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Smithsonian Education News - Fall 2015 Issue
Second Annual Global Folklorist Challenge Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery
Second Annual Global Folklorist Challenge

Students ages 8 to 18 compete for prizes by interviewing a local "tradition bearer" and sharing that tradition with the world. The contest is hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, in partnership with ePals/Cricket Media.

Get the details.
Mobile App
Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, museum curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War.

Begin investigating.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Papercraft 101 Sculpturis 101 Tinkercad 101
Teen 3D Workshop
Papercraft 101

In an introduction to 3D technology, participants cut, fold, and glue together the pieces of a papercraft model.

Cut, fold, glue!
Teen 3D Workshop
Sculpturis 101

Participants “draw and color” a simple 3D face in an introduction to organic 3D modeling. The final model can be exported for 3D printing.

It’s alive!
Teen 3D Workshop
Tinkercad 101

Participants construct geometric models that can be exported for 3D printing.

Let’s get modeling!
History Film Forum S?tatsu Evening for Educators ARTLAB+ Teen TechOver
Film Festival for History Teachers
History Film Forum

The National Museum of American History’s first History Film Forum, November 19–22, includes a teacher workshop along with screenings of brand-new feature and documentary films.

Learn more and register.
Professional Development
Sötatsu Evening for Educators

The Sackler Gallery invites teachers to preview the upcoming exhibition Sötatsu: Making Waves. Curator tours, games, and art activities introduce the work of Edo screen painter Tawayara Sötatsu. The evening includes music and refreshments.

Make a wave!
Teen Program
ARTLAB+ Teen TechOver

Join Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ mentors for workshops in photography, music making, and 3D modeling.

Learn more about ARTLAB.
CollectED Book Art FUNdamentals ! Student Art Studio
Professional Development

CollectED is the National Postal Museum’s online teacher community. New information is posted every Wednesday.

Join the CollectED Facebook group.

Join the CollectED Google+ community.
Studio Art Workshop
Book Art FUNdamentals !

The National Museum of African Art invites you and your students to tour an exhibition of contemporary book art and create books of your own. .

Contact Deborah Stokes at
School Year Workshops
Student Art Studio

The National Museum of African Art offers school-group workshops customized to your curricula

Contact Deborah Stokes at
Freer|Sackler Teen Council Studio Art Workshops Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History
Teen Program
Freer|Sackler Teen Council

The Freer|Sackler Teen Council is a group of high school students who help make the Freer and Sackler museums more welcoming to young people. Their events include art activities.

Learn more and apply.
Professional Teacher Development
Studio Art Workshops

These National Museum of African Art workshops can be tailored to your own staff development needs, your own schedule, and your own curriculum.

Contact Deborah Stokes at
Free School Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History

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

Find a program for your class.
How Do You Zoo? National Portrait Gallery Workshops Art Across the Curriculum
Field Trip
How Do You Zoo?

Kids learn about zoo careers in the How Do You Zoo? interactive play space. Perfect for ages 5–10.

Let your imagination run wild!
Professional Development
National Portrait Gallery Workshops

Be inspired to use portraiture in your classroom, whether your subject is art, social studies, or English.

Learn more and register.
Professional Development
Art Across the Curriculum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers workshops for all teachers of the humanities. Try out classroom strategies, collaborate with fellow teachers, and take home classroom resources.

Learn more and register.
National Fossil Day @NMNH Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy Teacher Workshops
Family Festival
National Fossil Day @NMNH

Celebrate National Fossil Day, October 10, at the National Museum of Natural History with a full day of fossil-themed activities.

Get the details.
Alternate Reality
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

In a free alternate-reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, students become astronauts-in-training as they hone engineering and math skills.

Join us on Mars!
Professional Development
Teacher Workshops

The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center offers workshops and seminars for teachers interested in exploring museums and artworks with young children. Flexible locations and pricing.

Learn more.
Discovery Theater Smithsonian Sleepovers Certificate Program in World Art History
Performances for Children
Discovery Theater

Learning comes alive on the stage of The Smithsonian Associates’ Discovery Theater.

Learn more.
Family Outings
Smithsonian Sleepovers

The Smithsonian Associates presents customized sleepovers at the National Portrait Gallery and the Natural Museum of American History. For families and groups of families with children ages 8–14.

Learn more.
Professional Development
Certificate Program in World Art History

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

Learn more.
Studio Arts Classes    
Professional Development
Studio Arts Classes

The Smithsonian Associates presents hands-on art instruction all year long, from one-day workshops to multisession courses.

Learn more.
Anywhere Resources and Events
STEM in 30 Teaching Evolution through Human Examples Biocubes: Exploring Biodiversity with the National Museum of Natural History
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 Mars, the International Space Station, and the Wright brothers.

Learn more.
AP Biology Lessons
Teaching Evolution through Human Examples

In these National Museum of Natural History curriculum units, human case studies introduce core evolutionary concepts. Also included are ideas for creating a “comfortable classroom” for teaching evolution.

Download for free.
Citizen Science
Biocubes: Exploring Biodiversity with the National Museum of Natural History

How much life can you find in one cubic foot of the planet Earth? You and your students will be amazed! Use Biocubes with your class to investigate local biodiversity in a systematic way.

Learn more.
Skin & Bones for the Bone Hall Smithsonian Science How Artful Connections
Mobile App
Skin & Bones for the Bone Hall

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

Download the app.
Live Webcasts
Smithsonian Science How

Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom through free TV-style interactive webcasts. Tune in on October 8 for the season premiere, featuring dinosaur discoverer Hans Sues. The webcasts are accompanied by teaching resources.

Find it all here.
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.
Showbiz Safari Zoo Jobs A Facilitated Dialogue Toolkit
Life Science Game
Showbiz Safari

Introduce your students to the diversity of plants and animals in various habitats.

Online now.
Video Podcasts
Zoo Jobs

The National Zoo presents “Other Duties as Assigned: The Secret World of Zoo Jobs,” a series of podcasts for middle school audiences. Covers STEM subjects: biology, environmental science, and wildlife conservation.

Learn more.
For Teachers and Students
A Facilitated Dialogue Toolkit

Developed for the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, the toolkit is a great resource for guiding conversations about immigration, race, and social justice.

More information here.
BumperDucks Museum-School Connections Earth from Space
Physical Science Game

Players learn how mass affects acceleration as they watch objects collide.

Online now.
Distance Learning
Museum-School Connections

Visit the National Museum of African Art without leaving your classroom. Elementary and high school students take part in a videoconferencing program that covers core curriculum requirements.

More information.
Educational Poster Set
Earth from Space

A set of twenty posters features satellite images that record conditions nearly impossible to see from the surface of the planet. Available in English and Spanish.

Take a look.
Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects    
Online Course
Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects

Based on the new C3 Framework for Social Studies, this course offers practical ideas on using museum resources in the high school classroom. The course runs October 6–November 17.

Register now.
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