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Welcome to STEMscopes NGSS
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STEMscopes Iowa, Kindergarten Kit

STEMscopes 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 Iowa is an all-in-one STEM solution for the NGSS. Developed over three years, STEMscopes Iowa is rooted in the 5E model, a research-based instructional method that effectively connect the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering practices, and Crosscutting Concepts.

STEMscopes Iowa 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.


Helping Teachers Succeed

Key Benefits

Engage Students in Real STEM Learning

STEMscopes Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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

Being a highly effective teacher is equally important as having the best instructional resources. STEMcoachTM, the professional development arm of Accelerate Learning, knows that a teacher's professional development is the single best investment in our students' futures.

With STEMcoach, engaging and knowledgeable STEM coaches provide a wide variety of research-based, hands-on professional development and STEMscopes product trainings. STEMcoach is ready to develop your skills as a science teacher so you can have a direct impact on your students' success and build your leadership capacity for implementing STEM programs.

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Professional Development

How STEMscopes is Built

Rooted in the Scientifically Proven 5E Model PLUS Intervention and Acceleration.

STEMscopes pedagogy has its roots in Bybee’s 5E model, Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, and the back-flipped classroom wherein students learn by doing and experiencing rather than passively observing.

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  • » Students get hooked on the science lesson through demonstrations and real-life applicable short activities.
  • » Pre-assessments let teachers know where students are, and additional teaching strategies put students on individual paths.

Exploreview detail

  • » Students conduct investigations to build upon their prior knowledge and to generate new ideas.
  • » Set-up videos help teachers see the lesson, materials set-up, and student outcome expectations.

Explainview detail

  • » Students use fun, collaborative grouping strategies and interactives to share their explanations of the exploration activities.
  • » Question prompts along with student responses are provided, and built-in progress monitoring helps teachers determine intervention needs.

Elaborateview detail

  • » Students are challenged to extend their conceptual understanding and apply their skills.
  • » Leveled options help teachers meet the unique needs of individual students.

Evaluateview detail

  • » Students demonstrate learning in Writing Science activities that are aligned to ELA standards such as main idea, making inferences, and graphic organization.
  • » Standards-based post-assessments help teachers gauge student mastery in relation to high-stakes exams.

Three-Dimensional Learning

STEMscopes NGSS is built on Three-Dimensional Learning—crosscutting connections, discipline-specific core ideas, and science and engineering practices. All three dimensions are seamlessly woven together in lesson activities so that students come to understand the Next Generation Science Standards not as discreet facts and skills, but as the process of applying science in our lives. This type of learning means that students can interact with science as scientists themselves, combining personal interests, a spirit of inquiry, and the overarching concepts that govern how we understand the natural world.

Download our STEMscopes NGSS Three-Dimensional Learning infographic to understand how this learning (and teaching) paradigm works.

Preview STEMscopes Iowa

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Experience STEMscopes Iowa and see how teachers ACTIVATE student learning through facilitated hands-on activities built from the ground up. From hands-on, inquiry-based investigations to math, literacy, art, and engineering differentiation activities, STEMscopes Iowa makes teaching science easy, affordable, and engaging.


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STEM Simulations

Introducing STEMscopes Interactive Simulations

STEMscopes simulations are embedded throughout the curriculum from kindergarten to 12th grade. These interactive elements help students practice their learned content knowledge and skills and enable teachers to assess in unique ways. Designed in two formats, Simulation Practice and SEP Simulations, they integrate smoothly with the hands-on experiences, STEM videos, and teacher resources.

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STEM Videos

Explore STEM around the World

We're enhancing STEMscopes Content Connections with over 1000 new STEM videos!

Twig World licensed videos bring global STEM phenomena to your classroom without any additional cost or software—they’re already in your STEMscopes subscription!

Whether used in class or assigned for use at home, these short and impactful videos are sourced from top film archives, including BBC Worldwide and Getty Images libraries.

Enhance your hands-on experiences by seeing how the models you create with your students in class act in the real world.

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