NMNH has just opened its doors on a brand new venue, right in the museum, that lets anyone (but especially teenagers) take part in a cutting edge experiment in informal science education: how do we make the museum, and the things happening on the inside, invisible, so that we can share the excitement of what happens in the Nation's natural history museum? This is the core idea behind Q?rius (as in "curious").
Recently, I had the chance to be a guinea pig too, and participate in the first Smithsonian Science How? webcast. The idea is a short, but live, broadcast of a NMNH scientist, partnered with a NMNH educator, sharing their scientific research, and let as broad of a K-12 audience as possible join in, via live Q&A through social media. It was great fun, and I had the opportunity to share a little bit about fieldwork in Chile, Panama and British Columbia. Check out the archived webcasts here!
Smithsonian Science How! host and producer Maggy Benson and NDP before our live taping for the AM webcast on 16 January 2014. On the table are some 3D prints, real fossils and a cast -- that creepy foot is a cast of Rodhocetus (Photo: Q?rius).