How did the growth of railroads impact the economy, politics, and society in the period after the Civil War?
Fun fact: During the 20th century, Westinghouse engineers and scientists were granted more than 28,000 US government patents, the third most of any company (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westinghouse_Electric_Company#cite_note-2009profile-14)
Challenge: use Pintrest to create a board of images that represent today's pop culture.
Astrophotography: Student Activity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
This collection gathers depictions of Santa Claus from ads, paintings, photographs, stamps from 1837 to today. Also, includes analyses of his evolving image from the Smithsonian Magazine and the National Museum of American History blog. How does the description of Santa in the Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" compare with the images that follow? Includes a discussion question extension: How might you revamp Christmas stories to better reflect the time and country that you live in?
Keywords: Saint Nicholas, holidays, poetry
"The World of Your Senses": Parallel Perspectives from Tibetan Buddhism and Western Science on Sensory Perception
"The World of Your Senses" shares parallel perspectives from Tibetan Buddhism and western science on sensory perception. This collection explores the questions: How do we see? How does hearing work? How do we perceive smell? How does taste function? How do we sense touch? In addition, the Buddhist perspective includes a sixth sense... mind consciousness!
"The World of Your Senses" is the result of many years of work growing out of directives from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his long history engaging Western scientists in dialogue. The script, content, and imagery were envisioned by a dedicated and curiosity-filled group of thirty Tibetan Buddhist monastics-in-exile from monasteries and nunneries in India, through the "Science for Monks and Nuns" program. The creation of the physical exhibit, launched in 2010, was supported through a unique collaboration between the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LWTA in Dharamsala, India), the Sager Family Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (SCEMS/SCLDA & OEC/Smithsonian Exhibitions), and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It has since traveled to the United States, Nepal, and Bhutan.
The resource is bi-lingual: English and Tibetan.
Senses Series – Sight in Humans and Animals (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/n2f39XxkfBRJeHPk)
Senses Series – Hearing (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/7EbVTM49NgWiGrzA)
Senses Series – Smell (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/7LjjBHybUk9HE8Wj)
Senses Series – Taste (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/2w7r7PVoAgghiYmL)
Senses Series – Touch (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/oon5rHojeyrEwNEE)
This collection is based Science For Monks, World of Your Senses (2010).
Resource representations as they relate to the Bill of Rights or Civil Liberties are as follows:
1. Bill of Rights
2. Freedom of Religion
3. Freedom of Speech
4. Freedom of the press
5. Right to assemble
6. Have a militia
7. Right to bear arms
8. Soldier's quartering in private homes
9. Illegal search and seizure
10. Right to due process
11. Right not to testify against yourself in court
12. Right to a speedy trial
13. Right to counsel
14. Cruel and unusual punishment
15. Emancipation proclaimation
16. Election of government representation (Congress)
17. Right for all free men including blacks to vote
18. Right of the government to collect taxes
20. Women's right to vote
21. Repeal of prohibition
22. Gay rights
23. American's with Disabilities Act
This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast This collection focuses on the science of mummies. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of how mummies form, both naturally and culturally. Physical and forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunt 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.
This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Key Terms: physical anthropology, archaeology, skeletal remains, mummification, burial practices, decomposition, culture
Skeletal analysis for age, sex, ancestry, and health
Cultural burial practices over time
Chemical process of mummification
Scientific benefits of studying mummies
Technology used by physical anthropologists
The birth of aeronautical engineering began in the Wright brothers' bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. The family tree of airplanes can be traced back to the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer. The principles of flight that got the Wrights into the air are the same today. Join STEM in 30 as we investigate the principles of flight and how the Wright Flyer made it into the air and into the history books.
December 14, 2016
Resources in this Collection includes paintings, photographs, text-based sources, and a video depicting children working in a variety of industries across America.
This is a Collection of resources including images, videos, text, online exhibits, and a lesson plan that support Lewis and Clark's expedition across American in the early 1800s.
This collection traces innovation in various types of tools over time. Approach in small groups or as a classroom to have students explore the essential questions: What makes something innovative? How do you define innovation?
Supporting questions and activity implementation ideas are located under this collection's Information (i) button. This activity works equally well online or using printed flashcards (see the resource tile).
Keywords: invention, flash cards, conceptual understanding
This teacher's guide explores how myths transcend time and place through three modern paintings by African American artists, who reinterpret Ancient Greek myth to comment on the human experience. Collection includes three paintings and a lesson plan published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which includes background information on myths and artists, as well as activity ideas. Also includes a video about the artist Romare Bearden and his series 'Black Odyssey.' The video details his artistic process, the significance of storytelling in his art, and the lasting importance of 'Black Odyssey.'
Can you guess where each instrument came from, what period in time it's from, who used it, and what family of instruments it belongs to?