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Smithsonian Science How

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Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How, a live television-style program streamed through the web that takes questions from your students.

The 30-minute program features the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and more! Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science through free, live webcasts and teaching resources.

Thanks for making Smithsonian Science How an award-winning program! We were recognized by EdTech Digest as the winner of the 2015 Cool Tool Award in the "E-learning Solution" category and by the American Alliance of Museums with a 2015 MUSE award for Education and Outreach.

Check out the webcast schedule to get started, or preview our talk-show format by watching a program from our webcast archives. Get related teaching resources.

Smithsonian Science How's collections

 

Human Evolution - Early Human Diets

<p>This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at <a href="http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast">http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast</a> This collection focuses on the significance diet for human evolution. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of the evidence for early meat-eating in humans. Anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.</p><p><strong>Key Terms:</strong> paleoanthropology, fossil, archaeology, human evolution, extinction, taxonomy, phylogeny</p><p><strong>Key Concepts:</strong></p><p>- What it means to be human</p><p>- Diet and culture of early humans</p><p>- Interpreting the family tree of humans</p><p>- Factors shaping human evolution</p><p>- Technology used by paleoanthropologists</p>
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Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time

<p>This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at <a href="http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast">http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast</a> This collection focuses on recent bird extinctions, including the Passenger Pigeon. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of the evidence for and causes of bird extinctions since humans have been on the scene. Ornithologist Dr. Helen James is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.</p><p><strong>Key Terms:</strong> ornithology, bird conservation, extinction, endangered species, island ecosystems, Holocene period</p><p><strong>Key Concepts:</strong></p><p>- Human influences on bird populations</p><p>- Ecology of birds and vulnerability to extinction</p><p>- Impacts of human activities on ecology</p><p>- Conservation of endangered bird species</p><p>- Technology used by ornithologists</p>
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Astrogeology- Meteorites and Spacecraft Missions

<p>This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at <a href="http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast">http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast</a> This collection focuses on meteorites and related spacecraft missions. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of meteorites as sources of information about our solar system. Geologist Dr. Tim McCoy is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.</p><p><strong>Key Terms:</strong> geology, meteorites, asteroids, minerals, space missions, orbit, solar system history</p><p><strong>Key Concepts:</strong></p><p>- Evidence from meteorites about Earth's formation</p><p>- Characteristics of meteorites, meteors, asteroids</p><p>- Mineral origins of the universe</p><p>- Importance of space missions for astronomy</p><p>- Technology used by meteoriticists</p>
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Smithsonian Science How Webcasts

<p>Welcome to the <em>Smithsonian Science How</em> webcast archives! We're putting Smithsonian experts in every classroom with webcasts aligned with national science standards. These webcasts originally aired live from the Q?rius theater in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Here you can access past programs and related teaching resources. <a href="https://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast/video-archive">https://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast/video...</a></p>
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