Q?rius for Teachers: At the Museum

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LIST OF PROGRAMS | Bring your class to the Museum

Grades 6-12

Q?rius School Programs

  • Led by Museum educators
  • Aligned with standards
  • Designed to keep students on task for 60 minutes

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Hours

Registered programs: 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. from October through June. School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

Grades 6-12

Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google

  • Open to Title I Middle and High Schools from the Washington, D.C., metro area
  • Free transportation, IMAX tickets, and lunches
  • Educational experiences in Q?rius and select Museum exhibits

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Hours

Select days in October through June. Suggested visit is 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., but time at the Museum is flexible based on school and teacher needs.

Grades 6-12

Plan Your Visit to Q?rius

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Hours

Public hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from June 15 to Oct. 4.

Grades 6-12

Q?rius Homeschool Days

  • Led by Museum educators

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Hours

School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

Grades K-5

Q?rius jr.: a discovery room

  • Students interact with Museum objects
  • Choose from seven programs
  • Kits available for homeschool programs

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Hours

Registered programs: School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Q?rius School Programs, Grades 6-12

All Q?rius school programs are led by Museum staff, created for Grades 6-12, and designed to keep students on task for 60 minutes.


How to Register:
Go to the school programs registrations page, choose your date and time, click the "Sign Up" button, and on the registration form select the program you want. School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

ONSITE PROGRAM SUBJECT AREAS
Bird Strike Whodunit? Biology, Environmental Science, Ornithology
Dig Deep Geology, Earth Science
Forensic Mysteries - A Grizzly Discovery Anthropology, Forensic Science
Forensic Mysteries - Mystery at Yorktown Creek Anthropology, Forensic Science, Social Studies
Q?rius Collections Challenge Biology, Ecology, Life Science, Social Studies

Bird Strike Whodunit?

During takeoff from Reagan National Airport, a plane collided with a flock of birds and was forced to make an emergency landing. During this staff-led program, students will follow in the footsteps of Smithsonian scientists to determine the species of bird that brought down the airplane by examining bird fragments and feathers collected from the affected aircraft, and simulating processing DNA. Students will learn how bird strike data is used by airport managers to alter airfield habitats, and debate proposed methods of discouraging bird congregation around airports.
Read Blog Post About Bird Strike Whodunit? | Related Video: Forensic Ornithologist Carla Dove
(15 to 35 students)
DOWNLOAD FIELD TRIP GUIDE | REGISTER YOUR GROUP | GET TEACHING RESOURCES

Dig Deep

How do geologists know what lies beneath the earth’s surface? During this staff-led program, students will collaborate and compete with their classmates to identify the most efficient way to find iron ore by learning to read the stories of rocks. Students will develop skills used by Smithsonian scientists to identify geologic features in rocks, interpret geologic maps, piece together drill cores, and model how tectonic forces deform rocks. After honing their geologic skills, they will compete in groups to see who can most accurately find the extent of the natural resource. Read Blog Post About Dig Deep

(15 to 35 students)
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Forensic Mysteries - A Grizzly Discovery

A group of hikers stumbled across what looks like human remains. Have they found a crime scene or could there be another explanation? During this staff-led program, students will examine real human bones, objects and artifacts using the forensic tools and techniques of Smithsonian scientists to determine age, sex, time since death, and maybe even cause of death.
Read Blog Post About A Grizzly Discovery | Related Video: Anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide
(15 to 35 students)
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Forensic Mysteries - Mystery at Yorktown Creek

Erosion along a creek bed produces a startling discovery – a human skeleton! Before the clues are washed away forever, students will get the chance to examine the evidence collected by the archaeologist during this staff-led program. Using the forensic tools and techniques of Smithsonian scientists, they will study the human bones and artifacts found with the skeleton to determine who this person was, when they lived, and what their life might have been like. Uncover the mystery of a person whose burial could turn out to be over 200 years old!
Read Blog Post on Mystery at Yorktown Creek | Related Video: Anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide
(15 to 35 students)
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Q?rius Collections Challenge

The Q?rius Collection Zone includes 6,000 natural history objects, all accessible for student exploration in this staff-led program. Working in teams, students will receive a Collections Challenge Card, which assigns them to work in one of the Museum’s departments: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleobiology, Mineral Sciences, or Vertebrate Zoology. Like scientists and collections managers at the Museum, students will follow protocols for handling valuable and sometimes delicate objects, and agree upon a strategy to curate and interpret a collection of their own while engaging in the scientific method.
Read Blog Post About the Q?rius Collections Challenge
(15 to 35 students)
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Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google, Grades 6-12

On select days from October 2016 through June 2017, the National Museum of Natural History is hosting Field Trip Days sponsored by Google. Selected groups will receive free buses, IMAX tickets, lunch vouchers for students and a set number of chaperones, school programs in Q?rius, and interactive experiences in select museum exhibits. The program is only open to Title I middle and high schools from the Washington, D.C., metro area. Read a Blog Post About Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google


All slots for the 2016-2017 school year are currently full. Please contact us at nmnhschoolprograms@si.edu if you are interested in being added to the waitlist.


Q?rius jr.: a discovery room Programs, Grades K-5

Visit the Q?rius jr. page for program descriptions and registration information.


Plan Your Visit to Q?rius

Get the information you need to plan a trip to the Museum, including group arrival and departure logistics, restroom and lunch details, and IMAX and Butterfly Pavilion discounts for groups.

Download School Group Logistics Sheet (PDF)


Homeschool Days

Q?rius Homeschool Days take place on the first Monday of every month, November through June, with two time slots available, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Participating students must be in grades 6 through 12, and 11 years old by the date of the program. For younger students, please explore the Q?rius jr. Homeschool Kits.


Participants who complete all eight Q?rius Homeschool Programs will receive a certificate of completion from the Museum. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


Registration for school programs for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

DATE PROGRAM TIME SLOTS (Click to get info and register.)
Jan. 9, 2017 Dig Deep 10:15 or 11:45
Feb. 6, 2017 A Grizzly Discovery 10:15 or 11:45
March 6, 2017 Bird Strike Whodunit? 10:15 or 11:45
April 3, 2017 Reefs Unleashed 10:15 or 11:45
May 1, 2017 Deep Time Paleobiology 10:15 or 11:45
June 5, 2017 Unearthing Egypt 10:15 or 11:45

Programs Only Offered on Homeschool Days

Reefs Unleashed

During this staff-led program, students explore how Smithsonian scientists Chris Meyer and Nancy Knowlton measure the biodiversity of coral reefs using nondestructive methods. They will model the same scientific processes used by our scientists by exploring images of plates with the actual organisms that live in the ARMS. Through a guided discussion, students will connect the need to understand the biodiversity of our largest ecosystem and the human connections to the health of the ocean.

Deep Time Paleobiology

Have you ever wondered what the world looked like when the dinosaurs were alive? We invite students to join our paleontologists here at the National Museum of Natural History in reconstructing past ecosystems by studying and working with real 66-million-year-old microfossils. In addition to observing, classifying, and identifying microfossils, students will also investigate microscopic fossil pollen to identify plants from ecosystems of the past. Students will work together using reasoning skills and evidence from their investigations to hypothesize the effects of climate change and evolution on this ecosystem over time.

Unearthing Egypt

Identify artifacts from an Egyptian archaeological site in this staff-led program. Craft hypotheses as budding anthropologists about why certain objects were found at the burial site, and discuss what they can tell us about Ancient Egyptian society.