Bring The Smithsonian Into Your Classroom

Smithsonian Science How? is a fun and innovative web series, also known as webcasts, that delivers real-world science into classrooms. The series offers 25-minute programs that feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. This gives students the opportunity to get an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the exciting things our scientists are doing.

Theses webcasts air twice in one day, at 11am EDT and 2pm EDT. The live show allows for students to interact with the webcast. Students can join the show by submitting questions, participate in fun quizzes, and engage in polls in real time. The scientist answers student questions on air throughout the webcast. This gives students the opportunity to interact with these scientists without ever leaving the classroom. Explore the topics from the webcasts further with the provided classroom activities, lessons, and readings. Resources from our STC Curriculum are also included. 

There are a variety of topics for the webcasts. Be sure to check out the schedule to find one that fits into your lesson plans. Or watch them all!

Be sure to watch the next webcast on April 10! Dr. Christopher Meyer will have us peering into the diversity of life on coral reefs in Moorea and Indonesia!

Bonus: The webcasts will be archived for those that can't watch live!

About the Author

Ashley Deese
Assistant Division Director for Digital Media and Communications

Ashley Deese is the Assistant Division Director for Digital Media and Communications at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, where she leads the digital media and communications team throughout the production and distribution of Smithsonian STEM products such as games, apps, eBooks, and videos for children around the world. Ashley has produced internationally acclaimed and bestselling products for the Smithsonian such as “Pick Your Plate! A Global Guide to Nutrition,” “Disaster Detector,” and “Stories of Women in STEM at the Smithsonian.” “Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game” was a 2018 nominee for The Webby Awards inaugural games category for Public Service & Activism. Ashley was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her work at the Smithsonian. In 2020, “Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering” and “Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game” was named to the 2020 American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Digital Media list.

Ashley is a voting member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a member of the Smithsonian Networks Review Committee for Smithsonian Channel, a Smithsonian unit editor for the Smithsonian Magazine Voices blog, member of the digital advisory board for the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative, and a founding member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council. She earned her BS in Biology from Methodist University and a MA in Interactive Media from Elon University.