The Invent the Future Challenge is one of the region’s largest maker challenges integrating science, technology, engineering, and design. KID Museum brings together over 1,000 middle school students, families, educators, and community members to invent solutions to the question: What will you make to protect life on this planet.
We invite you to slow down and take a closer look at the everyday spaces in your community. Slow down on your daily walk or sit down in your favorite space to take a closer look. Share a picture or pictures of the space. Take pictures of the entire space or a part of the space. What do you notice and wonder? The space as living history: what is the past, present and future of this space? What might be the purpose of this space? Document your experience by sharing your image and/or words that represent your thinking on our community padlet: https://padlet.com/ecdean1/k3rc0psgikyre7kw
During this virtual educator professional development program, participants learn about, discuss, and create in response to artwork by Sonya Clark (b. 1967). Clark is renowned for her mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore Blackness, and redress history. This program is presented in conjunction with special exhibition "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend," on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts from March 3 through May 31, 2021.
Visit the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden with Capital Experience Lab! Take a closer, guided look at the modern sculptures inside this outdoor museum space. Then use what you've learned and choose from a menu of techniques to create your own paper sculpture to take home with you.
DC-MD-VANational Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Constitution Ave NW &, 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20408
You can reserve the Flights of Fancy Story Time experience and request the platform, whether Zoom, Teams, or other (TBD). The reserved program will include a read-aloud with the museum educator, a video chat about an image or other museum resources related to the topic, and a craft activity led by the museum educator. Each session will last 30 minutes. Each online field trip for early childhood will also have associated resources in SI Learning Lab and an online Story Time (Flights of Fancy or Pilot Pals) that will enhance and expand the theme so that teachers can use them in before and after the program for a more complete learning experience. These experiences are available for groups of 10 or more. Please note, the Virtual Flights of Fancy Story Time Program schedule is in accordance with the Eastern Time Zone. If you are in a different time zone and would like to inquire about an alternate program start time please contact the Tours and Reservations Office at NASMTours@si.edu.
Are you curious about how 3D printing works? One of the technologies offered by the Labs at MLK is 3D printing. Join us for a virtual program discussing the basics of how it works, what materials are used and what kinds of machines are at the Labs.
Using the Smithsonian Transcription Center in the (Virtual) Classroom: An Educator Exploration Session
The Smithsonian Transcription Center is the Smithsonian Institution's online crowdsourcing platform that invites interested learners everywhere to help transcribe, review, and explore our museums' digitized historical collections. With thousands of primary and secondary sources - dating from the 16th century to the present day and ranging in topic - available online for digital volunteers to contribute to and investigate, there are endless opportunities to engage students. Join the Transcription Center team as we review the platform and provide information on related Smithsonian educational resources.
Register to reserve a unique experience for your learners to engage in the world around them and the Museum’s content online. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes and will be hosted on Zoom or Teams. If your school uses a different platform, please note your platform preference within your registration. What can we see looking up toward the sky? Journey with museum educators to explore Earth’s sky, and discover how patterns and motions of the Solar System affect our everyday lives.
Register to reserve a unique experience for you and your learners to engage in the world around them and the museum’s content online! Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes and will be hosted on Zoom or Teams. If your group uses a different platform, please note your platform preference within your registration. These experiences are available for groups of 10 or more. Programs will occur at 10:00 am Eastern Monday through Friday. If you would like to inquire about an alternate program start time please contact the Tours and Reservations Office at NASMFieldTrips@si.edu.