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Smithsonian Education News - Back to School 2016 Issue
Smithsonian Learning Lab 2016 Global Folklorist Challenge
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Add Your Collections


Educators have added more than a thousand “teaching collections” to the Smithsonian Learning Lab. See their work and build a collection of your own.

Discover, create, and share.
Student Media
2016 Global Folklorist Challenge


The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage invites students ages 8–18 to explore a tradition in their community and then to share it by creating a video, podcast, or slide set. The students compete for a prize.

Enter the challenge!
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
What’s New at the National Zoo? A Place for All People Terrific Taxonomy
Children’s Classes
What’s New at the National Zoo?


Young animal lovers (ages 2-6) and their adult buddies learn what’s new in fall preschool classes. Weekdays and weekends available.

Learn more and register here.
Poster Exhibit
A Place for All People


The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service offers a free “poster exhibit” that celebrates the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is accompanied by programming ideas and educational resources.

Learn more.
Homeschooling
Terrific Taxonomy


Your homeschooler’s science curriculum is about to get wild! Join Friends of the National Zoo for a unique set of classes for ages 5-13.

Learn more and register.
Wildlife Studies Certificate Program Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History National Fossil Day NMNH
Adult Education
Wildlife Studies Certificate Program


Interested in the science and conservation of zoo animals? Join Friends of the National Zoo for monthly adult courses taught by zoo professionals and Smithsonian scientists.

Check out the schedule.
Free School Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History


The museum’s teen center offers one-of-a-kind science experiences. Immersive, curriculum-relevant programs for school groups are held on weekday mornings.

Find a program for your class.
Family Festival
National Fossil Day @NMNH


Celebrate National Fossil Day on October 15 with a full day of fossil-themed activities at the National Museum of Natural History.

Get the details.
Biocubes Latinidad: Looking into Latina Women’s American Experiences Choosing to Participate
Citizen Science Project
Biocubes


How much life can you find in one cubic foot? You and your students will be amazed!

Learn more.
Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
Latinidad: Looking into Latina Women’s American Experiences


This year’s festival at the National Museum of American History includes cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages.

See the schedule.
Educational Poster Set
Choosing to Participate


The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service offers 11 free full-color posters for middle and high schools. The posters encourage students to consider the consequences of everyday choices.

Learn more.
Wegmans Wonderplace Ambassador Program Professional Development at the National Portrait Gallery Student Programs at the National Portrait Gallery
Volunteer Opportunity
Wegmans Wonderplace Ambassador Program


Want to volunteer at the National Museum of American History? Wegmans Wonderplace (an exhibit for children up to age 6) will be training a new classes of volunteers.

Learn more.
Teacher Workshops
Professional Development at the National Portrait Gallery


Learn to use portraiture as a springboard to deep classroom discussions of history and biography.

Register here.
Field Trips
Student Programs at the National Portrait Gallery


Students analyze the visual elements of portraiture on standards-based themed gallery tours. Each tour complements art, history, social studies, and language arts curricula.

Register here.
Teaching the American Indian Experience Migration of the Monarchs Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History
Teacher Workshop
Teaching the American Indian Experience


A November 3 workshop at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York is designed for the teaching of Native history and culture. For more information, contact Joy Liu at liuj@si.edu or 212.514.3710.

Check the museum website for updates.
Student Workshop
Migration of the Monarchs


Programs on October 27 and 29 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York introduce the annual migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico. Students use lighting and circuitry to make their butterflies come to life! For more information, contact Joy Liu at liuj@si.edu or 212.514.3710.

Check the museum website for updates.
Field Trip Programs
Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History


Students take part in challenges that hone critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in this hands-on “invention space.” Designed for ages 6-12.

Learn how invention happens!
Anywhere Resources and Events
Smithsonian Science Education Center Website Smithsonian Science How National Museum of the American Indian, New York
Student/Teacher Resource
Smithsonian Science Education Center Website


The center’s new site features games, apps, videos, and K-8 curricula.

Learn more.
Science Video Library
Smithsonian Science How


Visit the Q?rius video library to watch any of 28 “Science How” programs. Topics include earth science, life science, paleontology, and social studies.

Find it all here.
Teacher Resources
National Museum of the American Indian, New York


Sign up to receive free resources on American Indian history and culture, including curricula.

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