplished" ratings. As an "Accomplished" program, STC 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.
Research on Smithsonian Curriculum
"Technology Teachers as Researchers: Philosophical and Empirical Technology Education Studies in the Swedish TUFF Research School," presents the scientific output of the TUFF research school in Sweden, where a group of active teachers worked together on a series of educational research studies related to STEM teaching. Chapter 1 (pp. 120 - 140) outlines Swedish teachers' use of the Smithsonian curriculum called STC (or NTA, the Swedish version of STC), and outcomes on student learning. Read more
STC was used by 30,000 students in Chile.* Read more
*Devés R., López P. (2007) Inquiry-Based Science Education and Its Impact on School Improvement: The ECBI Program in Chile. In: Townsend T. (eds) International Handbook of School Effectiveness and Improvement. Springer International Handbooks of Education, vol 17, pp 887-902. Springer, Dordrecht.
LASER i3 Results
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Education awarded the SSEC a five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant to evaluate the LASER model’s efficacy in systemically transforming science education.
Click on the reports below to learn more about the LASER i3 project and its outcomes in each of our three study regions.
The SSEC has a strong history of impacting individuals, schools, and communities through the LASER model, our curriculum, and our hands-on training and services. Click below to explore the impact that LASER has had on communities across the country and around the world.
Ongoing Projects and Initiatives
At any given time, the SSEC is engaged in a number of programs implementing the LASER model, providing services, and building leadership across the country. Click below to learn about our current programs and initiatives.