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The Corona's Cooling Power

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the first museum on the National Mall to be recognized as a LEED Gold building due to its construction using renewable energy sources and locally-sourced building materials. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifications are granted to buildings and other structures  that meet global standards in areas such as water use, energy efficiency, and use of sustainable materials. To minimize energy use, the architects and engineers designed the building to allow lots of natural light inside of the museum. The Corona, the ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice that covers the museum like a crown covers a head, helps to keep the museum cool by allowing some sunlight inside, but by blocking the rest. As a result, the museum uses less electricity for lights and air conditioning. 

But how does it work? Have your students complete the following experiment to find out!

Keywords: NMAAHC, STEM, Corona, Energy, Heat, Temperature, Light

National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska (https://learninglab.si.edu/org/sasc-ak)

Alaska Native heritage is woven from the beliefs, values, knowledge and arts of the Iñupiaq, Athabascan, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Yup'ik, Unangax̂, Sugpiaq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples. Their diverse languages, cultures and histories are the foundation for contemporary lives. 

We invite teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners to explore Alaska Native cultures, museum objects, communities, videos and educational resources shared here. Learn about the peoples of this northern world from elders, culture-bearers, scholars and artists: https://learninglab.si.edu/org/sasc-ak.

About Us: In 1994, the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center (ASC) opened an office in Alaska at the Anchorage Museum, where staff members work with Alaska Natives on collaborative research and educational programs. In 2010, ASC opened the long-term exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska. It presents Indigenous voices, perspectives and knowledge through more than 600 masterworks of Alaska Native art and design from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian collections. Through their ongoing work, the ASC makes Smithsonian resources accessible to Alaska Natives and the general public.

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska
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#ColorOurCollections at the National Portrait Gallery

This Learning Lab collection has been created to encourage learners of all ages to #ColorOurCollections and engage with our portraits! Each coloring page is followed by the portrait in our collection that the coloring page is based on. We invite you to compare and contrast your creation with our collections! What might you add to your portrait? What colors would you use? What choices did you make that were the same as  the choices the original artist made? What choices did you make that were different?

#NPGteach #myNPG

Ashley M. Paxton
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Antique and Vintage Fastener Collection

The Scaglione Antique and Vintage Office Museum

This collection features  paper fasteners manufactured between the years 1889 and 1955. It is one of the the most complete collections of antique and vintage paper fasteners in the world. It is interesting to note that some of the machines in this collection have not been seen in years. 

Paper fasteners have been around since the early 1850’s therefore, we have a great selection of antique and vintage machines for review and examination. The development of fasteners really took off in the early 1900’s and improvements followed. Many machines produced today are based on designs dating the early 1930's.

Today, we refer to this office machine as a stapler. But early paper fasteners included the Eyelet machine and pin fasteners.

Even now, some examples are proving to be more desirable to collectors and are harder to find. 

When examining the early machines, it is easy to see these machines are historic. They were developed and manufactured during the mechanical revolution, Simple in design yet dependable.  These  19th century and early 20th century designs are what you would expect of the era and this is where the concept of paper fasteners began. 


Curtis Scaglione
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Young Portrait Explorers: Belva Ann Lockwood

Learning Objective: Learn about Belva Lockwood’s contribution to American history.

Keywords: Belva Ann Lockwood, Young Portrait Explorers, Suffrage, Famous Women, American Women, Diploma, Lawyer, Graduation, Votes for Women, Supreme Court

#NPGteach

Nicole Vance
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ISS Tour

Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams gives tour of the International Space Station. Four YouTube videos.

Sara Schaad
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Design It Yourself: Design a Park

Follow along to design a park inspired by 2017 National Design Award Winner for Landscape Architecture, Surfacedesign.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Design It Yourself: Design a School

Follow along to design a school inspired by 2017 National Design Award Winner for Architecture Design, Mass Design Group.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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My Life During Quarantine

Hi, my name is Grace Gross. I am a sixteen-year-old American high school student who is still managing to figure out what to do during this worldwide pandemic.

Grace Gross
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MAKE IT: Repeat to Infinity

Can you paint a dot? Now, can you paint a million dots? Create a painting inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s use of seemingly infinite dots. 

We want to see your creations! Share on social media @hirshhorn with #HirshhornInsideOut.

Time: 30–45 minutes | Skill Level: Intermediate | Topic: Repetition


About HIRSHHORN KIDS at home

Want to be creative at home? Bring the joy of HIRSHHORN KIDS into your home with unique hands-on projects inspired by the artists in our collection. Projects are designed to keep kids of all ages engaged and interested in exploring art and making. New projects are released every week at HIRSHHORN KIDS at home and here on the Learning Lab.


HirshhornKidsAtHome
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Skateboarding: To Shred or Not To Shred

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring skateboarding. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a video about skateboarding as well as a video about making a modified skateboard. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
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Subject: LGBTQ

#nmahphc

This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to LGBTQ interests.

