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Smithsonian Education News - Spring 2015 Issue
National Math Festival Museum Weekend Fun
The Math Behind the Science
National Math Festival


A first-of-a-kind National Math Festival comes to the Smithsonian on Saturday, April 18th. The free day of events includes dozens of activities for every age—from a self-guided solar system tour to Houdini-like magic getaways.

Learn more.
Family Workshops
Museum Weekend Fun


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center's weekend family workshops introduce young children (six months to six years) to the wonders of the Smithsonian.

Learn more and register.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery Humanosaurus: Dino-fy Yourself! Tattoo Universe
Summer Teacher Institutes
Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery


Use portraiture as a springboard to biography and history. The National Portrait Gallery presents two professional-development institutes this summer. K–12 teachers may apply as individuals or in groups.

Apply now.
Teen Workshop
Humanosaurus: Dino-fy Yourself!


Paleo-scientists introduce prehistoric adaptations in a free Art + Science Workshop at Natural History. Students adapt themselves to an imagined environment by creating their own dino-armor! Registration required.

Learn more and register.
Teen Workshop
Tattoo Universe


Students take an anthropological look at tattooing in a free Art + Science Workshop at Natural History. Registration required.

Learn more and register.
Play: Engaging Young Learners in Object-Rich Environments Certificate Program in World Art History Studio Arts Classes
Early-Education Workshop
Play: Engaging Young Learners in Object-Rich Environments


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center presents a two-day professional-development workshop in June. Special “pay what you can” pricing will be available in May.

Learn more and register.
Professional Development
Certificate Program in World Art History


Get a global perspective on art and architecture in this program from The Smithsonian Associates. Participants choose from a wide range of courses and complete the requirements at their own pace.

Learn more.
Professional Development
Studio Arts Classes


The Smithsonian Associates presents studio art classes all year long, from one-day workshops to multisession classes.

Learn more and register.
Smithsonian Sleepovers Smithsonian Science Education Academies Summer Safari Day Camp
Childhood Learning
Smithsonian Sleepovers


The Smithsonian Associates presents customized sleepovers at Natural History and American History for families and groups of families with children ages 8–12.

Learn more and register.
Professional Development
Smithsonian Science Education Academies


The Smithsonian Science Education Center offers three academies for K–12 teachers this summer. Go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian and gather new science resources and teaching practices for your classroom.

Learn more and register.
New at the Zoo
Summer Safari Day Camp


Join the National Zoo this summer for a wild nature exploration! In weeklong day camps, K–7 kids take part in hands-on activities and zoo walks as they learn about habitat and conservation.

Learn more and register.
Residential Camp at Front Royal Children’s Classes at the Zoo Jr. Zoo Staffers
Back to Nature
Residential Camp at Front Royal


Students in grades 5–10 reunite with nature at the National Zoo's Front Royal, Virginia, facility. Investigations of local ecology and interactions with Smithsonian scientists make for an unforgettable experience.

Learn more and register.
For School and Homeschool Students
Children's Classes at the Zoo


The National Zoo invites young animal lovers (ages 2–12) to explore wildlife and the world of environmental science. Weekday and weekend classes are available.

Learn more and register.
For Future Zoologists
Jr. Zoo Staffers


Do your students wonder what it would be like to work at a zoo? Students ages 5–10 can become certified Jr. Zoo Staffers by role-playing careers at the National Zoo.

More information here.
Online Resources and Events
Gulf Oil Spill Interactive Story Map Skin & Bones for the Bone Hall National Youth Summit on the War on Poverty
Smithsonian Ocean Portal
Gulf Oil Spill Interactive Story Map


Take a look at the Smithsonian’s online interactive "Anatomy of an Oil Spill," based on the actual Gulf spill. Your class can trace the path of the spill and learn of its many impacts on the environment.

Dive in.
Mobile App
Skin & Bones for the Bone Hall


See astonishing things happen in 3-D in a virtual Natural History Bone Hall.

Download the app.
Webcast for High School Students
National Youth Summit on the War on Poverty


On April 28, the National Museum of American History hosts a live webcast on the history and legacy of the Johnson administration's War on Poverty.

Learn more and register.
STEM in 30 Sizing Up the Universe on BrainPOP  
Live Webcast
STEM in 30


Join the National Air and Space Museum for fast-paced live webcasts designed to increase middle school student interest in STEM topics. Upcoming shows focus on World War I, Earth Day, and the International Space Station.

Learn more.
Digital Interactive
Sizing Up the Universe on BrainPOP


The Earth the size of a beach ball? The moon the size of a baseball? Learn more about the size & scale of the universe with our fun interactive game, "Sizing Up the Universe," now available for tablets and, alongside lesson plans, on BrainPOP!

Check it out.
 
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