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Middle school students examine an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure, or "reef hotel," during a "Reefs Unleashed" school program. Smithsonian photo.

How many species live below the surface of the ocean and how do scientists count them? With so many rocks, corals, and other crevices, there are a...

Students apply their new skills to solve the final challenge in the “Dig Deep” school program. Photo NHB2014-01468 by Leah M. McGlothern, Smithsonian.

Most of us don’t look at a phone, a car, or a building and think, “Where on Earth did they find the materials to build that?” Even if we do think...

Students discuss how to analyze human bones during the "Forensic Mysteries - A Grizzly Discovery" school program in  Q?rius. Smithsonian photo NHB2013-02793 by James Di Loreto.

A group of hikers stumbles across a human skull in the woods of West Virginia. There was a report of a missing 65-year-old woman from a nearby...

Students use an Olympus BX43 Five-Headed Compound Microscope to examine feathers in the school program, "Bird Strike Whodunit." Smithsonian photo.

As a plane takes off from Reagan National Airport, one of its wings strikes a bird in midair. Thousands of such bird strikes happen every year,...

Students take notes about collection objects in the Q?rius Collections Challenge school program. Smithsonian Institution photo.

Did you ever wonder what a Smithsonian scientist does when they have a question, or how they go about answering it? In the "Q?rius Collections...

Museum educator Nicole Webster guides students in the school program “Reefs Unleashed.” Photo by Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution.

Many students learn science best through hands-on experience. We know it can be difficult for homeschoolers to find such immersive science...

Q?rius volunteer Victor Guerrero shows students a human jawbone during the "Forensic Mysteries: Mystery at Yorktown Creek" school program. Photo by Jennifer Renteria, Smithsonian.

Erosion along a creek bed in Yorktown, Va., exposed something startling: a human skeleton! Scientists excavated the bones to prevent them from...

Students examine Museum collection objects as part of a Q?rius school program. Photo by Jennifer Renteria, Smithsonian.

Welcome back to school, teachers! As you get your 2016-2017 year underway, we would like to highlight the six top ways to bring the science...

Students handle real human bones in Q?rius during a Field Trip Day Sponsored by Google in 2015. Photo by Fiona Wilkinson, Smithsonian.

For a limited time this spring, Google is providing financial assistance to make field trips to the National Museum of Natural History possible...