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Smithsonian Education News - Winter 2014 Issue
Contest for Young Inventors: The Smithsonian-ePals Invent It Challenge
Smithsonian Online Conference: Diplomacy in Action
Contest for Young Inventors
The Smithsonian-ePals Invent It Challenge

This year’s Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge has just opened for submissions. Students find a real-world problem and then invent a solution. Ages 5–18 are eligible. The inventors work as individuals or in groups. Deadlines for submissions are in early April.

Learn more.
Smithsonian Online Conference
Diplomacy in Action

On Wednesday, February 12, the Smithsonian presents a free online conference in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the National Park Service. Students discuss matters of diplomacy with experts and they can go on to earn a digital “Diplomat” badge.

Register here and listen to a welcome by Secretary of State, John Kerry.
New Game for Beginning Readers: Shutterbugs Live Webcasts: Smithsonian Science How?
New Game for Beginning Readers

Players are equipped with a virtual camera on a cartoon tour of the National Zoo. They snap pictures of animals whose behavior best corresponds to new vocabulary words.

Play online or download the app.
Live Webcasts
Smithsonian Science How?

The new program “Smithsonian Science How?” delivers real-world science to classrooms through free, interactive, live webcasts and supporting classroom resources.

Find it all here.
Smithsonian Opportunities: Young Ambassadors Program New Activity Sheets: Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian New Lesson: What Is a Primary Source?
Smithsonian Opportunities
Young Ambassadors Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center is accepting applications for its 2014 Young Ambassadors Program, a paid Smithsonian summer leadership and internship program. The application deadline is April 7.

Learn more.
New Downloadable Activities
Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Books offers thirteen free downloadable activity sheets, all taken from its new kids’ guide to the Smithsonian. Subjects range from the mechanics of flight to the history of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Download all 10.
New Lesson
What Is a Primary Source?

Students learn to tell the difference between first- and second-hand accounts as they examine documents related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Explore the lesson.
Recently Published: The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects Free School Programs: Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History Teachering Resources: Black History Month
Recently Published
Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects

This beautifully designed and illustrated book by Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s under secretary for art, history, and culture, is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory.

Read more.
Free School Program
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History

This new teen center offers one-of-a-kind science learning experiences. Free sixty-minute immersive, curriculum-relevant programs are offered for school groups on weekday mornings.

Find a program for your class.
Teaching Resources
Black History Month

February is Black History Month. The Smithsonian offers related events and teaching materials.

See all resources.
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