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PS2 5 Making a solenoid

Using an electric current to produce a magnetic field.  With thanks to Steve March and Washington International School

Chris Hunt
6
 

PS1 7 Conservation of Mass

Looking at an example that seems to defy the Law of Conservation of Mass--but it doesn't! Explaining what happens at the atomic level.  With thanks to Team Chemistry at Washington International School 

Chris Hunt
13
 

Museum Hopping

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 Smithsonian Museums. 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 see the museums and explore the collections.

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
48
 

PS3 5 Interactions between magnetic and electric fields

Investigating the combination of magnetic and electric fields with the inductive effect, a dynamo,an electric bell and more.  With many thanks to Tony Godwin and Washington International School

Chris Hunt
22
 

PS1 2 Investigating a Chemical Reaction

All the chemistry involved with the intriguing reaction occurring between aluminum and iodine: a synthesis reaction between a metal and a non-metal forming an ionic bond.  Discover more about these elements in the periodic table, their electron configurations (arrangements), and their properties.  With thanks to Margaret Hoeger and Washington International School

Chris Hunt
6
 

Flying Insects

A large collection of objects and images related to flying insects, including ladybugs, dragonflies, bees, butterflies, moths, and fireflies

Katherine Schoonover
63
 

Flights of Fancy Story Time: The Day the Earth Stopped Spinning

This is an original story with illustrations created by the early childhood museum educators at the National Air and Space Museum. #airandspace

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
24
 

Dinosaurs are DINO-mite!

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 dinosaurs. 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 dinosaurs as well as explore PBS EON videos about dinosaurs. Families can learn about these prehistoric animals and consider all the evidence scientists have uncovered. 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
45
 

Let's Make and Play: USA Collage

In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a collage that represents what America means to you. Look at the following Smithsonian resources for inspiration, then complete the activity that follows.

Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of the symbols, icons, and traditions that represent the United States of America. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
17
 

Let's Make and Play: No Place Like Home

In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a model of your home and a three-dimensional map of your neighborhood. Look at the following Smithsonian resources for inspiration, then complete the activity that follows.

Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of location and direction within their neighborhood. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
16
 

No Bones About It: Cephalopods Are Cool!

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 cephalopods. (Squid and Octopus) 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 squids as well as explore OctoCam with live video of the Pacific Octopus tank. Families can watch science videos and read articles about cephalopods. 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
45
 

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
15
 

ISS Tour

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

Sara Schaad
4
 

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
25
 

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
16
 

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
23
 

Following in the footsteps of George Washington Carver: A history and gardening lesson

Learn how George Washington Carver, born an enslaved person, who was stolen from his Missouri home by slave raiders, became one of the world's greatest agricultural researchers and botanists. Carver used his never-ending desire to learn to become one of the greatest minds in the areas of agricultural research and botany. While most may know of his creativeness when it comes to peanut products, he was also philanthropist who used his mind and discoveries to aid those in need.

He spent the last 47 years of his life working at Tuskegee Institute teaching methods of crop rotation, performing research into crop products and taught African American students and farmers farming techniques to increase self-sufficiency. This Learning Lab lesson provides a fun at home experiment that students of all ages can enjoy.

Keywords: STEM, NMAAHC, African American, George Washington Carver, Botany, Agriculture, Tuskegee Institute

National Museum of African American History and Culture
21
 

Beguiling Busy Bees

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 bees. 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 bees as well as explore bee behavior. Families can watch science videos and read articles about bees. 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
26
 

Follow that Bird! A Science and Technology Unit on Tracking Birds

Welcome to Follow That Bird! A Science and Technology Unit on Tracking Birds. The goal of this inquiry-based unit is to teach core middle-school science concepts through student exploration of the tools used by Smithsonian scientists to track birds, the data they collect and how new information is used for conservation.

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
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Catching Some Zs

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 sleeping. 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 listen to kids' podcast about sleeping as well as a video about dreaming. 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
27
 

Pretend Robots

Objectives

  • Learn closely at a variety of fictional and toy robots
  • Compare and contrast a group of fictional and toy robots
  • Develop an understanding that people like to imagine different types of robots
  • Have the opportunity to create their own pretend robot using various household items
  • Think creatively and be inspired to wonder
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Stanley - The Driverless Car

Objectives 

  • Learn that robots need special sensors to help them understand the world around them
  • Discover that we use our senses to help learn more about the world around us
  • Explore our senses
  • Compare our senses to the senses of Stanley the driverless car
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
14
 

Robots that Help

OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn that people make robots to do things to help people 
  • Look closely at a robot that some people have in their house
  • Learn about other types of helping robots 
  • Talk about why robots are made
  • Learn that robots are designed with a purpose 
  • Think about times when it might be helpful to have a robot 
  • Use creativity to design robots
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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