Smithsonian Science How

VIRGINIA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS!  Sign-up today to bring Smithsonian scientists and staff to your classroom via the Smithsonian's Science How live, interactive webcasts!  The next free event is February 12 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.!  Give your students the unique opportunity to interact with some of the foremost experts in science right from your classroom!

*Please note, the program is now referred to as Smithsonian Science How (formerly Smithsonian Science Now).

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, 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 Now website for more information about each webcast offered and to access classroom activities, lessons, readings and other related resources.

Schedule of VMNH hosted Webcasts

January 16, 2014 (At-the-museum)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Paleobiology: Unearthing Fossil Whales featuring Nick Pyenson
NGSS Life Science MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6
Earth Science MS-ESS2-3

February 12, 2014 (Remote or At-the-museum)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Forensic Ornithology: Bird Detective featuring Carla Dove
NGSS Earth Science MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5
Life Science MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-5

February 27, 2014 (At-the-museum)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Forensic Anthropology: Bone Whispering featuring Kari Bruwelheide
NGSS Physical Science NGSS MS-PS1
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)

March 13, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Arthropod Adaptations: Inside the Insect Zoo featuring Dan Babbitt
NGSS Life Science MS-LS2-1, MS-LS4-3, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-5
Earth Science MS-ESS3-3

March 27, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Human Evolution: Early Human Diets featuring Briana Pobiner
NGSS?Life Science MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2

April 10, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Quantifying Biodiversity: Life in One Cubic Foot featuring Chris Meyer
NGSS Life Science MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5

April 24, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Deep-Reef Biodiversity: Exploring the Unexplored featuring Carole Baldwin
NGSS?Life Science MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5

May 15, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Core Geology: Earth's Deep Interior featuring Elizabeth Cottrell
NGSS?Earth Science MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2

June 5, 2014 (remote)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Paleobotany: Climate Change Past and Present Scott Wing
NGSS Life Science MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6
Earth Science MS-ESS3-5