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Faces of the Civil Rights movement

Images and symbols of the individuals who pioneered the art of organization in the face of injustice. This collection depicts those who engaged in the struggle for racial equality throughout the Civil Rights movement and the 20th Century 

Danny Rivas

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

STEAM Learning: Beauty and Truth in Science and Art

Overview: Within the new realm of STEAM learning, students explore transdisciplinary themes connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in new ways, finding similarities and differences.  The overall goal of STEAM learning is to link the subjects for 21st century career paths.

Use this lesson as a provocation to a unit on planet Earth, our solar system, and/or space and the human interaction within those topics. This will get students thinking about how we translate the world around us and motivate them to dig deep when researching.

Use the thinking routine: Beauty and Truth for an engaging discussion with students. The discussions will help you assess students’ prior knowledge of space, Earth, and our solar system.

Purpose:  In this lesson students explore their knowledge of science and art. Students are asked to make connections with the two as they use a Project Zero thinking routine: Beauty and Truth. This lesson can be adapted to students Grades 5-12 to work collaboratively and enhance their communication skills within the regular classrooms or Design Thinking and Maker Space learning workshops when available.

History connections: This collection offers a historical perspective of the synergistic role of art and sciences for innovations used for human exploration both on Earth and in space. The images and artifacts have been selected to capture science and art from the early 20th century to current times.

Directions: In order to allow student led learning, model the activity (described below), then allow the students to explore the activity. The very last resource in the collection is a video entitled “Heaven and Earth”. Use this as a tool for a reflection discussion in the beginning and end of your lesson. Please feel free to modify the lesson. Note that it is imperative to discuss Science and Art before and after the lesson to show the growth of understanding from beginning to end. 

Teacher will demonstrate a sample first: Choose two images (Art and Science): one that you think best demonstrates concepts in science that you are interested in and one that best demonstrates art concepts that you are interested in. This is very personal and based on prior knowledge. Please explore the artifact by exploring the tabs that display more information about the piece. 

The teacher demonstrates the thinking routine to analyze the images: Beauty and Truth. Document both beauty and truth evidence for each image. Compare the list and see if there are similarities. Then the students pair up to do the same: choose two images and explore Beauty and Truth for each image. Have them chart using 4 squares to get the beauty and truth observations for each of the two images. After, share out their findings and have a reflection discussion for any similarities amongst students. The main goal is to have the students realize on their own that science and art overlap in many ways, and that beauty and truth can be extracted from each. 

This should lead some rich discussions.

Learning Integrations:

  • Literacy: Have the students write a persuasive paragraph that promotes either the images as more beauty or truth with multiple reasons why and concrete examples to demonstrate.
  • Science: Have the students research more about the science they observed. You can even combine literacy by having them complete a technical article where they place themselves within that time period of the scientific discovery and write a “Breaking News” article telling the general public about the amazing new science discovery.
  • History: Create a timeline for 5-10 images. Discuss the progression of discovery and innovation. Discuss the impact on society and humans.

Learning Extensions:

  • Use design thinking to extend the learning. Pretend there will be a circus coming to town that gets everyone excited about STEAM. Use graphic design tools to combine both images and create a promotional poster.
  • Create a model or diorama of the scientific discovery.

Let the learning take you on an STEAM adventure.

Enjoy this lesson!

Ages: Grades 5-12, scope per ability

Learning objectives:

  • Students understand the similarities and differences of science and art.
  • Students learn historic scientific discoveries.
  • NGSS - Use these objectives after using this lesson as a provocation to learn about our Earth, the Universe, and the solar system. Sample science units can include the following learning standards:
    • MS-ESS1-2 Earth's Place in the Universe

    • Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.  Grade: Middle School (6-8)
    • HS-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe

    • Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.  Grade: High School (9-12)
    • HS-ESS1-2 Earth's Place in the Universe

    • Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe.  Grade: High School (9-12)

Cultural Connections - Global Perspectives

  • Investigating the world: With prompting and support, I can ask a question about an idea that is important to my community.
  • Recognizing perspectives: With prompting and support, I can identify when someone else has an idea that is different from my own.
  • Communicate Ideas: I can speak and write to share my ideas with others. This means with help I can look at my audience, speak loudly and clearly, and share my ideas so that my audience can understand them.

#GoGlobal #STEAM #STEM #designthinking #makeractivity

Sandra Vilevac


This collection is about the moon, a little brother of the earth, reflecting the light from the sun and lighting up the night.

Mark Wang

Sustainable by Design

Students identify needs in their community and design a building to fit that need using Agency by Design framework and protocols. Designed for a collaborative unit with Environmental Science and Sculpture High School students.

Ashley Beck

The Evolution of Music Technology

The theme of this collection is music and technology and specifically the evolution of music technology. This collection will address the different ways in which popular music in America has been dispersed/listened to over the course of time. This collection will include images, videos and audio. 


Amanda Leslie

Critical Listening of Country Music- The Evolution of Popular Country Music

The purpose of this collection is to analyze and appreciate the evolution of American country music, starting pre-1950 up to the modern day. Included are mostly audio links/videos and lyric videos with written information to guide your listening. There are a few links to articles that go more in depth about some specific artists and songs. In addition, there are links to lyrics and images of the artists to help guide the listening, analyze the words to the music, and put a face to the song.  


Article/Text References:

Adams, N. (2000, April 24). 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from  

Hemphill, P. (2015). The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from

Starr, L. and Christopher Waterman. American Popular Music. 5th edition

Content References:

Adams, N. (2000, April 24). 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from

H. H., H. C., & Cline, P. (2007, October 3). Patsy Cline- I Fall To Pieces [Audio Video (youtube)].

King, P., & Stewart, R. (2015, July 23). Patti Page- Tennessee Waltz [Audio Video (youtube)].

