In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s “The Will to Adorn” project, paid teen interns conduct reflexive ethnography with style makers and cultural custodians within the African American community. Ultimately, interns discover the importance and history of black urban style, document themselves as tradition bearers, and make inter-generational connections in their families and communities.
During this session for educators, you’ll be introduced to Judith Sargent Murray and seven other remarkable women highlighted in the exhibition. Learn about the early days of this nation and efforts to gain gender equality in America. We’ll discuss women’s contributions in relation to the women’s rights movements that came after, from the late nineteenth century to today.
Mustard Seeds is a faith-based initiative in Takoma Park, Maryland. Engaging youth from preschool through college, the program explores the arts and humanities of various cultures represented within the community through traditions such as Caribbean steel drum music and African American gospel.
At the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. King famously said that he was in the nation’s capital to “cash a check” for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as promised a hundred years earlier by the Emancipation Proclamation. In this session, we’ll take a look at the legacy of Lincoln’s famous decree and the work that many leaders, ordinary citizens and even students undertook during the Civil Rights Movement to make a difference in today’s world. We’ll discuss the historical context behind these events and learn more about the ways the Smithsonian is keeping this history alive.
In this session, Harry Rubenstein of the National Museum of American History will highlight the many ways in which communities have come to agreement on important issues.
This session features discussion of several sites in the National Park Service that tell stories of diplomacy and negotiation during major turning points in U. S. and international history.
Join us for an exciting journey as we explore fascinating historic objects from the time of our country’s founding. Discover how the United States utilized diplomacy to build relationships that secured our country’s freedom, and helped shape a nation founded on the principles of freedom and equality.
From project-based learning that engages students in creating their own public Astrophotography exhibitions, to authentic investigations of moon phases, light and color, or size and scale in the universe—the MicroObservatory telescopes can be used in a variety of ways to facilitate powerful STEM learning for your students.
Staff and youth from AS220 will describe how we’ve wrapped our collective head around the Will To Adorn project and how it is evolving in our community space. Several youth will demonstrate clips of their work and talk about what they’ve learned from participating. We’ll review some of the specific technical skill gains we’ve seen, as well as soft skills that have emerged through interactions with field “subjects.”
ARCHIVE: From Where I Stand: A Closer Look at Understanding Immigration/Migration Experiences in the United States
In this session for educators and their students, we’ll focus on something as seemingly simple as pairs of shoes and learn about the stories they tell. From fashion to tradition and work to play, each pair of shoes tells a story that offers perspective into the history of the American people.
In this educator session, we’ll make content connections from the previous session, “From Where I Stand: A Closer Look at Understanding Immigration/Migration Experiences in the United States”, which highlighted a small piece of the Smithsonian’s own collection of these stories through material culture to a classroom setting.
In this special session for educators, Dr. Frank Summers, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, will provide an exciting overview of the science behind the world’s most famous telescope. You’ll have an opportunity to find out what has made NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope an engine of astronomical discovery for over two decades, and to see with the eyes of an astronomer as you explore some of the stunning images captured by Hubble.
Help your students make connections to current events and become active witnesses to history. In this panel session, you’ll hear from three Smithsonian educators about interactive and ready-to-use resources for the classroom that explore the role of the presidency and highlight historic inaugural ceremonies of the past. You’ll find additional recommended Smithsonian learning in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
Join Smithsonian expert, Harry R. Rubenstein, known for his expertise in American political history, in this interactive Q&A session on the presidency, presidential elections and the inaugural ceremonies. He’ll also share his experiences of collecting modern-day treasures and novelties from campaign trails, conventions and past inaugurations.
The nation’s only complete collection of portraits of the presidents outside the White House, the “America’s Presidents” exhibition lies at the heart of the National Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.
Photographs of the inauguration document this important American event, but they also tell us something about the participants. We will examine a number of photographs, including one from Lincoln’s second inauguration and several from the 2008 inauguration, to better understand our roles as viewers, participants, and picture-takers.
In afterschool enrichment, students have been exploring the themes of “The Will to Adorn” while making their own patterns, paintings and symbols. We will discuss inspirations for the curriculum and reflect on adapting visual arts projects for varying age levels.
Discover the impact of politics on navigation. This session will explore how navigational systems have evolved, making note of both the failures and successes and will end with a nod towards the future of navigation.
If you want to know where you are, you need a reliable clock. It might seem surprising, but knowing the accurate time is essential for determining position.
Participate in a discussion looking at different perspectives from different fields of study—which include the cultural history of time, aviation instruments and avionics, geography and remote sensing, and aerospace electronics.
Learn how to access the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network operated by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Just like professional astronomers, you and your students can remotely control the telescopes over the internet, and use image processing software to enhance, colorize, and analyze your own images of Solar System objects, stars, nebulas, and galaxies.
In this session for educators, Tony Thomas of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum presents a Citizen Scientist program, which has introduced Washington, DC area high school students to the Anacostia Watershed. Students begin to take an active role in environmental stewardship and environmental justice issues. Discover how you, too, can empower students to accept ownership and responsibility for the waterways in your region.
What makes an airplane fly? Think you know? Join experts from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as we explore two of the forces that affect how things fly. The forces of lift and thrust are often misunderstood and difficult to explain, but our experts will clear the air for you. We’ll discuss many of the common misconceptions related to each force and help students develop ideas about how lift and thrust act on an aircraft.