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Interview with Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

How do we prepare our K-12 students for the workforce of tomorrow? Listen to Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, at the  2017 Global Talent Summit as she discusses our role as educators in working with both the public and private sector to prepare our students for the unprecedented changes they face in tomorrow's STEM workforce. Watch now

We are field testing our new curriculum! 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Curriculum & Communication division is wrapping up field testing three elementary engineering modules for our new curriculum. We field tested in 17 schools in states such as Pennsylvania, California, Washington, and New York. Over 20 teachers and science coordinators and 450 students have experienced our vision of the Next Generation Science Standards. Feedback in the form of survey responses, photographs of student work, and videos of students engaging in the activities will be analyzed and used to drive the revision process. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Events 
Registration is now open for the 2017 Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers!

The Academies provide teachers with an opportunity to take part in a weeklong professional development course behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and other world-class research facilities throughout the greater Washington, DC, area. The academies help to bridge the gap between the formal science education programs the Smithsonian Science Education Center offers and the informal science education that exists throughout the Smithsonian. The academies combine training in science pedagogy with content presented by scientists and researchers who are experts in their fields.

Biodiversity Academy
Sunday, June 18–Friday, June 23, 2017
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Energy's Innovations and Implications Academy
Sunday, July 9–Friday, July 14, 2017
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Earth's History and Global Change Academy 
Sunday, July 30–Friday, August 4, 2017
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The Smithsonian Science Education Center is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for our Academies through Virginia Commonwealth University. The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers opportunities for personal and professional development as well as custom training solutions, logistical support, and skills training in negotiation and mediation. Take the next step at

Free Resource 
The citizens of Smithsonville are in dire need of a Disaster Detector! Help Smithsonville and other cities predict and prepare for natural disasters. Use tools to make predictions and save the city from damage by helping citizens prepare properly. Are you up for the challenge?
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Featured Video
In this episode of Explore Smithsonian, we asked the question, "What internal adaptations do pandas have to eat bamboo?" As carnivores, giant pandas shouldn’t really eat bamboo, but they do! Join a Smithsonian curator to explore the internal adaptations of giant pandas for their diet. You’ll also discover what panda poop looks and smells like and how it can be used to track their health.
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