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Smithsonian Education News - Fall 2015 Issue
Smithsonian Learning Lab Good Thinking!
Sneak Peek!
Smithsonian Learning Lab


Be among the first to visit the new Smithsonian Learning Lab beta, an engaging digital destination for teachers, students, and lifelong learners to discover authentic resources, create personalized learning experiences, and share their creativity and knowledge with others. And if you are attending the ISTE conference (Denver, June 26-28), sign up for our workshop, “Digital Creation with Real Substance.”

Learn more at learninglab.si.edu.

or register for the workshop.
New Web Series
Good Thinking!


A new series of Smithsonian videos looks at commonly held student ideas (and misconceptions) on a range of science topics. Designed to support K–12 science teachers.

Watch the full season online.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Perspectives on History: Designing Change Teacher-in-Residence Programs at American Indian Teaching the Humanities through Art
Professional Development
Perspectives on History: Designing Change


Zoom in on postage stamps and stand back from wall-sized murals to explore the intersections of history, design, and persuasion. This April 2 workshop is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Postal Museum.

Register here.
Professional Development
Teacher-in-Residence Programs at American Indian


Teachers help to create dynamic online lessons using the extensive resources of the National Museum of the American Indian. You’ll work with museum staff and participating American Indian communities.

Click here to learn more.
Summer Institutes
Teaching the Humanities through Art


Join educators from around the country this summer for a weeklong exploration of American art and its connections to your curricula. Held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Applications due April 3.
Learning to Look Basque: Innovation by Culture Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Summer Teacher Institute
Learning to Look


Learn how a study of portraiture can build your students’ visual-literacy skills. The National Portrait Gallery presents two summer institutes for individuals or groups, June 27–30 and July 11–14. For K–12 teachers.

Learn more and apply.
2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Basque: Innovation by Culture


This year’s Folklife Festival on the National Mall features the music, poetry, and cuisine of the Basque people of northern Spain and southwestern France. Learn cooking techniques and phrases in the pre-Indo-European Euskara language. A separate evening concert series presents “The Sounds of California.”

Join the summer fun.
Professional Development
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center offers teacher workshops and seminars on ways to explore museums and art with young children. Flexible location and pricing.

Learn more.
Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers Book Art Zoo-cial Structures
Professional Development
Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers


Join the Smithsonian Science Education Center for professional learning in science content and pedagogy this summer. Go behind the scenes at Smithsonian museums and research facilities.

Learn more and register.
Summer Art Camp
Book Art


The National Museum of African Art presents “Book Art FUNdamentals! Cut, Fold, and Create,” July 11–15. For ages 13 and up. Participants will never look at a book the same way again!

Contact Deborah Stokes at Stokesd@si.edu.
Homeschool Class
Zoo-cial Structures


Learn how the social strategies of a species relate to its biology and its ecosystem niche, whether the species is the flamboyant flamingo or the solitary panda. This weekly class (April 21–June 2) is for ages 6-12.

Join our herd!
FONZ Nature Camp Snore & Roar The Paint Ball
Summer Camp
FONZ Nature Camp


Rediscover the great outdoors with Friends of the National Zoo this summer! Spend a week with us exploring nature (and learning about conservation research) at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Check us out!
Overnights at the Zoo
Snore & Roar


Ever wonder what zoo animals are up to after the sun goes down? See for yourself at a National Zoo Snore & Roar overnight! Programs for families, scouting groups, and adults are available.

Get the details.
Teen Event
The Paint Ball


The National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council holds its “Paint Ball” on Friday, April 8, 7–9 pm. Come join the many activities on this teen-only night.

Learn about all Portrait Gallery teen events.
Portrait Pop-Up Teen Museum Council 2016–17 The Q?Crew
Teen Program
Portrait Pop-Up


What does the National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council have to say about the gallery? Find out in a lively interactive program.

Learn about all Portrait Gallery teen programs.
Teen Program
Teen Museum Council 2016–17


The National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council is a yearlong program for D.C. teenagers who are creating their own programs at the gallery.

Learn more.
Teen Volunteer Program
The Q?Crew


Calling all DC-area teens in grades 9-11! Applications are due March 18 to volunteer with the Q?Crew at the National Museum of Natural History. Participants lead their peers in science-based activities.

Learn more and download the application.
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural HistoryH Korea Day Welcome to Murad Khani
Field Trip Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History


The museum’s teen center offers one-of-a-kind learning experiences. Students get up-close access to more than 6,000 specimens and use the tools and techniques of Smithsonian scientists.

Get curious in Q?rius.
Family Festival
Korea Day


On May 3, the Sackler Gallery kicks off the Korean Film Festival with a day of free hands-on activities, musical performances, tae kwon do demonstrations, and storybook readings.

Learn more.
Open Studio
Welcome to Murad Khani


Join family tours and activities related to the Sackler Gallery exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan.

Get the details.
Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2016 Young Ambassadors Program    
Leadership Development
Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2016 Young Ambassadors Program


The Latino Center offers paid internships through its Young Ambassadors Program. Students gain professional experience and network with Latino leaders.

Learn more.
   
Anywhere Resources and Events
Rocket Lab Artful Connections Morphy
iPad App
Rocket Lab


What does it take to be a rocket engineer? This app allows you to assume the role of a rocket engineer for a space exploration company. Your job is to design and launch a series of rockets for suborbital, orbital and escape-velocity missions.

This is rocket science!
Free Videoconferences
Artful Connections


Bring American art to your students with ten free interactive videoconference lessons from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Request a program.
Life Science Game
Morphy


Students examine the external structures of animals in a new game from the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Online now.
Disaster Detector Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship Biocubes
Earth Science Game
Disaster Detector


Students analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events. The game is presented by the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Online now.
Student/Teacher Resource
Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship


This online interactive from the National Museum of American History features a hundred questions from the U.S. naturalization test, along with lesson plans and an opportunity for users to test themselves.

Learn more.
Citizen Science Project
Biocubes


How much life can you find in one cubic foot? Use “Biocubes” with your classes to investigate local biodiversity.

Take a close look!
Smithsonian Science How Teaching Evolution through Human Examples Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Project, 1942–1964
Live Webcasts and Video Archives
Smithsonian Science How


Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom through free, interactive, TV-style webcasts that come with teaching resources. Check out the schedule of upcoming programs, all of which are NGSS-aligned.

Online now.
AP Biology Lessons
Teaching Evolution through Human Examples


Human case studies introduce core evolutionary concepts in these biology curriculum units from the National Museum of Natural History. Also included are ideas for creating a “comfortable classroom” for teaching evolution.

Download for free.
Educational Poster Set
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Project, 1942–1964


Six bilingual (English and Spanish) posters explore the program that brought millions of Mexicans to work in U.S. agriculture and on the railroads.

More information here.
National Youth Summit: Japanese American Incarceration    
Webcast
National Youth Summit: Japanese American Incarceration


Join the National Museum of American History and Japanese American National Museum for a webcast exploring the history and legacy of Japanese American incarceration. Designed for grades 9-12 (May 17, 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific).

Learn more.
   
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