Media Library

Wide shot of the tables and hands on activities in the Qrius science learning space. From a video tour of the entire room.

Take a Video Tour of Q?rius

This video tour will introduce you to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the...

A photo of a skeleton on the right side of the screen with four rows of skulls behind it to show evidence of human evolution.

Evidence for Human Evolution

Dr. Rick Potts uses fossils and artifacts to show how brains got bigger and tools became specialized as humans evolved. Fossil skulls reveal changes in the physical form...

Overhead shot of two male researchers incasing a fossil of a Squalodontidae in a white plaster jacket before removing bones.

Preparing an Extinct Toothed Whale

A time-lapse video shows researchers from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute racing to excavate the fossil...

Photo of mountains of South China in the  background with fields in the foreground.

Survivors of a Changing Environment

In what type of environment did early humans evolve? Was it the African savanna? Dr. Rick Potts talks about his research on early human adaptability to environmental ...

A drawing showing Arctic ice change in white on a blue and green map of the world.Based on NOAA testing.

Arctic Sea Ice Changes

As Arctic temperatures rise, sea ice melts. Arctic sea ice is projected to decline dramatically over the 21st century, with little late summer sea ice remaining by the...

Closeup of Dr. Scott Wing in a purple shirt in front of outdoor stairs.

Scott Wing Explaining the PETM

Dr. Scott Wing reveals the dramatic changes in vegetation that took place during the warming event called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) that began 56 million...

Closeup of a row of shells that Dr. Brian Huber is studying.

Brian Huber's Research on Foraminifera

Snapshot of Dr. Brian Huber at work, studying foraminifera (forams). Brian explains how understanding past climate change, with forams as indicators, provides useful...

Black and white shot with a solid background of a Yupik man and woman of Alaska wearing traditionally made parkas (sanightaaq)

Creating a Ceremonial Gut Parka (Sanightaaq) – A Yupik Tradition

The Yupik people of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, traditionally made ceremonial parkas (sanightaaq) out of seal or walrus intestines. In this video, two Yupik women explain...

Closeup of students observing life in a biocube in the brush, One of them is taking notes.

Observing Life in a Biocube

Learn how to build your observation skills. Find out how to take notes on what's happening in a biocube.

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Wide shot of girl student in a area with lots of green brush collecting Motile (moving) animal specimens that were in a biocube.

Collecting Motile Biocube Specimens

Catch those critters. See how to collect motile (moving) animals from your biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes.


Closeup of 1 male and 2 female students collecting the plant contents of a biocube in the brush. Two others standing behind.

Collecting the Contents of the Cube

Getting it out. Find out how to collect all the living things from a biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes.

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Close-up of girl with white shirt and glasses looking at a catalog book of photos of plants and animals found in a biocube.

Building a Biocube Species List

Catalog the biodiversity you found in the biocube. Find out how to create a species list for what you discovered.

Learn more about how to...

medium shot of female student with a bee in her hand returning it to a wild area with green brush.

Returning the Specimens

Let your specimens go. Find out the responsible way to return living specimens to the wild.

Learn more about how to use biocubes....

Closeup of girl’s hands holding a digital camera to take a photo of a insect in a small white plastic specimen container.

Photographing and Illustrating the Biocube Specimens

See how to use photographs and illustrations to document all the life you collected in the biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes...

A Woman holding a meteorite in the Q?rius science education center.

What Is the Q?rius Experience?

Watch an introduction to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Helen James in striped shirt in front of display with bird bones.

Helen James - Meet the Scientist

Helen James is a Curator in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Helen is an adventurer who explores Hawaiian caves in search of...