Smithsonian Science How
Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How! Check out the Science How schedule below to get started, or preview our formats by watching a program from our video webcast archives.
These free, interactive, live video webcasts take questions from your students while introducing them to science concepts and practices through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts. The shows provide opportunities for your students to interact via live polls and Q&A with the scientist.
- Grades 3-8; optimized for students in grades 3-5
- Developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s children’s theater, Discovery Theater
- Scientists take your questions
- Complementary teaching resources
- 45 minutes long
- Aligned with national science standards
Here is the webcast schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. Want to suggest a topic for a future show? E-mail us at ScienceHow@si.edu.
We've moved our popular Science How webcast series to video webinars to connect your learners to natural history science and careers more often. We've also created several other webinar series. Webinars will be presented on Zoom video. All times are Eastern Time. (Registration is requested, but not required.)
- June 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. – Science How: Volcanoes and Pyroclastic Flows with Geologist Ben Andrews
- June 5, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. – Fossil Friday with Paleobotanist Rich Barclay
- June 6, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. – Natural History at Home: Feeling Crabby – How Decorator Crabs Use Camouflage
We've produced 52 Smithsonian Science How webcasts over the last six years. They feature Smithsonian experts, are aligned with standards, and cover specific topics in the disciplines of Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies. Since March 2020, we have also produced many video webinars; these recordings are also linked from the Video Archives page.
Browse the video archives.
Ask Science How
Teachers and students: Do you have a question for our science experts? Send us your questions, either before or after a webcast. We'll send you the answer. Ask Science How