Smithsonian Science How Returns

Smithsonian Science How is back with an all-new series of webcasts! This year, teachers can bring more Smithsonian scientists into the classroom through a live television-style program that is streamed through the web.

These webcasts air twice in one day, at 11am EDT and 2pm EDT. The live show format allows for students to interact with the scientist in real-time. Students can join the show by submitting questions, participate in fun quizzes, and engage in polls. The scientist will also answer student questions on air throughout the webcast. This gives students the opportunity to interact with these scientists without ever leaving the classroom. Once the webcast has aired, your students can explore the topics from the webcast 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. 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 October 8th! Dr. Kirk Johnson will explain how he and other experts joined forces to figure out what happened at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago!

Dr. Kirk Johnson holding up fossil leaves from North Dakota. In his webcast, Kirk explains evidence for what happened during the mass extinction event 66 million years ago. Photo by Diana Marsh, Smithsonian.

About Smithsonian Science How

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.

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Ashley Deese

Ashley Deese is the Manager of Digital Media at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, where she leads the digital media team throughout the production and distribution of Smithsonian STEM products such as game apps, interactives, and videos for children around the world. Ashley has produced internationally acclaimed and bestselling game apps for the Smithsonian such as “BumperDucks,” “Disaster Detector,” and “Showbiz Safari.” Ashley’s game app, “Morphy!,” received an honoree award by The Webby Awards in 2016. “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 in games.

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 the co-chair for Smithsonian Gaming. She earned her BS in Biology from Methodist University and a MA in Interactive Media from Elon University.