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Overview

Demystify the NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards are complex and hard to unpack. Built on a digital platform, enhanced by print, and brought to life in hands-on kits, STEMscopes NGSS is an all-in-one STEM solution for the NGSS. Developed over three years, STEMscopes NGSS is rooted in the IDEA model, an instructional method that connects the three dimensions of NGSS deeper than 5E permits.

STEMscopes NGSS places problem-based learning, engineering challenges, scientific investigations, math and literacy connections, and culminating claim-evidence-reasoning assessments at your fingertips—now it is finally possible to help students understand the NGSS as they were designed.

Available in Spanish for K-5.

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How this helps teachers

Key Benefits

Engage Students in Real STEM Learning
STEMscopes NGSS drives student inquiry and a passion for STEM. Help your students understand the nuances and complexity of the NGSS through scientific investigations, engineering challenges, content connection videos, claim-evidence-reasoning assessments, and more.

Empower the Teacher, School, and District
Spend less time planning and more time focusing on helping struggling and advanced learners, through a variety of learning resources. STEMscopes NGSS saves schools and districts money, provides free PD, and constantly evolves based on teachers’ feedback.

True Alignment to the NGSS
Built over three years, STEMscopes NGSS meets all ETSs, CCCs, DCIs, and Scientific and Engineering Practices across all Strands, while considering the language and structure of the PEs to understand the bounds and limitations of what student outputs should be.

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Professional Development

Even the best designed curriculum cannot be successful without professional development. Get on-boarded quickly with STEMcoach Launch Training.

When adopting a new instructional program for teachers and student success in science, implementation support is paramount for using the program to its best advantage. By modeling hands-on, inquiry-based strategies while using STEMscopes, teachers will develop an understanding of the STEMscopes structure, where resources are located, how to glide through assessments, and how to provide interactive and engaging technology-focused lessons.

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How the program was built

The IDEA Model

STEMscopes NGSS is based on our proprietary IDEA model—illuminate, do, expand, and assess—that empowers teachers to make sense of the Disciplinary Core Idea.

The IDEA model, developed by the same STEMscopes team that built the STEMscopes state edition on the 5E model, utilizes hands-on, rigorous components to seamlessly incorporate science and engineering, argumentation, and problem-based learning into today’s classroom. STEMscopes NGSS is easy to use and written by teachers, for teachers.

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Illuminate

» Students activate prior knowledge through a short hook activity that prompts them to question the scientific phenomenon they are about to experience. Teachers may also use this as a pre-assessment.

2
Do

» Students dive into a multistep combination of hands-on investigations, engineering solutions tasks, and PBLs (Project Based Learning) that builds not only their context for the academic knowledge of the standard but also 21st century skills.

3
Expand

» Students can engage with powerful differentiated activities to meet each of their individual needs — reading, math, and hands-on extensions.

4
Assess

» Each student’s level of mastery becomes clear through formative and summative assessments presented in multiple formats, including claim-evidence-reasoning.

What a lesson looks like

Each STEMscopes NGSS module transitions from teacher facilitated to student directed using the IDEA Model.
NGSS Lesson Cycle:
  • Burning Question
  • Accessing Prior Knowledge
  • Hook Activity
  • Science Activity
  • Science Investigation
  • Engineering Solution
  • PBL
  • Extensions
  • Math Connections
  • Reading Connections
  • Interactives
  • Argue: CER
  • Multiple Choice
  • Open Ended Response
» The IDEA model relies on a gradual release of control from teacher to student. »

STEM Videos

Explore STEM around the World

Were enhancing STEMscopes Content Connections with over 1000 new STEM videos!

Short, impactful, and representing the best of BBC and Getty Images libraries, these TWIG licensed videos bring worldwide STEM phenomena to your classroom without any additional cost or software—they’re already in your STEMscopes subscription!


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Awards

District Administration Top 100 Products 2013 2015 Revere Awards Winner IMS Global Certified SIIA Innovation Incubator Participant DILA 2014 Winner Cool Tool Award 2014 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Awards Finalist