The National Science Resources Center (NSRC) provides curriculum, publications, professional development, and other services that support the improvement of science teaching.
Online lectures and discussions
Our publisher, Carolina Biological Supply Company, offers online support for the STC Program curricula, including tips, updates, and premium content. STC BOOKSTM are available through the National Academies Press.
Annotated resource guides on other research-based curricula. In these guides curricula were evaluated by panels of teachers and scientists who used carefully developed criteria based on the National Science Education Standards.
The NSRC's STC Program curricula was developed to meet the National Science Education Standards. Our publisher, Carolina Biological Supply Company, offers detailed information on how the STC Program elementary units correlate to science education and other standards.
The NSRC Professional Development Center focuses on products and services tailored to its exemplary K-8 curriculum – Science and Technology for Children (STC) and Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools (STC/MS).
Each summer the National Science Resources Center presents one or more week-long academies for science teachers. These week-long academies combine classroom content sessions with behind-the-scenes visits to museums and research facilities of the Smithsonian Institution. Add your name to our mailing list for materials describing these exciting events. Please see our Web site www.scienceteachersacademies.si.edu for more information.
The NSRC's LASER Center also offers professional development services through some of its activities.
For a review of research going on at the Smithsonian Institution, check out SI's Science at the Smithsonian site.
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Galaxy of Knowledge site helps to provide the public with access to the Smithsonian's wide-ranging library collection.
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers a Smithsonian Education Web site with information for educators, students, and parents.
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum hosts a series of Exploring Space Lectures. Past lectures are featured online.
The University of Texas at Austin, Environmental Science Institute offers an online outreach lecture series at http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/lectures.html
The LINKS Learning site offers information and tools to help meet the challenges of school reform and inprovement.
Science Buddies, www.sciencebuddies.org, is a non-profit organization that provides free online resources for science education. They focus on helping K-12 students do better science fair projects. The Topic Selection Wizard offers a large online library of project ideas and Starter Kits. Science Buddies also offers Ask an Expert, an online forum in which students can ask questions about their projects and get answers from scientists and engineers who volunteer as e-mentors. Science Buddies also maintains a set of teacher resources for science fair planning and a science fair project help guide.
Exploring Planets in the Classroom, offers hands-on activities and web links from the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium
Science and Technology from the ProTeacher Web site
Online exploration, homework help, and more from the Space Telescope Science Institute's Amazing Space site
Science Netlinks from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with lessons, tools, and more
Check out Larry Volk’s Teacher’s Bag of Tricks and view archived columns and new ones.
University of UC, Berkeley, Center for Science Education Information, Space Science Laboratory Educator's Information
The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) is a nonprofit organization which sponsors a science challenge yearly. Teachers can win money for their school and pizza for their students!
The Rainforest Connection web site showcases teleconferences between the NSRC's professional development center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) connecting select topics to various STC units.
Check the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Web site for Web seminars
The Engineer's Week Web site offers resources promoting women in science and engineering.
Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Social Media
Science teacher wiki on resources from the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian social media:
NSRC Curriculum Users Email Group
The NSRC offers a curriculum users Email Group, or Listserv. To subscribe to this group, please send an email to: email@example.com. In the body of the note please type: SUB CURR-UG firstname lastname // EOJ.
Once you have received subscription verification, you may post an email to the entire group by simply sending it to: CURR-UG@SI-LISTSERV.SI.EDU. Your message will be automatically copied and sent to other members of the curriculum users group.
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Collaborative website for the Encyclopedia of Life
Teacher resources at the new Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers a Smithsonian Education Web site with information for educators, students, and parents. Offers a look at current Smithsonian exhibits of interest to kids.
Subscribe to the quarterly Smithsonian education e-newsletter.
If you are in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, the Historical Electronics Museum is a wonderful free museum loaded with hands-on exhibits. Take your students on a docent-lead tour to explore electronics history and learn more about the development of RADAR, SONAR, and more.
Conservation & science at the National Zoo
Homework helper from the National Zoo
Information for kids on wildlife careers
Biodiversity monitoring project, including teacher resources
Classroom resources from the National Zoo
National Zoo Just for Kids page
Check out the website for the new Hall of Human Origins
Information on research & collections
O. Orkin Insect Zoo lesson plans
See the National Academies' Suzanne Donovan discuss How People Learn (Video player may open in a new window)
Review reading expert Dr. Annmarie Palincsar's essay on Reading in Science
The Charlie Rose Show's Web site features his 13-part science series.
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