This accession consists of six websites maintained by the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) as they existed on February 5, 2013. NSRC is jointly administered by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies. At the time these websites were crawled, NSRC was in the process of changing its name to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), but the websites had not yet been updated with the name change.
The main NSRC website included information about the organization's programs, resources, staff, and Advisory Board. Shortly after the crawl, it began redirecting to a newly launched SSEC website (not included in this accession).
The "Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools" (STC/MS) website is designed for students and teachers as a supplement to the inquiry-based STC/MS curriculum developed by NSRC and serves as a resource guide. The "Properties of Matter" website is a resource guide for a module of that curriculum.
The website for the LASER i3 website provides information about the program and about the partner schools. Developed by NSRC, the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Model is a systemic approach to science learning and teaching that addresses classroom instruction using a research-based science curriculum with aligned professional development for teachers and provides the entire support system needed to provide students with excellent and equitable science education. As part of the program, NSRC has partnered with schools, both in urban and rural areas, that have significant numbers of students living in poverty. A separate website provides information about symposia, workshops, and other events associated with the LASER program.
The Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) website provides information about NSRC's graduate-level academies that combine training in science content and pedagogy with behind the scenes experiences at a wide variety of Smithsonian Institution units, affiliates, inquiry-based curriculum, and science research facilities.
Materials are in electronic format.