VIRGINIA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS!  Sign-up today to bring Smithsonian and VMNH scientists and educators to your classroom via the Smithsonian's Science How live, interactive webcasts!  Give your students the unique opportunity to interact with some of the foremost experts in science right from your classroom!

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has an exciting opportunity for middle school students! We would like to invite you to register for one of our upcoming Smithsonian Science How live, interactive webcasts. Each webcast will align with the Next Generation Science Standards and Virginia Science Standards of Learning and will focus on connecting students to scientists, increasing students’ understanding of science, and inspiring students about STEM education and careers. Be one of the first to register and in addition to the 25-minute webcast led by Smithsonian scientists and staff, VMNH educators and scientists will engage students in a specially developed, educational program to reinforce the content of the webcast. To sign up or inquire, contact or call (276) 634-4185.

About Smithsonian Science How

Join live webcasts that feature Smithsonian experts who examine bones and artifacts that are millions-of-years old, piece together forensic anthropology mysteries, and dive into coral reefs. Your students will see how scientists and other experts use tools and technology in their work, and how the science is connected to them.

Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science into classrooms through free, interactive, live webcasts and supporting classroom resources. The 25-minute programs feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and connections to current research. Through Smithsonian Science How webcasts, your students will also:

  • Learn from Smithsonian science experts
  • Explore career pathways
  • Discover new resources and activities
  • Learn science concepts and their real-world connections

Visit the official Smithsonian Science How website for more information about each webcast offered and to access classroom activities, lessons, readings and other related resources.

Schedule of Smithsonian hosted Webcasts with VMNH programming

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014  11am and 2pm EST Island Biodiversity: Tracking Human Influences with Archaeologist Torben Rick, Life Science, Social Studies

Meet Dr. Torben Rick, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in analyzing archaeological evidence of human life on islands. Look back over thousands of years of influence of humans on the west coast (Channel Islands) and East Coast (Chesapeake Bay). See how changing environmental conditions interacted with human lifestyles to shape the biodiversity of the islands. Follow Torrey as he uses radiocarbon-dating of bones, DNA analysis, and other techniques to tackle elusive questions such as how foxes arrived in the Channel Islands. Find out how archaeological information can help manage island ecosystems today.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 11am and 2pm EST Bird Extinctions: Time Travel through Lava Tubes with Ornithologist Helen James, Life Science, Earth Science

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 11am and 2pm EST Ecosystem Change: Plotting with Plant Collections with Botanist Rusty Russell, Life Science

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 11am and 2pm EST Global Change: Reading Ocean Fossils with Paleobiologist Brian Huber, Earth Science, Life Science

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015 11am and 2pm EST Mineral Cycles: Demystifying Microbes with Geologist Cara Santelli, Earth Science, Life Science, Chemical Science

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 11am and 2pm EDT Ocean Biodiversity: Discovering Marine Invertebrates with Invertebrate Zoologist Karen Osborn, Life Science

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 11am and 2pm EDT Mineral Origins: The Natural History of Cellphones with Geologist Michael Wise and Anthropologist Joshua Bell, Earth Science, Social Studies

Thursday, May 7, 2015  11am and 2pm EDT Mummy Science: Natural and Cultural Preserved Remains with Physical Anthropologist David Hunt, Life Science, Social Studies

Thursday, June 25, 2015 11am and 2pm EDT Astrogeology: Meteorites and Spacecraft Missions with Geologist Tim McCoy, Earth Science, Space Science