Miller, J. D., & Wells, K. (2010, June 12). Kitty Wells- It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels [Video (youtube)]. The Original Sound of Country 1952.

Williams, H. (2009, December 24). Hank Williams- Cold Cold Heart [Audio Video (youtube)]. Mercury Records.

Mackenna Ward

Hip-Hop Origins: East Coast VS West Coast

As the new generation rave about the consistency of Drake and the unique style of the Migos, and certainly the lyrical prowess of Kendrick Lamar, it is important to dive back into the rich history of Hip-Hop and learn from the originators. This collection is utilizing the American Popular Music Theme Centers and Peripheries to show the foundation of Hip-Hop build what became the East Coast. As we all know, Hip-Hop is a competitive genre, represented by lyricist who will do anything to hold the #1 spot. Due to the overwhelming influence of the East Coast RAP, a gritty, violent, lyrical style infused with street gang life gave birth to gangsta rap in Cali and better known as the West Coast RAP. Viewers will enjoy the origins, the East Coast and West Coast Rappers, and the greatest battle of all time. 


Streaming's Impact on Artist Revenues

As streaming as become the most popular mode for listening, artists have had to adjust to smaller earnings per listening. This collection looks at the shift from physical and "purchased" downloads to streaming subscriptions. The collection evaluates how artists are compensated compared to other listening platforms. 

hanna rogers

Rock Music & Its Influence on Identity

This collection puts together different resources that portray the impact rock music had on society. Rock music influenced the lives of the youth through lyrics, image, and performance. This teen-oriented music was written about women, sex, and social reform. The influence from artists and their songs caused the youth to change not only their values, morals, or what was sexually appropriate, but also even their style. The phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" didn't come from nothing. #MUS109-2019

Michaela Peck

Streaming In Today's Society

This collection will address the ever evolving streaming in the music industry.  Exploring the different platforms for streaming, why they are so popular, and the multiple versions of each platform.  There will be videos, pictures, and some articles explaining the power and influence these platforms have. 


Amy Leach

Rap in the Context of Music and Identity

This collection will examine a brief history of rap what role identity plays in the music. In the context of this project identity means gender, race, culture, and upbringing. The theme within American popular music I have explored is music and identity. This collection contains images and audio clips to help convey my findings. I recommend a high school audience or older for viewing this collection.


Katherine Crawford

Cotton Boll Lesson

A set of resources to implement the cotton boll activity presented in the Smithsonian's Let's Do History Tour along with related Alabama primary sources.



how's world in 1905 looks like
jackie li


impressionism paintings

jackie li

War of 1812/Creek Wars


Black Panther Movie Collection

The Visual arts can be  an entry point to literacy in the classroom.   Use these objects in the collection of the National Museum of African Art to aid  students to explore authentic African art works that inspired the Academy Award winning costume design of Ruth Carter in the blockbuster movie Black Panther.    Students can develop visual vocabulary through close looking to describe mood, tone, atmosphere, and inference and explore cross-curricular and cross cultural connections.  It allows them to really be creative and  critical thinkers! 

Alice Bonilha


Deborah Stokes


Put the ARTS in STEM - From Egypt to South Africa, take a brief tour of the African Cosmos  and have your students discover the intersection of Art and Astronomy in the southern hemisphere.   Explore constellations only seen on the African continent.  See why the Goliath beetle became a symbol of rebirth for the Egyptian scarab.  Learn about celestial navigation by people and animals. 

Create Your Own Constellation!  Request Activity sheets for your classroom.

Submit your class constellations to our Student Gallery and be a part of your own school's online exhibition!

Deborah Stokes

Black Panther Movie Collection

The Visual arts can be  an entry point to literacy in the classroom.   Use these objects in the collection of the National Museum of African Art to aid  students to explore authentic African art works that inspired the Academy Award winning costume design of Ruth Carter in the blockbuster movie Black Panther.    Students can develop visual vocabulary through close looking to describe mood, tone, atmosphere, and inference and explore cross-curricular and cross cultural connections.  It allows them to really be creative and  critical thinkers!  

Deborah Stokes

Transitional Justice around the World

Images and symbols of countries that can be considered subjects for the study of transitional justice. Transitional justice relates to justice methods used to approach societies scarred by major human rights violations.

Danny Rivas

Virginia History Tour

From Jamestown to the present, explore some of the people, places and events that tell the story of the history of Virginia. 

( Curated to support Virginia Standards of Learning for the  Virginia Studies course.)

Nancy Butler

Curating Digital Museum Resources for the Classroom (Texas ASCD Ignite 19 Conference Session)

This collection includes digital museum resources and replicable activities that will serve as a springboard for discussion during the presentation. The collection models how digital museum resources can be leveraged to support critical thinking and deeper learning for high school Ethnic Studies curricula. The collection can be copied and adapted for use in your own classroom. 

Curating Digital Museum Resources for the Classroom 

Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Ignite 19 Conference: Transforming Curriculum with Technology (June 2019)

Smithsonian educators are initiating a collaborative education program with Texas curriculum developers and local museums to develop instructional materials relevant to K-12 Humanities and Ethnic Studies. The Smithsonian Learning Lab platform allows users to create and share locally relevant digital resources both in classrooms and with a growing network of educators across the country. Learn more about how you can leverage digital resources from the Smithsonian and your local museums for increased access and impact.

This collection was co-created with Ashley Naranjo.  This program received Federal support from the Latino and Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pools, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.


Philippa Rappoport
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