Memorials: Art for Remembering
Although written in 1995, the lessons in this issue of the Smithsonian’s Art to Zoo publication do a great job of familiarizing students with memorials. Through a series of activities, students learn to ask and answer important questions about memorials: What are they made of? For whom or what were they created? What meanings do they hold? As a culminating activity, students identify and create a memorial for someone they have “lost.”
New York City Delights: The Taxi Cab
In this activity, presented by the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students learn about the role of taxis in New York City life. They conduct collaborative research to learn about the history of taxis, investigate New York City destinations and more.
MOBILITY, A Green City: Past, Present and Future
In this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students look at the history of city development and city planning as they consider ideas for the future of urban transportation.
Drive Through Time
In this game, presented by the National Museum of American History, players use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras. They create a photo album of their trip using period photographs.
MOBILITY, Traveling Lightly: What’s My Footprint?
The transportation sector accounts for nearly a third of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In this lesson, students use measurement and basic math as they learn about the role of transportation in climate change. They consider ways of minimizing their impact on the environment.
MOBILITY, Bike Rack Remix
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students design a public bicycle rack for their community or school. The project gives a real-world application to basic math and geometry.
Design for the Other 90%
This website, presented by the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features three themed exhibitions—Cities, Design for the Other 90 and Network. The exhibitions feature projects that demonstrate how design can address the world’s most critical issues through both individual objects and broader strategic and systems level solutions.