Documenting and Sharing | Dr. John Anderson, curator of aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, explains that by documenting their work, the Wright brothers were able to develop the first airplane, to protect their ideas, and to share their success with the world.
The Wright Brothers | Though the Wright brothers did not develop the concept of an airplane, the Wright brothers did invent the first successful airplane. Listen as Dr. John Anderson, curator of aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, describes their inventive process
Rocketship Education is a network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. We believe that truly transformative schools do more than educate students; they empower teachers, engage parents and inspire communities.
This video series, Explore with Smithsonian Experts, connects students and teachers with the skill and technique of Smithsonian experts who describe their work at our nation's museums. In each short film, experts introduce new ways to observe, record, research and share, while using real artifacts and work experiences. Supports Common Core ELA standards.
Finding Beetles in the Smithsonian's Backyard | Dan Babbit, Manager at the Insect Zoo and Live Butterfly Pavilion at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, takes us to the museum's butterfly habitat garden located in downtown Washington D.C. As we search for beetles with Dan, he proves that we don't have to travel far to find amazing insects.
Smithsonian Education | Video | The obvious crack along the top of this photo of Lincoln from February 1865 occurred just after the photographer captured the image. David C. Ward, historian at the National Portrait Gallery, explains how this picture has become a work of myth, suggesting that at the very moment of success, an accident can occur.
Ant Communication: Do Ants Use Smell to Talk? | Ted Schultz, research entomologist at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, describes how ants use their incredible sense of smell along with their ability to produce pheromones to communicate with one another.