Our Goals

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is transforming K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. To achieve our mission, we have three goals:


(1) we promote authentic, inquiry-based K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning;
(2) we ensure diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in K-12 STEM education; and,
(3) we advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD).


We achieve our goals by developing exemplary standards-aligned curriculum materials and digital resources (including our comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum program Smithsonian Science for the Classroom and Science and Technology Concepts for Middle School (STCMS); supporting the professional development of K-12 STEM/STEM4SD teachers and school leaders; building awareness for STEM education and providing leadership development through our Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model; and engaging in outreach and research.