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Exploring Solar Energy: The Science Behind Design
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students learn about energy-related problems and design solutions. Students investigate the sources and properties of energy, conduct Internet research and create a workshop for their classmates.
What’s Your Problem? A Look at the Environment in Your Own Backyard
In these lesson plans from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, students take on an environmental project. They interview people who live in their town or neighborhood. They ask about the state of the local environment—and how it has changed over the years—before deciding on a problem on a problem to tackle.
Teen Smoking: Designing a School Anti-Smoking Publicity Campaign
In this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students create the visuals for an anti-smoking publicity campaign based on their research into the effects of smoking.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: 20th Century Tobacco Advertisements
Not so long ago, tobacco advertisements were common. They showed healthy, vigorous, fun-loving people. Some ads featured famous athletes and celebrities. Others had actors portraying doctors, dentists and scientists. Read this article from the National Museum of American History to explore the tobacco industry’s reliance on advertising during the mid-20th century.
Smoking a Pack a Day for a Year Leaves 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cell
Researchers quantify just how bad smoking is for you, molecularly. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more about their findings.
When NASA Told Its Astronauts to Quit Smoking
In the 1950s, smoking was generally accepted in the U.S. In fact, more than half of American men smoked. Read this article from the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine to learn why NASA asked its Apollo astronauts to refrain from smoking in public.
The World’s “Ugliest” Color Could Help People Quit Smoking
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn how officials hope color and hideous packaging could make would-be smokers think twice.
Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobacco
Read this Smithsonian article to learn how a new ‘Joe Camel’-esque phenomenon may be igniting as the new fad takes a 21st-century page out of an old playbook.
Before Memorial Day, Brush Up on Your Flowers
As Memorial Day approaches, read this story from the National Museum of American History to learn three ways floral symbolism and military history are connected.
Memorials: Art for Remembering
This Art to Zoo lesson plan from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access explores the ways that people have been honored with memorials. Students create their own memorial after examining examples in their own community and around the world.