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
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. Science How is taking a break for the summer, but several of our other webinar series are continuing. Webinars will be presented on Zoom video. All times are Eastern Time.
- July 14, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. – Vaccines and Society
- July 15, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. – Fossilized Footprints Reveal a Snapshot of Early Human Life
- July 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. – Career Dives: Live Conversations in Marine Science with Science Writer Michelle Donahue
- July 21, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. – Teen Tuesday: Exploring Cellphone Sustainability
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.
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