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.
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.
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.
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.