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Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi

Science Teaching with Embedded Primary Sources (STEPS) Project

Help your students step back in time and explore the history of science through the Library of Congress’ collection of primary sources. In the STEPS workshop, participants will learn how to find, evaluate, and use historical primary sources from the Library of Congress in their science instruction. Participants will develop and revise a science lesson plan or course module using the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources materials. Teacher stipends will be provided for participating in and completing the course.

Registration Deadline: January 13, 2023

The STEPS Project was funded in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region Program, managed by Illinois State University with continued funding for the 2STEPS project by a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, award #GA2IC0090. Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS Midwest Region does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress. 

Resources for Teaching Science with Primary Sources

The TPS Teachers Network brings together teachers with a shared interest in improving instructional practice and impacting student learning through Library of Congress primary sources. 

Everyday Mysteries will help you get the answers to many of life’s most interesting questions through scientific inquiry. In addition, we will introduce you to the Library of Congress’ rich collections in science and technology.


Watson. S. A. & James. J. (2022, December 2). STEPS: Science teaching with embedded                     primary sources [Poster session]. Annual TPS Knowledge Exchange at National Council               for Social Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Watson, S.A., Jackson, W., James, J., & Steimle, A. (2022, March 12). Using primary sources to build science content knowledge. [Conference session]. International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education, Virtual Conference.

Watson, S.A. & Jackson, W. (2022, January 5-8). Weaving history and content throughout science instruction. A poster presentation for the 2022 Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, United States.

Watson, S.A. & Jackson, W. (2021, October 16). Science teaching with embedded primary sources: Using Library of Congress materials with in-service teachers. A poster presentation for the 2021 Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference, Safety Harbor, FL.