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Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Brings Engineering Modules to Elementary Grades

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Brings Engineering Modules to Elementary Grades 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center has partnered with science curriculum developer Carolina Biological Supply Co. to launch new NGSS-aligned engineering modules in Smithsonian Science for the Classroom. The program is targeted toward grades 1 through 5.

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is a print and digital resource that includes a teacher guide, student literacy materials and a hands-on learning kit for up to 32 students. Five separate engineering-focused titles will be available, one for each grade level. The titles for grades 1 and 2 are out now; the rest will be rolling out through the spring, with additional titles coving other STEM subjects coming through fall 2019. Engineering titles include:

  • Grade 1: How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?
  • Grade 2: How Can We Stop Soil from Washing Away?
  • Grade 3: How Can We Protect Animals When their Habitat Changes?
  • Grade 4: How Can We Provide Energy to People's Homes?
  • Grade 5: How Can We Provide Fresh Water to Those in Need?

Titles start at $899.95 for one grade level, with refurbished sets starting at $249. Further details can be found at carolina.com/smithsonians-science-program/.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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