Curricula

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STC Program: Changes Carolina Biological K-6 hard copy Developing their knowledge of states of matter, students learn to describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and categorize them by their identifiable properties in Changes. Students investigate the freezing, melting, evaporation, and condensation of water as an introduction to phase change. Rusting, dissolving, crystallization, gases created by effervescent tablets, and ink separated through chromatography are other phase changes students create and observe in the lab. Visit Site
STC Program: Earth in Space Carolina Biological 6-8 hard copy Students will explore phenomena they find fascinating and that often make headline news. The Earth in Space unit is divided into 3 parts: Sun-Earth-Moon Systems, Solar Systems, and Earth's History as a Planet. Students compare asteroids, meteoroids, and comets. The effects of wind, water, and cratering are studied. Visit Site
STC Program: Ecosystems Carolina Biological 4-6 hard copy In Ecosystems, students set up terrariums for crickets and isopods. Duckweed, algae, Elodea, guppies, and snails are introduced to an aquarium. Connecting the two habitats to create an "ecocolumn", students observe the relationship between the two environments and the organisms living within them. Students simulate the effects of pollutants - road salt, fertilizer, and acid rain - on the environment. To discover how pollutants might affect the organisms in their ecocolumn, students create a food chain and make inferences about the effects of pollutants based on the relationships between the organisms in their ecocolumns. Students explore the Chesapeake Bay as a model ecosystem, analyzing the environmental problems present there from various perspectives. Applying their knowledge of ecosystems to a real-world situation, students generate possible solutions to the pollution problem and share their conclusions with the class. This activity enables students to appreciate the trade-offs necessary to reach mutually acceptable solutions to environmental problems. Visit Site
STC Program: Land and Water Carolina Biological 3-5 hard copy Using a stream table, students explore different interactions between land and water, such as how runoff causes stream formation; how groundwater forms; how soil is eroded, transported, and deposited; and how water shapes land. Land and Water invites students to manipulate their model, create hills, build dams, and grow vegetation to observe how these things affect land and water interactions. They learn how water shapes the land and, in turn, the land directs the flow of water. Visit Site
STC Program: Measuring Time Carolina Biological 3-5 hard copy With Measuring Time Kits, students conduct activities clustered around the following major focuses on tracking time through the movement of the sun and moon, determining and experimenting with the variables that affect the motion of pendulums. Refurbishment Set replenishes kit consumables. Visit Site
STC Program: Rocks and Minerals Carolina Biological 2-4 hard copy In Rocks and Minerals, students are asked to explore the differences between rocks and minerals by observing the properties of rock samples, and sorting them based on those properties. Students also investigate minerals, on which they perform tests similar to those conducted by geologists to determine luster, hardness, color, and ability to transmit light, strengthening their ability to conduct experiments and record and interpret their data. Visit Site
STC Program: Soils Carolina Biological K-6 hard copy In Soils, students investigate the chief components of soil (sand, clay, and humus) and the relationship between soil and plant growth. They create their own compost bags to observe decomposition of organic materials over time. Students observe and read about earthworms to learn about their connection to plant roots and soil. They also conduct tests to observe and compare such properties of soil as odor, appearance, and texture. Settling, water content, and soil consistency are explored. Visit Site
STC Program: Weather Carolina Biological K-2 hard copy Weather introduces students to the concept of weather and to the idea that scientific tools can be used to measure the phenomena they observe with their senses. Students observe weather; use thermometers, rain gauges, and wind scales; record their own data; and discuss their findings on cloud cover, precipitation, wind, and temperature. Students are asked to apply their new skills and knowledge to make predictions about the weather in their area. Visit Site
STC Secondary: Exploring Plate Tectonics Carolina Biological 6-8 hard copy Exploring Plate Tectonics not only helps students clarify what they already know about earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics, it deepens their understanding of their world and some of the powerful natural events that significantly affect it. By performing a series of engaging hands-on activities based on the manipulation of simple models and the study of maps, students extend and enrich their knowledge of the structure of the earth's interior and crust. Visit Site
STEMscopes STEMscopes K-12 online STEMscopes? is a K-12 comprehensive online science curriculum program that provides hands-on inquiry activities, assessments, problem-based-learning, intervention tools, acceleration materials, and teacher support resources. Visit Site