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STOP for Science!
This K-8 science-enrichment program, presented by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, uses a series of posters and accompanying questions to pique student interest in science concepts and their application to the world in which we live.
Educator Resources: National Air and Space Museum
Encourage your students to learn by doing with these interactive NASA Resources. Students will explore the science of aerodynamics, learn about the cultural history surrounding aviation, test their knowledge of geography and more. The site also includes online conferences, archived lectures, activities that investigate the four forces of flight and a 30-minute webcast designed to increase student interest in STEM.
Crash Test Physics
Students use prior knowledge of kinematics to test a CO2-powered balsa wood dragster in this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The main objective is to design a dragster that will keep an egg from breaking when the dragster crashes.
Robots All Around Us
In this activity from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum students research and discuss robots in order to design and build 3-D robot prototypes of their own.
Get Behind the Wheel
Most middle school students are anxiously awaiting the time when they will legally be able to get behind the wheel of an automobile. This lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum taps into that interest by having middle school students design a dashboard for a car that will be marketed to the 16- to 23-year-old set.
Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing
Read this Smithsonian article to learn why the lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral” and how robotics teams are trying to change that.
So, You Want to Be President
Use this downloadable activity page from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access to test your students’ knowledge of the many jobs of the U.S. president. Students can also test their presidential knowledge with the quiz, “Who Was President When?”
Young America Lesson Plan: George Washington
In this lesson from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, students use a combination of artwork, everyday objects and primary resources to learn about George Washington’s life and leadership during and after the American Revolution.
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
This online exhibit from the National Museum of American History covers each major period in Abraham Lincoln’s private and public life, especially his years in Washington when he made the crucial decisions that ended slavery and preserved the nation. Digital versions of many of the objects in the Smithsonian’s Lincoln collection are included in the exhibit.
One Life: Ronald Reagan
This online exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery uses photographs and artwork to illustrate the evolution of Ronald Reagan’s life and beliefs as he rose from sportscaster to U.S. president.