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Smithsonian Museums

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Link to posters and banners






Origami: A Blend of Sculpture and Mathematics

This activity uses  banners with information and images about  the work of Demaine, the world’s top computational origami theorist, who has created aseries of sculptures by folding concentric squares into square pieces of paper, alternating mountain and valley, and folding the diagonals. The banners could  have embedded videos and virtual reality to enrich participants` experience.






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Students will have two missions to accomplish.

Your missions this week:

  1. Show us an origami  you've made using paper.

  2. Solve the puzzles below.






Smithsonian Collections

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This activity immerses participants in an in death Smithsonian digital-first experience. To set the tune for the program, display multimedia banners on the walls with information, embedded videos, links, and short texts about The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. You may use  Aurasma and Quick Readers to add VR components to enrich the experience. Have on the banner embedded videos of  artwork and animals talking about who/what they are, why they are in the museums, and where participants can find them.



Participants are invited to accomplish two missions.

Your mission this week:

  1. Show us a drawing you made using Osmo Masterpiece . Send us pictures and a description of your artwork. For extra points enhance your work by adding voice to your drawing (suggested app chatterpix)

Smithsonian National Zoo

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Explore  the natural passion young students have for animals and involve them in rich learning experiences. Use a visually appealing banner with information about animals, quizzes and curiosities. Offer them hands on activities for enliven participant`s experiences. 





Students play with  OSMO to practice spelling

Students make animal origamis

Students make origami fortune tellers about animals


How things Fly

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Explore  the thrill of an online visit to The Smithsonian Air Space Museum.  Use a visually appealing banner with information about animals, quizzes and curiosities, and offer participants hands on activities to boost participant`s experiences. 


Use the game on Smithsonian Air Space Museum site to grab participant`s attention


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Display ipads with apps about animals - animal 360


Offer participants missions and challenges

Your missions this week:

Make an airplane that flies the highest, shoot a video and post it on instagram with the hashtag...

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How do you entertain an otter?


This activity uses the site Ask Smithsonian to offer participants something to explore  and a challenge.

Play the video or display a banner with the question – How do you entertain an otter?


Your mission this week:

Show us something you've made using a toilet paper tube. Paper towel tubes and tubes from aluminum foil or cling wrap are also fair game. Your hack can use other materials, of course, but the cardboard tube should be the defining element. Send us pictures and a description of your hack and feel free to annotate your photos if you need to. And don't be afraid to get creative!

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How is hip-hop like the microchip?

 This activity addresses the topic of hiphop to convey the message that lack of resources encourages inventiveness.

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Download the poster here


Display a banner with did you know questions, graffiti art, art exhibitions, videos, etc. 


Your mission this week:

Show us something you've made using Makey Makey and scratch. Makey Makey turn everyday objects into keyboards. Make your own project or download one, play with it and send us a video. Your hack can use other materials, of course, but paper  should be the conductive element.







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Display a banner about Wonder Woman. On the banner, use QR codes that lead to more information about superheroes, movies, etc. Use this Smithsonian video as inspiration on the banner.



To enliven the banner, use google Cardboard for a Virtual reality experience



Your missions this week:

Make a papertoy superhero. Decide on a superpower and psychological traits. Record a video in which your hero is facing a challenge and send it to us. https://vimeo.com/54479185

Make an automata telling the story. Shoot a video





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Display a  banner with images and brief texts about snowflakes. Embed in the banner a short video (adapt the following links)





Also explore the study of the effect of words in water by using Masaru Emoto`s study on the banner using




Your mission:

Make snowflakes and use it to make a functional object. To enhance the activity, ask students to make a DIY spinning art machine to color the paper before making the mandala.




Comments (1)

Mariana Silveira said

at 8:17 am on May 6, 2015

I love it!

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