Smithsonian Science How
Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How! Preview our formats by watching a program from our video archives.
Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts with Smithsonian Science How, a 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
Registration is requested, but not required. Click a program’s title to register. More programs will be added soon!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET: Sea Lions
Join Animal Keepers from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on a virtual field trip to meet and learn about sea lions! Students will get to see these curious marine mammals and hear some of the special adaptations they have for life in the water. Keepers will also share how they care for sea lions, how they got interested in a career as a Zookeeper, and how students can help protect ocean ecosystems for sea lions and other aquatic species. Register
- This webinar is designed for students in grades 3-5. It will be approximately 45 minutes with interactive polls and Q&A, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
- This webinar complements the Animal Adaptations school program and can be used as an extension resource.
- The primary goals of this webinar are to help students find value in studying the natural world, build their interest and personal connections to science, and learn about science careers.
- This webinar supports learning about animal adaptations and understanding how animals’ internal and external structures function to support survival (NGSS- 4-LS1-1), and how science findings are based on recognizing patterns (NGSS- 3-LS1-1).
This program will be presented via Zoom video webinar. Click this link to join the program: https://zoom.us/j/92852368172.
Related Resource: Infographic – How to Tell a Sea Lion from a Seal
- April 28, 2021: Pollination Webinar - Identifying Bees through Illustration
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
- March 3: What Mars Reveals about Life in Our Universe with L. Miché Aaron, Mariah Baker, and Cari Corrigan
- March 31: Handing It to the Mammals: What Anatomy Reveals About Animal Adaptations with Zoologist Andrea Eller
- April 7: The Beetle's Special Adaptation for Survival: Elytra with Floyd Shockley and Katie Derloshon
We've produced 52 Smithsonian Science How webcasts over the last seven 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.
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