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Discover how to use museum resources and methods to bring new excitement into your classroom. Many Smithsonian museums offer scheduled classes for educators as well as customized training.

Science & Technology

Explore the Universe
Investigate changing views of the universe, as well as student misconceptions of cosmology. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is for teachers of grades 5–8 or 9–12. Call 202.633.2540.
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Exploring the Planets
Study the tools of planetary research and analyze the images and data they provide. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is for teachers of grades 3–5 or 6–9. Call 202.633.2540.
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Programs
The center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, combines the research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to study the physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. It offers K-12 professional development programs and resources developed by its Science Education Department. In association with the Annenberg Channel, it offers broadcast-related workshops.
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How Things Fly
Explore the interactive devices in the National Air and Space Museum’s How Things Fly gallery, study aircraft in the museum that illustrate the technology of flight, and learn to address these topics in the classroom. Designed for teachers of grades 6–10. Call 202.633.2540.
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Smithsonian Science Education Center Programs
Inquiry-based sessions, tailored to meet each teacher's needs, draw conceptual connections among science disciplines. Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers help secondary teachers improve content knowledge and pedagogical skills in the life and earth sciences. Call 202.633.2970 or e-mail The Center also helps school districts implement an inquiry-based program. Call 202.633.2986.
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National Zoo Programs
The Zoo and its Conservation Research Center offer many training programs in which teachers work alongside scientists. Sessions include "Basic Tree Identification" and "Read and Write with Wildlife." Call 540.635.6531.
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Naturalist Center
The Loudoun County, Virginia, facility of the National Museum of Natural History has a collection of 36,000 specimens for the study of life sciences, earth sciences, and even art and history. Call 800.729.7725 to arrange for teacher-training or school-group programs.
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Problem Solving with the Wright Brothers
Engage in the process of invention alongside the two bicycle builders from Dayton. Hands-on activities demonstrate the workings of wings and propellers and introduce the physics of flight. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is designed for teacher of grades 3–8. Call 202.633.2540.
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Reflections on Earth: Remote Sensing to Monitor the Environment
Use remote sensing technology to study volcanoes, dunes, and floods. All participants receive field-tested lessons and resources for obtaining satellite images. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is designed for teachers of grades 9–12. Call 202.633.2540
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Located on Chesapeake Bay, the center works with D.C.-area school systems. The sessions explore the ecosystem of the bay and its watershed.
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Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers
The National Science Resource Center offers scholarships for teachers to attend its academies. Participants have unique behind-the-scenes access to the Smithsonian’s museums, researchers, curators, and educators.
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The institute offers teacher workshops at its Punta Culebra Nature Center in Panama.
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A teacher workshop at the National Zoo

The National Zoological Park and its Conservation & Research Center offer a wide variety of teacher training opportunities.

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