Science Webcast and Chat Schedule

Photo of geologist Mike Wise holding a huge quartz gemstone

Smithsonian geologist Mike Wise holds a huge quartz gemstone during a Smithsonian Science How webcast. Live webcasts are offered most months during the school year.

Smithsonian Science How Webcast Schedule

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. Explore the topics in the schedule by watching a webcast and using the classroom activities, lessons, readings, and other resources that support each webcast program. Learn more about Smithsonian Science How on the webcast homepage.

2016-2017 Season Webcasts
Date Time Smithsonian Science How Guest Standards
Jan. 12, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Powerful Predators: Adaptations of Trap-Jaw Spiders with Entomologist Hannah Wood

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Life Science
Feb. 9, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Sex and Extinction in Tiny Ocean Animals with Paleontologist Gene Hunt

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Earth Science, Life Science
March 9, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Inside the Smithsonian’s Fossil Prep Lab with Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf

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Earth Science, Life Science
April 6, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Seagrass Ecosystems in a Changing World with Marine Biologist Justin Campbell

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Life Science 
May 11, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Human Impacts and Extinction of Freshwater Snails with Zoologist Ellen Strong

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Life Science
May 25, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Recovering Voices - Sustaining Global Linguistic Diversity with Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez

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Social Studies
June 8, 2017 11am and 2pm EDT

Deep-Ocean Discovery: Octopods and Squids with Zoologist Mike Vecchione

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Life Science

 

Smithsonian Science How Live Career Chats

We’re introducing something new this year: live, text-based web chats with scientists who have previously been featured on a Smithsonian Science How live webcast. Students will have direct conversations 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.

2016-2017 Career Chats
Date Time Smithsonian Science How Guest Standards
Oct. 20, 2016 11am and 2pm EDT

Chat with Paleontologist Hans Sues about His Job Studying the Rise of Dinosaurs

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Earth Science, Life Science
Nov. 2, 2016 11am and 2pm EDT

Chat with Geologist Michael Wise about His Job Studying Mineral Crystals and Gems

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Earth Science
Dec. 14, 2016 11am and 2pm EST

Chat with Ornithologist Helen James about Her Job Studying Bird Extinctions

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Earth Science, Life Science
Jan. 31, 2017 11am and 2pm EST

Chat with Geologist Elizabeth Cottrell about Her Job Studying Volcano Chemistry

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Earth Science