Q?rius for Teachers: At the Museum

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 will open August 15.

Grades 6-8

Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google

  • Open to Title I Middle 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 March through June. (All slots for Spring 2016 are full.) 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 will open August 15.

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 will open August 15.

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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 will open August 15.

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?

Students follow in the footsteps of a Smithsonian scientist to solve the mystery of which kinds of birds brought down a 747 jet airplane. During this staff-led program, students examine the bird fragments and feathers collected from the affected aircraft and simulate processing DNA from these samples. Students will understand how bird strike data is used by airport managers to alter airfield habitats to discourage bird use, and how pilots use data to avoid flying where birds congregate.
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(15 to 35 students)
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Dig Deep

During this staff-led program, students collaborate with classmates to identify the most efficient way to find and dig for iron ore by learning to read the stories of rocks and uses modeling techniques employed by Smithsonian scientists. Students will hone their skills by identifying geologic features in rocks, reading geologic maps, piecing together drill cores, and analyzing tectonic forces and their effects on layers of rocks. As a class they will compete in groups to find the extent of the natural resource most efficiently. 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.
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(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 About Mystery at Yorktown Creek
(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 describes a theme and assigns them to work in one of the Museum’s departments: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleobiology, Mineral Sciences, or Vertebrate Zoology. Like curators and collections managers at the Museum, students will follow particular protocols for handling special and sometimes delicate objects and agree upon a strategy to find objects to start a collection of their own.
Read Blog Post About the Q?rius Collections Challenge
(15 to 35 students)
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Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google, Grades 6-8

All slots for Spring 2016 are full.

On select days in March through June 2016, 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 schools from the Washington, D.C., metro area. Read a Blog Post About Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google


Interested? Contact us at nmnhschoolprograms@si.edu for more information, or to see if your school qualifies.


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

School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year will open August 15.

Grades K-1: Discovering Dinosaurs

Explore dinosaurs through fossil remains: in this staff-led program, students will observe, handle, compare, and contrast dinosaur fossils, describe dinosaur characteristics, and predict why dinosaurs have different kinds of teeth and claws. Pair with a visit to Last American Dinosaurs.

Grades K-2: Animal Coverings

Discover how animals adapt to their environment by handling specimens from the Museum’s collections and analyzing observations, in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Hall of Mammals.

Grades K-2: Classifying Shells

Challenge young budding zoologists to observe, describe, compare, and contrast, and sort a variety of shells to sharpen their classification skills and strategies in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Sant Ocean Hall.

Grades 3-5: Identifying Minerals

Classify a variety of minerals by testing their luster, streak, hardness, color, and magnetism, in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Geology, Gems, and Minerals Hall.

Grades 3-5: Insect Survival

Search for patterns in survival strategies of insects and practice the skills of entomology. Students will identify survival techniques such as camouflage, mimicry, biting, stinging and flying. Pair this program with a visit to the Insect Zoo or Butterfly Pavilion.

Grades 3-5: Unearthing Egypt

Identify objects from your own Egyptian dig site in this staff-led program. Craft hypotheses as budding anthropologists about why certain objects were found at the burial site and what they can tell us about Ancient Egyptian society. Pair this program with a visit to the Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt exhibition.

Grades 4-5: Exploring Ecosystems

Spark students’ curiosity about the diversity of interactions that occur in the natural world. In this staff-led program students explore how living and non-living parts of an ecosystem depend on each other. Pair this program with a visit to the Hall of Mammals or Butterfly Pavilion.


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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)


The school program schedule for the 2016-2017 school year will be available August 15 and registration will open that day.