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The new Arkansas Science Standards require that students spend more time actually doing science. There are more hands-on, engaging labs that allow students to think and act like scientists. The new standards also incorporate Engineering practices into the content itself. 

RSD has adopted and will implement the STEMscopes science curriculum for grades 5-8, starting in the 2017-2018 school year. Please watch the video for more information.

This is also a brochure from STEMscopes that outlines the main focus of their curriculum.

And, if you click here, you'll go to an article from ASCD, a national curriculum organization, that describes how STEMscopes is breaking down barriers in schools and empowering students to make connections with literacy, math, and science. 

Click here to read the science departmental goals.