Found 430 Learning Lab Collections
The westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century added millions of acres to our territory. Thomas Jefferson stated "The fertility of the country, its climate and extent, promise in due season important aids to our treasury, an ample provision for our posterity, and a wide-spread field for the blessings of freedom." Today, Americans still heavily depend on many resources and industries in the west.
However, with triumph often comes elements of tragedy. Learn more about the black-footed ferret's brush with extinction through videos, images, and news articles.
Explore this complementary collection of materials for the Smithsonian Science How webcast, Plesiosaurs and other Large Marine Reptiles with Paleobiologist Dr. Laura Soul.
Travel back in time with Paleobiologist Laura Soul to learn about the giant marine reptiles that once ruled the sea, like plesiosaurs. Laura will introduce your students to several related groups of marine reptiles, like pliosaurs and elasmosaurs, exploring their unique features and adaptations for living in marine environments. Laura will also share some of her while research and discoveries about how the body shapes and sizes of these marine reptiles changed over time. Throughout the broadcast, Laura will take questions from your students via text chat and there will be opportunities for students to share what they think using live polls. Join here on April 11 at 11am and 2pm ET:
This collection serves as a preview for the fifth of six seminar sessions in the 2019 Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program. This year's theme is “The Search for an American Identity: Building a Nation Together.”
National Air and Space Museum curator Cathleen Lewis will discuss objects from the Space Race gallery, in particular how spacesuits from the USSR and the United States indicate differing cultural and aesthetic answers to similar engineering challenges.
Resources included in this collection have been recommended by the presenter for participants to explore before the seminar itself.
Grade 4: Rocks and Minerals
Program Description: Students will become real life geologists and museum curators! The Cornerstone experience begins at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with an interactive, hands-on learning experience in Q?rius jr.: a discovery room. While at the museum, students will learn what it means to be a geologist, and closely examine a chosen rock or mineral. Finally, students will have the opportunity to explore the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals. Transferring their learning back to the classroom, these fourth grade geologists will create their very own rock/mineral museum display.
This collection explores the importance and significance of religion, music, representation and art in varying cultures and races. Throughout this collection, not only will we learn about the above topics, but we will also realize the connection that runs between different cultures and the different ways these topics can be seen in each culture.
The Smithsonian and Lenovo want to inspire you to tinker! In this collection, you will learn how to create your very own CUPCAR! Follow steps two through five to create a balloon-powered cupcar, and steps six through eleven to create a motor-powered cupcar.
Some steps have a yellow “paper clip” icon in the top left corner of the browser. Clicking this icon will reveal extra “Pro-Tips” for helping you build your cupcar.
Once your cupcar is moving, get creative! Try different placements of the parts for more efficiency. Decorate the outside with decals and markers. Race it with your friends!
This collection previews the fifth and final seminar of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, The Struggle for Justice. Two National Portrait Gallery staff members will lead this event: David Ward and Briana Zavadil White.
Resources and questions included in this collection have been chosen by the presenters for participants to explore and consider before the seminar itself.
This collection previews the fourth seminar of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, The Social Power of Music. Two staff members from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will lead this event: James Deutsch and Atesh Sonneborn.
Resources and questions included in this collection have been chosen by the presenters for participants to explore and consider before the seminar itself. Two resources, included at the end of the collection, are optional materials for those interested in addtional background information on Smithsonian Folkways.
This collection previews the third seminar of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, American Democracy in the Trump Age. Harry Rubenstein, Curator and Chair of the Division of Political History at the National Museum of American History, will lead this event.
Resources and questions included in this collection have been chosen by the presenter for participants to explore, consider, and answer before the seminar itself.
This collection previews the second seminar of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, The Native American Struggle for Treaty Rights and Tribal Sovereignty. Three National Museum of the American Indian staff members will lead this event: Mark Hirsch, David Penney, and Colleen Call Smith.
Resources included in this collection have been chosen by the presenters for participants to explore before the seminar itself.
This collection previews the first seminar of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, A Journey Through the African American Lens. Five National Museum of African American History and Culture staff members will lead this event: Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Dr. Rex Ellis, Dr. Jacquelyn Serwer, Dr. Michèle Gates Moresi, and Mary Elliott.
Resources and reflection questions included in this collection have been chosen by the presenters for participants to explore, consider, and answer before the seminar itself. Fellows will be asked to discuss their answers to the reflection questions during the seminar.
This collection previews the opening panel of the 2017 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series, Social Justice: America's Unfinished Story of Struggle, Strife, and Sacrifice. Four Smithsonian staff members will speak at this event: Igor Krupnik (Arctic Studies Center, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History), Lanae Spruce (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Ranald Woodaman (Smithsonian Latino Center), and E. Carmen Ramos (Smithsonian American Art Museum).
Each text annotation in this collection contains each speaker's presentation title, description, and bio. Following each text annotation are resources and questions chosen by the presenters for participants to consider before the panel itself.
This collection explores the different textiles, along with their chemical compositions, used in the construction of Apollo-era spacesuits.
This collection explores the rockets NASA used during the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, as well as some novel designs and propellants for use in future rocket systems.
A collection of videos, articles and artifacts related to the chemistry of the Red Planet.
Students will be able to observe the weather and describe what kinds of clothes are appropriate for different kinds of weather. #TWUtech
Students will be able to identify and label the parts of a tree.
*This is a smaller portion of the process of creating an invention.*
Goal: Students will see the importance in how patents and designs are drawn and created before they begin to make their own.
Introduction: Students are shown a picture of a sewing machine, but in the patent form. Have them try to guess what it is. Discuss why detailed drawings are important and how it helps in creating a design for an idea.
Students use the see, think, wonder routine to work with other photos of patents and designs and figure out what they are. Let the students guide the discussion with their ideas and explanations. They can try to back up their opinions with information to explain what they think they are seeing in the pictures. Students will then watch a short film clip to see how inventors got inspired. Then discuss ways they might get inspired and talk about what they do in every day life that they could improve upon. I use this example because it is the easiest for them to wrap their heads around in the beginning.
Wrap up with an "I use to think, but now I think" discussion about how important designs are and being detailed can make a difference in a drawing.
This could take one or two class periods as a short introduction before jumping into a designing project. I've also included the SparkLab's Inventors Notebook as an example of how to walk students through the design/creating process.