School Program for Grades 6-12
During this museum educator-led program, students explore how Smithsonian scientists measure the biodiversity of coral reefs using nondestructive methods. They will model the same scientific processes used by our scientists by observing and analyzing images of plates with the actual organisms that live in the Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) to better understand human impact on coral reefs. Based upon their observations students develop, test, and refine explanations and potential recommendations for protecting and preserving coral reefs. In-person programs take place at the museum in Washington, D.C.
During this museum educator-led program, students explore biodiversity on a coral reef using the same methods as Smithsonian scientists. Students will practice science skills of observing, classifying, and quantifying organisms living on coral reefs using real data collected by field scientists with Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS). They will use their observations to understand how biodiversity is related to ecosystem resilience, and how humans are impacting these vital ocean habitats.
Registration is now open for school programs through June 16, 2023.
Upcoming Science How Live Webinars
Bring Smithsonian and other scientists into your home and classroom with Smithsonian Science How, a series of live video webinars that connect science experts with students. These new webinars will connect your students with the core content of the Reefs Unleashed school programs and provide students with an opportunity to extend their learning in the content area.
There are no reef webinars scheduled at this time.