Note to Educators
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Q?rius and Q?rius jr.: a Discovery Room school programs have transitioned to a digital platform for the 2020-2021 school year. Programming and support materials are designed for grades K-12, with self-guided and live museum-educator-led options available.
Digital School Programs
- Live, online video programs virtually led by museum educators
- Aligned with standards
- Options for Grades Kindergarten through 12th
- Designed to keep students on task for:
- 45 minutes for Grades K-5
- 60 minutes for Grades 6-12
- Homeschool Days available the first Monday of the month: October 5, November 2, December 7, and February 1.
- Free, but registration is required. Registration slots close two weeks before the program date.
Registered programs, 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. ET from October 5, 2020, to February 26, 2021. DCPS teachers please contact us if classes need to be scheduled at alternate times.
Please note that additional programs will be added throughout the school year.
During this staff-led program, students will compare and contrast animal specimens from our virtual collections to discover how different adaptations help animals survive in their habitat. Students will explore the different kinds of adaptations for animals who live on land, water, and in the air.
During this museum-educator-led program, students virtually explore what makes an insect an insect, and why they are so successful (insects have more species and live in more places than any other animal!). Students will investigate and identify the survival techniques of the Carolina Sphinx Moth and the Tobacco Hornworm, exploring their adaptations using the scientific skills of observation and sketching.
During this staff-led program, students will 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.
Additional program topics being piloted starting February 2021:
- Grades K-2: Dinosaurs
- Graders 3-5: Urban Habitats
- Grades 6-12: Climate Change
- Zoom Webinar: Designed to accommodate classes, grades, or groups with 15-1,000 students. Students will not be visible to the museum educator or other students, but they will be able to submit questions in writing through the Q&A, and interact through polls.
- Zoom or Microsoft Teams Meeting: Designed to accommodate classes of 15 - 35 students. Students will be visible to the museum educator and their classmates, and will have the ability to raise their hand to ask questions. In order to participate in this format, those registering will need to provide copies of parental permissions to participate in onscreen programs. If you would like to register for more than 35 students you will need to book a second slot.
- Homeschool Day Zoom Webinar: Designed to accommodate individual students or small groups with less than 15 students. Students will not be visible to the museum educator or other students, but they will be able to submit questions in writing through the Q&A, and interact through polls. Homeschool Days available the first Monday of the month: October 5, November 2, December 7, and February 1.
How to Register
Registration is now open for programs through February 26, 2021. Register for Digital School Programs
Contact School Programs at NMNHschoolprograms@si.edu