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Smithsonian Education News - Spring 2014 Issue
Time and Navigation Smithsonian and ePals: Junior Folklorist Challenge
Free Online Conference
Time and Navigation

On Wednesday, May 14, the Smithsonian presents four interactive Q&A sessions featuring the curators and scientists behind a new exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum. The conference covers the history of telling time, from sundials to atomic clocks. Students learn of the relationships between time telling and navigation, from sextants to GPS.

Learn more.
Smithsonian and ePals
Junior Folklorist Challenge

Students use the "folklorist process" to research cultural traditions in their community. They choose a tradition to document and present their findings in a slideshow, video, or podcast. The four-week project, April 28 to May 23, takes an hour of class time each week.

Learn more or register.
Learning Activities: Smithsonian Quests Live Webcasts: Smithsonian Science How?
Learning Activities
Smithsonian Quests

Avoid "summer slide" by introducing your students to Smithsonian Quests, a digital badging program for anytime and anywhere learning. Students earn badges as they complete a series of activities. From the Portrait Reader to the Enviro-Scientist, there’s something for everyone!

Free registration here.
Live Webcasts
Smithsonian Science How?

National Museum of Natural History delivers real-world science to your classroom. Students meet a volcanologist and a paleobotanist in upcoming sessions.

Find it all here.
Smithsonian Education: New Videos Share Your Stories: Community of Gardens Bilingual Teacher Toolkit
Smithsonian Education
New Videos

Now available online: Explore with Smithsonian Experts, a series of short videos focusing on observation and documentation. Also: seven archived education conferences, each of which has many individual sessions.

Take a look.
Share Your Stories
Community of Gardens

The Smithsonian invites students to share stories of their school garden, a community garden, or maybe just their own backyard. Community of Gardens is a new online archive of stories from around the country.

Share your story here.
Bilingual Teacher Toolkit
¡Chequea Esto!
Check This Out!

In September, the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum launches a bilingual teacher toolkit. It features animation shorts, teacher training videos, immersion games, web3Dbooks, and digital objects that apply 3D augmented reality technologies.

Learn more.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Summer Teacher Institutes: Learning to Look Super Science Saturdays Free School Programs
Summer Teacher Institutes
Learning to Look

Learn to use portraiture as a springboard for history lessons. The National Portrait Gallery presents two professional-development institutes in July. K–12 teachers may apply as individuals or in groups.

Learn more and apply.
Last in a Series
Super Science Saturdays

The National Air and Space Museum holds its final Super Science Saturday on May 10. The theme is Energy Day. The events include an electric car grand prix.

Learn more.
Free School Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History

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

Find a program for your class.
Theater for Young People Genome Institutes
Theater for Young People
The Great Adventures of Austin Clark and the Expedition Albatross

This original interactive production follows the derring-do of a real-life Smithsonian scientist. Presented in the Q?rius Theater of the National Museum of Natural History. After the show, kids can take field notes as they explore Clark's home base, the museum itself.

Check dates and prices.
Genome Institutes
Something Fishy About That Fish?

The National Museum of Natural History will hold DNA-testing workshops on two Saturdays, May 3 and June 7. Students can bring in a store-bought fish product to see if the fish really is what the label says it is. The workshops are free but registration is required.

Register or learn more by emailing Pat Phelps.
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