Smithsonian Science Education Center

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is transforming K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe.

Visit our Director's Corner to learn how we are achieving our mission! 

To achieve our mission, we have three Programmatic Goals:

  • promote authentic, inquiry-based K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning
  • ensure diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in K-12 STEM education
  • advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD)

Winter Programs

Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game
Choice, strategy, balance, and . . . water equity? Parts of the planet are struggling to get enough water. Use each region's wealth to build pipes, desalinate water, and conduct research to bring water where it's needed most. Monsoons, dry spells, disease, and even cursed lawn sprinklers can help or hinder your progress. Manage your wealth and water carefully to solve the world's water crisis!

  • Take actions to balance global water resources.
  • React to global events.
  • Make discoveries through research and recruit investors to share in the profits.
  • Review and reflect on your strategy.
  • Build, upgrade and use desalination plants to create fresh water.
  • Play in the classroom or at home.

Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Science
Discipline: STEM Digital Game
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: NGSS science standards
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Explore Smithsonian
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the science and research of the Smithsonian Institution. Each video in this series is designed for use in the classroom by highlighting a driving question and following Smithsonian scientists as they go about the process of science. Viewers are taken from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, to the Chandra Telescope Mission Control Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Viewers even get to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park to learn about the types of adaptations pandas, like Bao Bao, have for their distinctive bamboo diet.
Content Areas: Science
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Filmed Virtual Museum/ Historic Home Tour
Learning Standards: Various NGSS Life Science Performance Expectations
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Food! How can we ensure good nutrition for all?
Food! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students. Food! is a module broken up into seven parts. Each part contains a series of tasks to complete. Each task contains additional resources to support that task. We have provided a suggested order for the parts and tasks. However, the structure of the guide hopefully allows you to customize your learning experience by selecting which parts, tasks, and resources you would like to utilize and in what order you would like to complete them.
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Science,
Discipline: STEM
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 11, 12, 17
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Girls and Women in STEM Lessons
This web page is designed to provide STEM resources for all students–girls and boys. It is our belief that firsthand experiences in STEM will serve girls and young women well–so that the young girls of today, will be the history-makers of tomorrow. There are 12 lessons between 5-15 minutes or 45min- 1 hour that incorporate science and engineering.
Content Areas: Math, Science
Discipline: STEM
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Various NGSS science standards
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Mosquito! How can we ensure good health for all from mosquito-borne diseases?
Mosquito! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students. Mosquito! is a module broken up into seven parts. Each part contains a series of tasks to complete. Each task contains additional resources to support that task. We have provided a suggested order for the parts and tasks. However, the structure of the guide hopefully allows you to customize your learning experience by selecting which parts, tasks, and resources you would like to utilize and in what order you would like to complete them.
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Science
Discipline: STEM
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 16, 17
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Pick Your Plate
Travel around the world with Plato to learn about building healthy meals. Eat avocado toast in Australia, baobab fruit in Benin, and sautéed reindeer in Finland! Yum! Pick your favorite plates for morning, midday, and evening meals. Be sure to meet your daily nutritional needs while not going over your budget! Pick Your Plate! A Global Guide to Nutrition is an educational nutrition game that will help teach students about building healthy meals while using nutritional guidelines from countries around the world!
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Science, Technology
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11, 12, 17
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

 

Smithsonian Science Education Center Games Center
Fifteen free science games and simulations.
Content Areas: Science, Technology
Discipline: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Resource Type: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Hands-On/Lab, STEM
Learning Standards: Various NGSS science and engineering standards
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering
From the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering is an educational engineering design game that will help teach your student how to design a solution to a problem using basic engineering design principles.
Content Areas: Science, Technology
Discipline: STEM Digital Game
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: NGSS grades K-2 Engineering standards
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd

Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces
Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces is a series of free engineering design challenges for students to engage with emerging technologies through hands-on learning. Inspired by Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, these activities bridge formal science education and the makerspace movement by helping educators and teachers engage with digital and physical technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) by asking them to make something new.
Content Areas: Science, Technology
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Hands-On/Lab, STEM
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: Various NGSS science standards
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.