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Teachers: Add These New Science Webcast Dates and Topics to Your Schedules

by Maggy Benson -- Jul 1, 2014
Smithsonian's Maggy Benson

Maggy Benson manages the Q?rius distance-learning program and hosts the Museum's webcast series, Smithsonian Science How.

Dan Babbitt holding a walking leaf during a Smithsonian Science How? webcast
Dan Babbitt holding a walking leaf during a Smithsonian Science How? webcast

What do mummies, deep-sea worms, cell phones and meteorites have in common? They will all be featured on the webcast series Smithsonian Science How? during the 2014-15 school year. The new line-up of live, science-based programs is sure to not only entertain, but to also help students better understand core science concepts.

The Smithsonian Science How? webcast series connects Smithsonian scientists and research to students nationwide. Last season featured the discovery of a fossil whale graveyard in the Atacama Desert, forensic mysteries of the Jamestown Colony, exploration of deep coral reefs in the Caribbean, and more.

Transporting students to the scientists’ field sites is just part of the fun. Through an interactive chat, students can submit their questions to the scientist during the live program and experience the thrill of having their question answered by the expert on-air. Each program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and comes with free, online supplemental teaching resources.

One of the popular programs in season one featured Smithsonian researcher Dr. Liz Cottrell and the subject of volcano geochemistry.Following her Smithsonian Science How webcast, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Liz Cottrell answers questions about volcanic eruptions with a group of students in Q?rius

“This was a really good experience to get to interact with a professional. We did some cool models. It was exciting to have our question answered by the Smithsonian. Really Cool! I feel inspired to become a Geologist,“ said one student. “I liked that you could ask questions, and since it was live, Liz could answer them,” commented another.

Miss the live show? No problem. The programs are valuable learning resources and are archived on the Qrius website on the same evening that the programs airs.

The season kicks off on Wednesday, October 8 with paleontologist and Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Kirk Johnson. Take a look at next year’s schedule and plan your webcast-visit today! Check back frequently for updates and program titles, details, and resources.



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