Museum Announcements

Back to School: What the Science of Learning Can Tell Us about Education

What does research reveal about how people learn and which educational methods and policies are most effective? Expert committees from the National Academies have examined and synthesized the evidence on a broad range of educational topics to provide valuable input into often-controversial debates about educational methods and policy.
The newly-released Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States (2013) identifies the science all K-12 students should know.

Free Field Trips Available for Middle and High School Groups

The Koshland Science Museum is a great place for students to see how science can solve real-world problems. Starting in September 2013, we are pleased to offer free school field trips again. A limited number of free facilitator led tours are also available. To qualify for this free offer, field trips must be organized by middle schools and high schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We’re Open on Labor Day

The Koshland Science Museum is open on Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. Celebrate the end of summer and get your brain in gear for back-to-school. Whether you plan to eat at the school cafeteria or bring your own meals, get the facts on nutrition in the interactive exhibit, Food for Thought. See how small choices can make a big difference. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Paper Considers ‘the Sciences of Science Communication’

A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) introduces areas of research that inform efforts to communicate about science. The paper stems from the May 2012 Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication.” A follow-up colloquium, “The Science of Science Communication II,” will be hosted by the National Academy of Sciences September 23-25, 2013.

Aug 22: At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy: Future Forecasting

Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of the practice and impacts of future forecasting at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., NW, Washington, DC. A panel discussion and breakout group conversations moderated by Jonathan Peck, President and Senior Futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, will consider how significant new developments are anticipated, understood, and answered by these communities.

Recognizing National Immunization Month: Are You Up-to-Date?

Immunization is one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But ‘herd immunity’ only works if most or all of the people in a community are vaccinated. As children head back to school and young adults start college, August is a great time for all of us to make sure our vaccines are up to date.