Smithsonian Science Education Center

Focusing On Science Education

These new kits from the Smithsonian completely align to the Next Generation Science Standards for Grades 6-8.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center

Meet our partners, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the only unit at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 science education reform. To learn more about their efforts, visit their website.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Director Dr. Carol O’Donnell is passionate about the importance of science for all students who are our future workforce. "What we try to do in our work in K through 12 is try to make certain all students are learning."

Why is it important for students to have a hands-on phenomenon experience in the age of digital technology? Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, shares what she has learned in over 34 years of personal experience and what she is committed to providing in the Smithsonian's science curriculum programs in this TEDx talk.
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