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The Crusades of the Middle Ages

This collection includes resources for teachers looking for materials related to the Crusades. Students can gain insight into the weapons and nature of fighting in the Crusades by investigating the images included as well as the video on bows, while the essays and map will provide ample background information. Finally, a lesson plan from the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum explains how to design a marshmallow catapult or trebuchet!
Kate Harris

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

The Chronicles of Goldie and Ollie



Valeria Suarez

The Chemistry of Spacesuit Materials

This collection explores the different textiles, along with their chemical compositions, used in the construction of Apollo-era spacesuits.


Virginia Miller

The Body in Space

Examining Evidence: What happens to the body in space? Students will analyze data about what has happened to astronauts’ bodies during their time in micro-gravity and their return to Earth. These changes are categorized into four sets: Staying Strong, Getting Oriented, Sleeping, and Fluid Shift. 

NASA is preparing to send humans to explore Mars. But if we want to go to another planet to do science, first we have to learn how to avoid the health problems that sometimes affect humans in space.
In this lesson, students will:
  • Investigate evidence about how an astronaut's body changed in space
  • Identify the health-related challenges that astronauts face away from our planet
  • Examine objects that astronauts have used in space to learn about the health issues and to stay healthy
  • Design technology to help lessen the effects of one of the health problems.

Keyword: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, life science, orientation, living and working in space

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian

The Biology of Long Term Spaceflight

Since the first humans launched into space in 1961, there have been questions about how the human body would react to being beyond Earth's atmosphere. While most of the basic questions have been answered, many remain, and are the basis for continued research on the International Space Station. Finding answers to these questions is an important step toward sending humans to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore this research and the impact of long-term space travel on the human body.

January 25, 2017

National Air and Space Museum


African textiles have long served as communicative notations and expressions of identity.  An extraordinary array of weaving and dyeing fashioned into textiles  transforms into works of art.  Embedded in various textiles are symbolic patterns of rank and status, color codes, and embroidered symbols.  New forms are being added by the current digital generation through the vast fabric of data, information, and rapid communication systems.  We see contemporary cloth printed with cellphones, computers, and other devices making modern visual statements! 

Deborah Stokes

The Airplane's Family Tree: From the Wright Brothers to Today

Did you know that the parts of airplanes today can be traced directly back to the Wright Flyer and the work of Orville and Wilbur Wright? Join STEM in 30 as we trace the family tree of the airplane from that first flight on December 17, 1903, to today.

December 13, 2017

National Air and Space Museum

Technology: Unstacked

UNSTACKED is a wonderful way to spark inquiry, analysis, and discussion. By visually exploring our images, you can bring the Smithsonian Libraries' collections into your classroom. Use UNSTACKED as a morning exercise, a way to introduce a new topic, or to discover your students' interests. Picture your world, dive into the stacks! 

The research and creation of this project was funded by the Gates Foundation Youth Access Grant.

Smithsonian Libraries

Teacher of the Year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

The Follow that Bird! Unit is a science and technology based curriculum that will also involve mathematics, reading and writing. Students will explore and investigate the latest in tracking data collected by Smithsonian scientists to better understand and protect migratory birds. 

In this collection you can also take a dive into the other animals Smithsonian scientists are tracking and how! 

This collection was created for the National Teacher of the Year Program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers held on April 30, 2018. #NTOY18

Stefanie Angles

Tale of a Whale and Why It Can Be Told

Multi-step lesson in which students do the work of scientists who study the endangered North Atlantic right whale. They compare photos to identify an individual whale and use a record of sighting to track this whale’s movements along the eastern seaboard.
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Taking the Fast Lane to Orbit: The Technology of Rockets and Race Cars

Many of the technologies used in NASCAR are the same as those used in space travel, and many of the forces that keep a plane in the air also keep a racecar on the road. Join us as we broadcast STEM in 30 live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina and look at the crossover between these forces and technologies.

February 22, 2017

National Air and Space Museum

Subject: Portraits of Photographers


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection depicting self-portraits and portraits of named photographers. 

Note: This collection will expand as images come online and as staff add to the Photographic History Collection.

See the Learning Lab Collection, Charles Rushton for his portraits of photographers in the American southwest in the 1980s. See Learning Lab collection Photographers at Work for ephemera and additional photographers; see also People with Cameras (not yet published).

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Some of these photograph may be copyrighted.

Keywords: photographer, camera, portrait, self-portriat, daguerreotype, two-color Kodachrome, gum bichromate, platinum print, photogravure, gelatin silver print, studio portriature, environmental portraiture, fine art photography, photojournalist

Portraits of photographers included in this Learning Lab collections are:

