Smithsonian Science How Schedule

Geologist Ben Andrews, linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez, and paleobiologist Conrad Labandeira.

Season 5 will feature Geologist Ben Andrews, Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez, Paleobiologist Conrad Labandeira, and more. Smithsonian photos.

Choose From Two Types of Live Programs

Video Webcasts

These free, interactive, TV-style webcast programs will introduce your middle school students to core science concepts through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts, providing students with positive STEM role models and a connection to science in their lives. The shows air live twice each day, and provide opportunities for your students to interact via live polls and Q&A with the scientist. Explore the topics in the schedule by watching a webcast and using the classroom activities, lessons, readings, and other teaching resources that support each webcast program.

Online Text Chats

These free, interactive, text-based web chats feature scientists who have previously appeared on a Smithsonian Science How live webcast. The text chats do not have a live video component. The chats take place twice each day, and allow students to have conversations via text with scientists about their career pathways and research at the Museum. Supplement each live chat by watching the Smithsonian Science How video of the featured scientist and using the available teaching resources before and after the chat.

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.

Check back often as we continue to add dates and scientists to our schedule. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified of schedule additions.

Date Time Featured Topic and Science Expert Standards
Sept. 21, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Online Text Chat with Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez about Her Job Studying Language Diversity

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | CHATTEACHING RESOURCES

Social Studies
Oct. 12, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Online Text Chat with Archaeologist Bill Fitzhugh about His Job Studying Culture and Climate Change in the Arctic

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | CHAT | TEACHING RESOURCES

Life Science, Social Studies
Oct. 26, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Online Text Chat with Geologist Cari Corrigan about Her Job Studying Antarctic Meteorites

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | CHAT | TEACHING RESOURCES

Earth Science, Physical Science
Nov. 9, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Video Webcast - A Century of Discovery of Sea Urchins and Relatives featuring Zoologist Dave Pawson

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | WATCH | TEACHING RESOURCES

Life Science, Social Studies
Nov. 16, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Online Text Chat with Ornithologist Carla Dove about Her Job Identifying Bird Remains from Airplane Strikes

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | CHAT | TEACHING RESOURCES

Earth Science, Life Science, Engineering Design
Dec. 14, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Video Webcast - Volcanoes with Geologist Ben Andrews

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | WATCH | TEACHING RESOURCES

Earth Science
Jan. 18, 2018 11am and 2pm EST

Online Text Chat with Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf about Her Job Preparing Fossils for Study and Display

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | CHAT | TEACHING RESOURCES

Earth Science, Life Science
Feb. 8, 2018 11am and 2pm EST

Video Webcast - Fossil Insects with Paleobiologist Conrad Labandeira

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | WATCH | TEACHING RESOURCES

Life Science, Earth Science

Mar. 22, 2018 11am and 2pm EDT

Video Webcast - Exploring the Interactions and Environment of Fungus Beetles with Entomologist Floyd Shockley

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | WATCH | TEACHING RESOURCES

Life Science

May 24, 2018 11am and 2pm EDT

Video Webcast - How Bones Fossilize … or Don’t with Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer 

REGISTER 11AM or 2PM | WATCH | TEACHING RESOURCES

Life Science, Earth Science