Smithsonian Learning Labs

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access created the Smithsonian Learning Lab to inspire the creative use of its rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts. The Learning Lab aspires to build a global community of learners who are passionate about adding to and bringing to light new knowledge, ideas, and insight. The digital exhibits presented below serve as resource for both personal and curriculum development.

Created by Smithsonian Affiliate Digital Learning and Engagement Interns at the Museum of Us, navigate below to learn about the digital resources available to you!

Indigenizing Science: Exploring with Native Explorers

This Learning Lab collection focuses on what Indigenizing science means and looks like through highlighting the  Native Explorers program. It explains why the integration of culture, and specifically Indigenous culture and ways of knowing, into science curriculum is essential to cultivate more comprehensive and truthful science education,

This Learning Lab collection was created by  student Shahad Salman in the summer 2021 Smithsonian Affiliate Digital Learning and Engagement Internship, in partnership with Emerson Collective and the Museum of Us, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Subjects:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Other

Age Levels:

  • Elementary (9 to 12 years old)
  • Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
  • Post-SecondaryAdultsHigh School (16 to 18 years old)

Colonial Mascots: From Braves to Clippers

This Learning Lab exhibit explores colonial legacies and processes through the lens of one of Los Angeles’ professional men’s basketball teams, the LA Clippers. Through the history of this team, we see the past, present, and future of colonialism from the franchise’s initial branding as the Buffalo Braves to the settlement of California made possible by swift clipper ships. Interact with the images, questions, and videos embedded in this exhibit to learn more about what it means to “be a clipper.”

This Learning Lab collection was created by Jacob Pribilsky in the summer 2021 Smithsonian Affiliate Digital Learning and Engagement Internship, in partnership with Emerson Collective and the Museum of Us, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies
  • US History

Age Levels:

  • Primary (5 to 8 years old)
  • Elementary (9 to 12 years old)
  • Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
  • Post-SecondaryAdultsHigh School (16 to 18 years old)

The Hostile Terrain Caused by the American Enforcement of the Southern Border (English)

This Learning Lab includes an educational timeline on contemporary policies and relations at the United States-Mexico border, collectives and organizations that facilitate the grassroots resistance that developed in bordertowns, and pedagogical strategies for educators teaching about the border.

This Learning Lab is intended for educators, organizers, and cultural workers of all disciplines to use for research and education dedicated to learning about the border. The border timeline and policy highlights slides can be utilized to teach a history of the border to educational or community spaces for all ages.

This collection was created by Laura Rosado in the summer 2021 Smithsonian Affiliate Digital Internship, in partnership with Emerson Collective and the Museum of Us, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies
  • Arts

Age Levels:

  • Elementary (9 to 12 years old)
  • Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adults
  • High School (16 to 18 years old)

Estudiando el terreno hostil creado por la militarización americana de la frontera sureña (Español)

Este Learning Lab incluye una cronología educativa sobre las políticas y relaciones contemporáneas en la frontera de México-Estados Unidos.  También presenta colectivos y organizaciones que facilitan la resistencia de base que se desarrolló en las ciudades fronterizas, y estrategias pedagógicas para los educadores que enseñen sobre la frontera.

Este Learning Lab está dirigido a educadores, organizadores y trabajadores culturales de todas las disciplinas para que lo utilicen en la investigación y la educación dedicadas al aprendizaje de la frontera. La cronología de la frontera y las diapositivas de los aspectos más destacados de la política pueden utilizarse para enseñar la historia de la frontera en espacios educativos o comunitarios para todas las edades.

Esta colección fue creada por Laura Lucía Rosado en la Pasantía Digital Afiliada al Smithsonian del verano de 2021, en asociación con el Colectivo Emerson y el Museum of Us en San Diego, California.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies
  • Arts

Age Levels:

  • Elementary (9 to 12 years old)
  • Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adults
  • High School (16 to 18 years old)