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, activism, march, gay rights, advocate, NOW, marriage equality, family, love, dress, identity, performance, legal rights, performance, entertainment, photojournalism, documentary photography, AIDS/HIV, memorial, vigil

Artists and authors who identify(ied) as bisexual, gay, or lesbian included in this Learning Lab collection:

  • Rosa Bonheur
  • F. Holland Day
  • Frida Kahlo


NMAH Photographic History Collection
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Hall Rees Davis submarine escape helmet

The Hall Rees submarine escape helmet was invented to meet the needs of early 20th century submarine warfare. It was used by the Royal Navy from 1910 until 1927 and was superseded by the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus (DSEA). 

the_diving_museum
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K 1 Fiancé(e) Visa Process Digital Story

#SmithStories 

Crista Melendez
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Easy PZ: Building a Culture of Thinking with Museums

Each Easy PZ collection includes an artwork or museum object and a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use it to develop students' skills with a Harvard Project Zero thinking routine. Supplementary resources provide context relevant to understanding the featured artwork or object.

This collection includes reflections from museum educators on how (and why) to facilitate Project Zero Thinking Routines that encourage learners to engage in the type of thinking or core understanding you are targeting.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Coral Reefs and Climate Change

In this activity, you'll explore the vibrant world of coral reefs through videos, an online game, and hands-on activities. You'll learn about what coral is, how groups of them can grow into a reef, and what threats they face with climate changing the ocean temperatures. You'll also meet Smithsonian experts in the field, using cutting-edge technology to combat climate change.  

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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The Path to the Diving Helmet

Some inventions are said to be ahead of their time, and some behind their time; but most inventions arise as a result of present needs, or as a result of a new development that enables an existing idea to be produced.

Think of the example of space travel.  Space travel wasn’t possible in the 1930s because the rocketry technology wasn’t available — that was only developed during the Second World War. So it was with the diving helmet; everybody knew what they wanted to do, but they couldn’t make it work until the materials and technology became available.

Key words: Diving, diving helmet, Deane helmet, James helmet, Halley helmet, diving hoses, diving pumps, Diving Museum, Gosport, England.

the_diving_museum
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#ColorOurCollections at the National Portrait Gallery

This Learning Lab collection has been created to encourage learners of all ages to #ColorOurCollections and engage with our portraits! Each coloring page is followed by the portrait in our collection that the coloring page is based on. We invite you to compare and contrast your creation with our collections! What might you add to your portrait? What colors would you use? What choices did you make that were the same as  the choices the original artist made? What choices did you make that were different?

#NPGteach #myNPG

Melissa Sorrells
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Future Self Portrait Project

@NPGteach

Both a reflective and goal-setting project, the unit culminates in the creation of a future self-portrait. 

In line with college and career readiness, students reflect on goals and dreams for the future. They combine those with a vision--a portrait--of what they will be in 10 years. They will also create an understanding of specific steps that must be taken in order to turn the vision into reality. 

During the 2018-19 school year, stakeholders involved in Andover Public Schools (USD 385) gathered for a series of discussions about what they expect our students to know and who we want them to become by the time they leave our schools with diplomas. This developed into our Portrait of a Graduate, our district’s vision for our students. If your school doesn't have this kind of "portrait", you might add an additional step where students create their own Portrait of a Graduate. 

I use this project at the end of the year after we have practiced journal writing, reflection on academic endeavors, college and career readiness activities, etc. It allows them to dream of the future in a fun and creative way while gaining a broader understanding of how other express themselves, too. 

On the final thumbnail,  I have included the instructions I used for this unit during distance learning in the Spring of 2020. 

Deborah Eades
12
 

Hot Air Balloons

OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the differences between the positions up and down
  • Imagine what it would look like to float high in the sky
  • Identify the parts of a hot air balloon—basket and envelope 
  • Experiment with hot air balloon design
  • Be inspired to create own fabric design
  • Discover that the flame heats the air causing the balloon to float up

Meredith Osborne
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MAKE IT: Coffee Filter Sculpture

In this HIRSHHORN KIDS at home project, you will transform a flat coffee filter into a sculptural work of art inspired by artist Sam Gilliam. All you need is a coffee filter, some markers, and a spray bottle or cup of water. 

time: 30–40 minutes | skill level: beginner | topic: 2D to 3D transformation 


About HIRSHHORN KIDS at home

Want to be creative at home? Bring the joy of HIRSHHORN KIDS into your home with unique hands-on projects inspired by the artists in our collection. Projects are designed to keep kids of all ages engaged and interested in exploring art and making. New projects are released every week at [add landing page] and here on the Learning Lab.


HirshhornKidsAtHome
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Picasso vs. Matisse

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about cubism. Families can explore a Make It Collection from the Hirshhorn. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) met in 1906 and for more than half a century followed each other’s creative developments and achievements.

Ellen Rogers
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Dramatic Play Pirate

Objectives:

  • Be exposed to pirate motifs (eye patch, parrot, jolly roger flag) 
  • Learn that pirate sail ships    
  • Talk about ideas of fair and unfair, hero and wrongdoers 
  • Learn about Anne Bonny and Mary Read two famous women pirates 
  • Explore through play fair and unfair and hero and wrongdoers
Meredith Osborne
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