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Exploring Solar Energy: The Science Behind Design
Lesson about energy-related problems and design solutions in which students investigate the sources and properties of energy, conduct Internet research, and create a workshop for their classmates.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Magic and Technology in Early Modern Europe
Written version of Anthony Grafton's 2002 lecture titled, “Magic and Technology in Early Modern Europe.”.In his lively and entertaining presentation, Grafton showed how “the notion of a mathematical or artificial magic” rose from the ancient art of natural magic, embodied in such things as prayers and talismans, to the complex optical, hydraulic and mechanical devices that “not only rivaled, but actually outdid, the creative powers of nature itself.” The machines and automata that emulated nature and the movement of living beings were so astonishing at first that the engineers had to seek independent authoritative testimony that the devices were the product of engineering skill, not occult practices.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Aerobatic Champions
Online exhibition giving detailed information on two famous aerobatic aircraft, the Pitts Special “Little Stinker” and the Loudenslager Laser 200.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Embracing the Impossible: Popular Response to the Aerial Age Teaching Poster
Students review primary source materials to understand how people felt about the new technology of flying in the early 1900s. They then choose an invention today and document its popular responses.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Exploring the Planets
Teaching poster featuring classroom and gallery activities about spacecraft and tools for studying our solar system.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Highlights Tour
Guided tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center telling the history of human flight through the technology, historical events, and heroic stories associated with aircraft on display at the Center.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Lunder Conservation Center
This website explores the science and technique of art conservation. Includes videos of Smithsonian conservators treating frames, paintings, paper, and objects.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Milestones of Flight Teaching Poster
Teaching poster introducing students to seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the National Air and Space Museum’s collections, asking them to consider technological and social implications.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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On the Web: Measuring Biodiversity Across North America
Lesson plan that uses interactive mapping technology to bring biodiversity field data to the classroom. Includes a map tutor, sampling tutor, and tables.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Reinventing the Wheels
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which students examine four bicycles from the nineteenth century. Looking for similarities and differences between these bikes and today’s bikes, they try to put the four in the order of their age. Clues can be found in a crossword puzzle.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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