The Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on your own or with friends, use science to solve problems and engage in stimulating conversations.
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Known collectively as the National Academies (http://www.nationalacademies.org), the organization produces groundbreaking reports that shape public policy, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.
Interactive exhibits invite visitors to explore the role of science in informing both national policy and decisions that affect their communities. The Earth Lab and Life Lab encourage critical thinking, discussion, and analysis of important issues. Additional content and visual games about nutrition, health supplements, and healthy choices, are under development, and will be available this summer. Current exhibits invite visitors to examine the causes and effects of climate change and compare energy usage around the world. Visitors can also learn about healthy living and how their brain works. From a global focus to a personal level, the museum invites visitors to interact with the issues through new experiences that challenge their thinking.
Many members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and other scientists lend their time and expertise to developing the content for these exhibits.
Earth Lab: Degrees of Change. Explore the impacts of climate change and play the role of a policy maker to identify priorities, evaluate tradeoffs, and decide how to respond to climate change. Employ strategies to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to a level that will reduce the impact of climate change. Decide which actions align with priorities you value, and compare your plans with other players in this unique simulation game.
Life Lab. Explore the science of healthy living and learn how your brain works at this digital interactive experience. The exhibit encourages visitors to make choices about how to age better and learn new things. Make a video and share your stories with other visitors. Test your skills at the driving simulator to see how well you can handle distractions. Play a brain game to learn how to grow a healthy mind through the choices you make throughout your life.
Please visit the online exhibit, Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health, for more information about the microbial world we live in. Discover the harmful and helpful role of microbes and learn how to evaluate information that affects your health. The Koshland will unveil a new website soon, which will connect visitors onsite and online to solve challenges around healthy living and learning.
The infectious disease exhibit will open at the Philippine Science Centrum later this year.Wonders of Science : Explore how energy usage has changed both regionally and globally with the "Lights at Night" which uses satellite data to identify changes over the past decade. Explore the inner life of a cell with an animated movie. See what the universe is made of with scientific animations. Identify the causes of the lack of safe drinking water and identify potential solutions for your community with "Safe Drinking Water is Essential".
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The Koshland Science Museum offers engaging, interactive programs for adults and students. Evening programs and special events provide a social setting for discussions about the role of research and scientific thinking in our communities. Check out the schedule of upcoming programs.
The Koshland Science Museum facilitates inquiry-based, structured field trips for high school students and offers group visits and worksheet activities for university and community college students. Education activities are also offered for groups, teachers, and school district coordinators. Please contact the museum's program officer for more information about upcoming educational opportunities.
The Koshland Science Museum is located at 525 E St., N.W., in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown Washington, D.C. The museum is within two blocks of the Gallery-Place Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops on Metro, on multiple bus routes, and accessible to bike share services. Located just three blocks from the National Mall and several blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Koshland is close to many museums, restaurants, and attractions.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., except Tuesdays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Please check the museum's homepage for the latest schedule, including special hours for evening programs.
Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students and active military. Admission proceeds support the museum's education and public programs.
Email the Koshland Science Museum's community relations manager or call the museum at 202-334-1201.