Events and Updates

20JUL
 

Summer Sea Science

coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico

August means vacation for millions of humans, and for coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, it means the summer birth of billions of new coral organisms. Each year, 7-10 days after August's full moon, coral reefs at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary create a mass spawning event. The event sends a "snowstorm" of countless sperm and egg bundles into the water. NOAA's Coral Spawning Globe at Howtosmile.org models the spawning event in a snow globe.

25APR
 

Fossil Art/Photo Contest

National Fossil Day

Who are the prehistoric creatures in your neighborhood? Create an artistic answer to that question, and you could win the National Fossil Day Art and Photo Contest. 

10MAR
 

National Geographic Kids Engineering Challenge

Engineering in the wild

How do National Geographic explorers do research, and get such great photos, in the wild? National Geographic invites kids to try and solve the technical problems explorers face, in a new Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge.

30MAY
 

Ancient Egypt

King Tut and more

Ancient_EgyptAre your learners fascinated by mummies and pyramids? Are ancient civilizations part of your 2012-2013 curriculum? Explore ancient Egypt at Howtosmile.org with activities like Mummy MagicThe Trial: Grand Vizier Ay Stands Accused of Murder! and Modern Detectives: Think Like an Archaeologist. You can also travel to ancient Egypt this summer at three major science center exhibits across the country. 

Boston Museum of Science’s Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science focuses on archaeologists' work to acquire knowledge, not just treasures. If you can't get to the museum itself, visit the virtual exhibit to play an ancient Egyptian game of Senet, send a buried message, and even plan your afterlife.

30APR
 

Project Blue Planet Contest

Keeping the Earth Green and Blue

Project Blue PlanetYour school or community group could win $1500 for starting an eco-team or eco-themed project that educates kids and inspires them to take action about an environmental problem. Enter the Project Blue Planet contest, which challenges kids nationwide to involve their schools and communities in conservation.

15APR
 

Get Up and Go—to a Garden!

Dig in at National Public Gardens Day

National Public GardensHundreds of public gardens will hold special events for National Public Gardens Day, Friday, May 11. Activities for school groups, families and visitors of all ages will encourage people to discover their local public garden, and learn about its commitment to education, research and the environment. The American Public Gardens Association is a partner in the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens initiative, and gardens are a great place to get kids moving with STEM.

12APR
 

Rolling, Flying, and SMILE-ing

IMLS Director blogs about Let's Move! with SMILE

2012 White House Easter Egg RollSusan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, blogged about STEM fun at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll, and about the new Let's Move! activity search engine created by Howtosmile.org for the IMLS Let's Move! Museums and Gardens initiative. The search engine includes hundreds of SMILE activities that get learners out of their chairs and moving while they're learning about STEM.

6MAR
 

SMILE Boosts Science Festival Plans

Science Festival SMILE tip

MovieAdd science festival planners to the growing list of Howtosmile.org's biggest fans. In this "best tips" video for building successful festival booths, the Philadelphia Science Festival recommends Howtosmile.org for great activities and to "get your creative juice flowing." The video offers booth builders other tips too, such as: set up simple and accessible hands-on activities, involve 4-6 high energy volunteers, and go green—don't hand out too much printed material.

6MAR
 

Enter the Google Science Fair

Entry deadline April 1

Google Science Fair 2012This year's Google Science Fair offers an added Science in Action prize, for "projects that champion scientific projects that make a practical difference in the lives of a group or community." Deadline for all entries to the Google Science Fair 2012 is April 1. The fair challenges students aged 13-18 to carry out a scientific investigation into a real-world problem or issue that interests them, through rigorous experimentation, recording and conclusions.

The Fair's Educator Toolkit recommends Howtosmile.org as a great STEM activity resource that draws on trusted sources, and can be searched by material costs, age range, subject matter and prep time. It's not too early to start looking for inspiration for the 2013 Google Science Fair!

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