Press release

Smithsonian and Carolina Biological Launch New Hands-On Curriculum Aligned to NGSS

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During the NSTA Annual Conference, Carolina Biological Supply Company,
the leading school science supplier and NSTA sponsor, and the
Smithsonian Science Education Center launched Smithsonian
Science for the Classroom™
. Setting the standard in 3D learning
and 3D assessment, the curriculum provides cohesive storylines, superior
teacher support, and research-supported instructional design that is
backed by proven results with point-of-use support. Smithsonian
Science for the Classroom
is a high-quality core science and
engineering curriculum program specifically developed to meet the Next
Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This elementary curriculum is
designed to engage, inspire, and connect grades K to 5 students
firsthand to the world around them. Smithsonian Science for the
helps teachers to integrate science, technology, math and
engineering through engaging and hands-on lessons. The curriculum
is available now and includes print and digital components, as well as
hands-on materials.

Educators are invited to visit Carolina’s booth #1345 at NSTA to see
previews and meet Smithsonian leaders and science developers. Dr. Carol
O’Donnell, Dr. Brian Mandell and lead curriculum developers Jean
Flanagan and Dr. Sarah Glassman of the Smithsonian Science Education
Center will be excited to visit with teachers and discuss Smithsonian
Science for the Classroom
from 2 to 4 p.m. today, and 10 to 11 a.m.
tomorrow, on Friday, April 12. Carolina is also giving away free
autographed Smithsonian Science Stories readers and Group Roles
posters. Additionally, the Smithsonian and Carolina are presenting
workshops on the new curriculum such as “Smithsonian 3D Learning and 3D
Assessment: Two Sides of One Coin.”

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom bundles NGSS Performance
Expectations in a way that answers a large driving question. Blending
content, practices, and crosscutting concepts into a coherent storyline
that addresses each question, the hands-on science and engineering
modules were designed to engage and challenge students while meeting
Performance Expectations. The modules integrate science and engineering
seamlessly, as intended by NGSS. Guidance is provided through call-out
boxes on where, when and how students are applying the three dimensions
of NGSS.

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom was designed new from the
ground up to address the complexity and creativity of the NGSS,” said
Dr. Brian Mandell, Division Director of Curriculum at the Smithsonian
Science Education Center. “It was written in-house, by Smithsonian staff
developers, which means that our team was able to constantly
collaborate, check each other’s work, brainstorm new ideas, communicate
with our field-test teachers and ensure cohesion in the program.”

For information, visit Carolina’s
, call (800) 334-5551, or e-mail