Smithsonian Science HowBring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How!
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Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts with Smithsonian Science How, a weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, this series will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout.
Thematically aligned with NMNH Digital School Programs
, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar will be aligned with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience.
Optimized for students in Grades 3-5, but open to everyone
Scientists take your questions
45 minutes long, followed by an extended Q&A for 15 minutes
Aligned with national science standards
Aligned with the museum’s Digital School Programs
Here is what we have planned so far for the 2021-2022 school year. There are more programs to come; we will publish the details once they have been set.
Paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner working at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Image by Kris Kovarovic.
Join paleoanthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner for a virtual field trip to her field site in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. She’ll share images from this active field site to walk students through what kind of evidence her team is looking for and how it’s discovered, introduce the students to the team of experts that make discoveries possible, and illustrate what it’s like to live, sleep, and eat while doing field work.
Dr. Pobiner studies the evolution of human diets. Her field work in Ol Pejeta Conservancy helps her team discover evidence that scientists study to reveal how bones can help them reconstruct ancient habitats and what predators were active in those habitats.
This program complements the Human Origins digital school program
for students in grades 6-12 by revealing what human origins field work entails, how scientists work in the field, and what they do on a daily basis.
The primary goals of this webinar are to help students find value in studying the natural world, build their interest and personal connections to science, and learn about science careers. Specifically, as a result of this program, students will be able to:
Recall why Briana does field work
List at least two types of evidence that Briana and her team are looking for
Recall how the team looks for evidence and what they do when they find it
Discuss how teamwork and community is essential for successful field research and future discoveries
Summarize in their own words the team’s experience living, eating, and sleeping at the Ol Pejeta field site
The webinar will be approximately 45 minutes with interactive polls and Q&A, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
This program will be presented via Zoom video webinar. A link to join the webinar will be emailed to registrants and published on this page before the program. Register
Stephanie Bush, left, and the "adorabilis" or flapjack octopus, right. Photo credits, left to right: Kyra Schlining 2015, OET/NOAA.
Previous Programs in 2021
Sea Lions at the National Zoo (video unavailable; visit the American Trail
page at the Zoo's website to learn more about sea lions)
We've produced 52 Smithsonian Science How
webcasts over the last seven years. They feature Smithsonian experts, are aligned with standards, and cover specific topics in the disciplines of Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies. Since March 2020, we have also produced many Smithsonian Science How
video webinars; these recordings are also linked from the Video Archives page. Browse the video archives
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