  • Annie Appel
  • Eugene Atget
  • Richard Avedon
  • Thomas Barrow
  • J. Ross Baughman
  • Bobbe Besold
  • Anne Brigman
  • Mathew Brady
  • Cathy Maier Callahan
  • Manuel Carillo
  • Van Deren Coke
  • Will Connell
  • Imogen Cunningham
  • James Cutting
  • Jacques Louis Mande Daguerre
  • F. Holland Day
  • Robert Demarche
  • Baron De Meyer
  • David Douglas Duncan
  • George Eastman
  • Elliot Erwit
  • Henry Fitz, Jr
  • Miguel Gander
  • Betty Hahn
  • George Harris
  • Henry Horenstein
  • Walter J. Hussey
  • Gertrude Kasebier
  • Victor Keppler
  • Sally Mann
  • Bruce McKaig
  • Pirie MacDonald
  • Mr. Mooney
  • Samuel F.B. Morse
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Carl Mydans
  • Patrick Nagatani
  • Beaumont Newhall
  • Arnold Newman
  • Phillippe Halsman
  • Ken Regan
  • Henry Peach Robinson
  • Meridel Rubenstein
  • Kosti Ruohomaa
  • Erich Salomon
  • Thomas Smillie
  • Edward Steichen
  • Alfred Stieglitz
  • Paul Strand
  • William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Steve Yates
  • George Kendall Warren
  • Edward Weston
  • Clarence White
  • Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Roy Zalesky

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Night


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to the night, made at night, night shift workers, and photographs made with experimental light at night.

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Keywords: moon, dark, lights, nighttime, sky, night shift, flashlight, fire light, camp fire

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Healthcare


This collection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to the topic of medicine and healthcare covers a wide range of medical and healthcare relate topics. The photographs were created in a variety of formats and process with a range of styles, genres, and intended use, including entertainment.

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Keywords (healthcare): nurses, doctors, dentist, medical care professional, hospital, sanatoriums, clinics, first aid, mental health, surgery, x-rays, ambulance, cast, crutches, wheelchair, vaccination, immunization, diseases, fundraising, nursing home, child birth, surgery, patients, alternate medicine, epidemic

Keywords (photography): portraiture, photo journalism, documentary photography, snapshot photography, real photo postcards, motion pictures, albums, fine art photography, press prints, stereoviews, stereograph

The Lauren Greenfield collection in Learning Lab features her photographs related women's weight, mental health, and psychological challenges. The J. Ross Baughman collection in Learning Lab features photographs related to his series Beautified which includes photographs of breast surgery, eyelid surgery, and other medical procedures. The Photographic History Collection also has images of breastfeeding. 

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Fish and Fishing


This is an assortment of photographs related to fish and fishing from the Photographic History Collection.

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Keywords: fish, fishing, fisherman, fishermen, fisherwoman, fisherwomen, fishing pole, seine net, fishing net, seining, crabbing, lobster, salmon, trout, recreational fishing, commercial fishing, competitive fishing, catch of the day, seafood, industrial fishing, canning fish, fish canning factory, fish pond, preservation, hunting, fish wives, eating fish, amateur fishing

Keywords: humor, real photo postcard, exaggeration postcard, fine art photography, documentary photography, photo journalism, Pictorialism, snapshot photography, photo manipulation

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Firefighting


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to firefighting and firefighters.

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Keywords: fire, firefighter, firefighting, fireman, firemen, rescue, first responder, parade, helmet, safety gear,  public safety, hero, fire house, fire wagon, fire truck, September 11, 2001, 9/11, Ground Zero, World Trade Center, tragedy, house fire, fire investigation

Keywords (photography): press print, daguerreotype, ambrotype, real photo postcard, chromogenic print, color photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Farm Animals


This is an assortment of photographs depicting farm animals from the Photographic History Collection.

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Keywords: farm animals, herd, flock, oxen, steer, cow, horse, pig, chicken, duck, donkey, sheep, ranch, farmyard, dairy farm, chicken coop, dovecote, plowing, farming

Keywords: real photo postcard, documentary photography, press photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Eateries


This is a sampling of photographs related to dining out from the Photographic History Collection.

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Keywords: restaurant, cafe, bar, dining room, diner, waiter, waitress, serving staff, hostess, ice cream shop, burger joint, pizza joint, pizzeria, food court, cafeteria, food hall, drive-through, fast food, coffee shop, saloon, canteen, chop house, grill, lunch room, watering hole, inn, dive, drive in, donut house, greasy spoon, hamburger stand, luncheonette, night club, soda fountain, deli, bistro, automat, tea house, beer garden, biergarten

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Disaster, Tragedy, and Crisis


This is an assortment of photographs related to disasters and crisis from the Photographic History Collection.

Not included in this collection are war photography or September 11, 2001. See Learning Lab collection September 11, 2001 for photographs from that historical event. The Learning Lab collection, Firefighting contains many more stereoview/stereograph images of the Great Boston Fire.

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Keywords: disaster, tragedy, crisis, refugee, flood, fire, famine, freeze, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, car crash, airplane crash, windstorm, dam break, ship wreck, earthquake, ice pack, typhoon, tsunami

Keywords (photography): press print, photojournalism, current events, real photo postcard

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Stupendous Stelfox - a collection of his Hymenoptera field books & their transcriptions

The hymenoptera field books of Arthur Wilson Stelfox and links to their transcriptions completed in the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

Siobhan Leachman

Student Version of Prehistoric Climate Change and Why It Matters Today

In a lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students do the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rising carbon dioxide and rapid global warming during the Eocene epoch. By examining fossils of tree leaves, and then incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, they are able to tell average annual temperatures 55 million years ago. Really!

Click the PDF icons to download the issue and additional materials.

Darlene Smith
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