Smithsonian Science How
Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How! Preview our formats by watching a program from our video webcast archives.
Smithsonian Science How webinars return in the new year! Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, this series will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout.
Thematically aligned with NMNH Digital School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar will be aligned with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience.
- Optimized for students in Grades 3-5, but open to everyone
- Scientists take your questions
- 45 minutes long, followed by an extended Q&A for 15 minutes
- Aligned with national science standards
- Aligned with the museum’s Digital School Programs
- Real-time captioning
January will feature a series of virtual field trips to the Smithsonian, made extra-special thanks to a collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Registration is requested, but not required. Click a program’s title to register.
March 3, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET: What Mars Reveals about Life in Our Universe
Explore our universe in this special collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Science How.
Join educators and experts from the Smithsonian to explore Mars, Earth, and more in this live, interactive webinar. The featured scientists will discuss the meteorites, atmosphere, and planets they study, how they study them, and what some of these far-flung objects from Earth's solar system reveal about life in our Universe. During this webinar, you will be able to respond to polls and submit questions to be answered live by the featured scientists.
- The primary goals of this webinar are to help students find value in studying the natural world, build interest and personal connections to science, and explore science careers.
- This program will be presented via Zoom video webinar. A link to join the program will be emailed to all registrants and posted on this webpage.
Previous Programs in 2021
- January 6: Insect Adaptations, Featuring Residents of the Insect Zoo with Chris Mooney
- January 13: Clouded Leopard Virtual Tour with Juan Rodriguez from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
- January 22: Virtual Tour of the National Zoo’s Coral Lab with Thomas Wippenbeck
- January 27: Reptile Discovery Center Virtual Tour with Kyle Miller from the National Zoo
- February 3: Beetle Adaptations for Survival with Floyd Shockley
- February 10: Adaptations of Acorn Woodpeckers with Sahas Barve
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 Smithsonian Science How video webinars; these recordings are also linked from the Video Archives page.
Browse the video archives.
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