Q?rius for Teachers

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A female instructor holds a human skull over a table and students on both sides lean in to look at it.

In the Q?rius school programs, students use inquiry-based, team-oriented approaches to answer scientific questions. Smithsonian photo NHB2013-02810.

Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, is an interactive learning space that brings the unique assets of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History – the science, researchers, and collections – out from behind the scenes. In Q?rius, students enter into the role of our scientists and engage in solving real-world problems.

On weekday mornings from October to June, Q?rius offers a variety of free, 60-minute, standards-aligned, staff-led school programs for students in grades 6 through 12.

School program registration has closed for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will open on August 14.

Educators please browse our school programs and register online. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Museum educator and student

AT THE MUSEUM | Bring your class to the Museum

  • Q?rius School Programs, Grades 6-12
  • Q?rius jr. School Programs, Grades K-5
  • Plan Your Visit to Q?rius


Science webcast

ONLINE | Bring the Museum into your classroom

  • Teaching Resources, Grades 6-8
  • Webcasts and Career Chats, Grades 6-8


Photo of student intern at telescope

YOUTH PROGRAMS | Opportunities for Students

  • Internships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Workshops