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 air live twice each day, and 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
- 30 minutes long
- Aligned with national science standards
We are planning new webcasts for the 2019-2020 school year. Have a suggestion for a show's topic? E-mail us at ScienceHow@si.edu.
Mark your calendars for 2020! Experts and topics will be announced soon.
- November 14, 2019 – What's a Lichen? How a Smithsonian Scientist Studies a Unique Symbiosis with Manuela Dal Forno
- December 12, 2019 – Forgotten Elephants of Deep Time with Paleobiologist Advait Jukar
- February 6, 2020
- March 12, 2020
- April 9, 2020
- May 14, 2020
- October 8, 2019 – Tracking the Health of Coral Reefs: Live from Belize
We've produced 46 Smithsonian Science How webcasts over the last six years. They feature Smithsonian experts and cover specific topics in the disciplines of Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies.