Smithsonian Science Education Center

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is an organization of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to transforming K-12 Education through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe.  To achieve our mission, we have four goals: (1) we promote authentic, inquiry-based, integrated 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; (3) we advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD); and (4) we translate the research and collections of the Smithsonian into meaningful tools and convenings for K-12 teachers and students. We achieve our goals by: (a) building awareness for science education among school leaders; (b) promoting Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER); (c) supporting the professional growth of K-12 teachers and school leaders; (d) developing exemplary K-12 curriculum materials and digital resources (including our comprehensive research-based science curriculum programs: Smithsonian Science for the Classroom; Science and Technology Concepts for Middle School (STCMS); and Smithsonian Science for Global Goals); and (d) engaging in research. At the heart of our work is the idea that all youth—regardless of gender, geography, or socio-economic status—should be given the opportunities to learn about the socio-scientific issues that challenge us. The Smithsonian, through the Smithsonian Science Education Center, plays an active role in sparking students' and teachers' interest in STEM to ensure a scientifically literate global citizenry.

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Excerpt from The Smithsonian Institution's Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement from Secretary Lonnie Bunch, dated September 30, 2019:

The Smithsonian is committed to ensuring that all employees and affiliated persons (e.g. interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are treated equitably in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, or marital status and retaliation for reporting workplace harassment.  In our diversity lies our greatest potential, and I want to assure you of my commitment to an organizational culture of mutual respect where each of us feels welcomed, comfortable, and safe.