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Good Thinking! Smithsonian STEM PD

Smithsonian Science Good Thinking!Anywhere, anytime STEM professional development. That’s the idea behind The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s new web series, Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science, whose free animated videos identify common misconceptions, explore the science of how humans learn, and provide instructional techniques for effectively conveying scientific principles.

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Website: Smithsonian Education Resources

si_home_ci_treeThe online Smithsonian Education page is a gateway to the institutions educational resources and materials, with offerings for teachers, students, and families. The Teachers’ section offers lesson plans, resources, and information on field trips and professional development, as well the opportunity to subscribe to Smithsonian in Your Classroom, a journal for elementary and middle school educators.

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Webcast: “Live with the Land.” Nov. 16, 2010

Live with the Land“Live with the Land” marks the first of a series of live, online conferences from the Smithsonian Institution. Each webinar, appropriate for teachers and students, provides lively, informative exchanges with experts in science, history, and the arts and people everywhere in the world. Presentations include visuals such as artworks and photographs, maps and graphics, and video clips — all archived for replay any time. Date: November 16, 2010. Register online.

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Website: Science at the Smithsonian

jo_largeScience at the Smithsonian highlights scientific research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, allowing the public to gain a sense of the critical role of science in the daily life of the Institution. The site offers weekly updated news, features, photos. and videos. Check out the “Science Spotlight,” book review page, archived material, and links to science-related websites at the Smithsonian.

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Exhibit: Visions of Solar System, Smithsonian Air and Space


The exhibit “Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System” at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum features the work of Michael Benson, who searched the archives of NASA and other planetary databases for extraordinary images of objects in our Solar System. Benson presents what our eyes might see if we could visit these spectacular places ourselves. Combining art, science, photography, and exploration, Beyond presents a visual tour of these diverse landscapes. It is the first large-scale retrospective look at the legacy of robotic spacecraft over the last 50 years.

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Website: Smithsonian’s Astronomy for Kids

m81_featureEyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground is a Website supported by the Smithsonian Institution’s Astrophysical Observatory that offers online astronomy activities for students in grades 2-6. Included are six online “chapters” that use astronomy as a classroom tool for learning how to theorize, experiment, and analyze data. The illustrated activities contain detailed, step-by-step instructions, as well as suggested discussion topics.

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Online Exhibit: Why Design Now? Cooper-Hewitt, NYC

Solar WindowInspire the inventors, innovators, and designers in your class with a look at the Why Design Now exhibit at New York City’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum — online or in person. See what progressive designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and citizens are doing in diverse fields and at different scales around the world. Included are practical solutions, as well as experimental ideas. Each creation — from a soil-powered table lamp to a post-petroleum urban utopia — celebrates the transformative power of design.

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Event: A Visit to Mars, August 4, 2010. Washington, DC

Mars PackingAuthor Mary Roach speaks at an evening lecture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. on Wed., Aug. 4, to discuss her new book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. She describes how astronauts prepare for and endure their trips to space, what happens when you don’t walk on the ground for a year, and the overall experience of space simulations. Cost: $25 Gen. Admission, $15 Member. Program Ended.

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Event: Mars Day at the Smithsonian. July 16, Washington DC

mars_amazonisCome discover what all of the hype and interest lately has been about the planet Mars. Delve deep into the mysteries of our close neighbor with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s popular, educational and interactive summer event, “Mars Day!” on Friday, July 16 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. No new info on a 2011 event.

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