Discover how to use museum resources and methods to bring new excitement into your classroom. Many Smithsonian museums offer scheduled classes for educators as well as customized training.
Science & Technology
Explore the Universe
Investigate changing views of the universe, as well as student misconceptions of cosmology. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is for teachers of grades 5–8 or 9–12. Call 202.633.2540.
Exploring the Planets
Study the tools of planetary research and analyze the images and data they provide. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is for teachers of grades 3–5 or 6–9. Call 202.633.2540.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Programs
The center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, combines the research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to study the physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. It offers K-12 professional development programs and resources developed by its Science Education Department. In association with the Annenberg Channel, it offers broadcast-related workshops.
How Things Fly
Explore the interactive devices in the National Air and Space Museum’s How Things Fly gallery, study aircraft in the museum that illustrate the technology of flight, and learn to address these topics in the classroom. Designed for teachers of grades 6–10. Call 202.633.2540.
Smithsonian Science Education Center Programs
Inquiry-based sessions, tailored to meet each teacher's needs, draw conceptual connections among science disciplines. Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers help secondary teachers improve content knowledge and pedagogical skills in the life and earth sciences. Call 202.633.2970 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center also helps school districts implement an inquiry-based program. Call 202.633.2986.
Problem Solving with the Wright Brothers
Engage in the process of invention alongside the two bicycle builders from Dayton. Hands-on activities demonstrate the workings of wings and propellers and introduce the physics of flight. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is designed for teacher of grades 3–8. Call 202.633.2540.
Reflections on Earth: Remote Sensing to Monitor the Environment
Use remote sensing technology to study volcanoes, dunes, and floods. All participants receive field-tested lessons and resources for obtaining satellite images. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is designed for teachers of grades 9–12. Call 202.633.2540
Science in Pre-K
Teachers of young children learn to introduce physical science on a site presented by the National Air and Space Museum and Washington, D.C., Public Schools.
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Scientific Argumentation: A Webinar
The Smithsonian presents a two-session webinar, February 17 and 23, 2015, for high school science teachers who’d like to try an argument-driven approach to their students’ scientific writing.
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The institute offers teacher workshops at its Punta Culebra Nature Center in Panama.
Check these sites for additional programs.
Scholars in the Schools
Smithsonian Institution Event Calendar
The Smithsonian Associates