In conjunction with the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? currently on view at the National Museum of Natural History (June 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012) , the Smithsonian is creating programming throughout its various museums and learning centers that supports public conversations about this important topic.
This much talked about, and well-received exhibit explores the topic of race from cultural, historical, and scientific perspectives and provides for positive dialogue and reflection.
YES Interns and RACE: Are We So Different?
The Youth Engagement through Science internship program engages high school sophomores and juniors from the Washington DC area in exciting internships at the National Museum of Natural History working on meaningful research projects with the Museum's world class research scientists.As part of the program, YES students will be trained as Facilitators to work in the RACE exhibition, providing them with additional experience in learning, education, and public engagement. They will complement the new volunteer corps for the exhibition, and bring a new capacity as peer Facilitators for any young adult visitors.
Highlighted Initiative Partner
The mission of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is to increase the Smithsonian Institution's impact as a national educational organization.
The Center provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian through hosting www.SmithsonianEducation.org, the gateway to the institution's educational resources and programs, publishing Smithsonian in Your Classroom, a journal for elementary and middle school educators, offering research opportunities and resources to the museum community, and conducting professional development programs for educators at all levels. The Center has created a long-term alliance with state education officials that has become the basis for several collaborative teacher training and resource development projects in a wide range of subjects. The Center also manages pan-institutional functions such as internships, heritage month celebrations, school tour programming, and the collection and analysis of data on Smithsonia education programs.