The Smithsonian

A little know fact about the founding of the Smithsonian…

It all started in 1826 when James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”

It took another 20 years (until 1846) for the Smithsonian to become a reality.

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Smithsonian For Educators

In addition to the Learning Lab, the Smithsonian has a very wide range of on-line resources, with everything from the National Postal Museum and the National Portrait Gallery to Folkways (world music, music history, and music for children).  learn more

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Smithsonian Institute Magazine

The Smithsonian Magazine is now online for your perusal. Check it out.  learn more

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Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. We are a community of learning and an opener of doors. Join us on a voyage of discovery. Explore our vast digital resources and learn online.  learn more

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Smithsonian Institution Online Exhibitions

Check out over 100 on-line exhibits, covering a wide variety of subjects from Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 to Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and Solar Energy to The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.  learn more

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Teaching Math from the Smithsonian

Throughout American history, teachers and parents have used objects--from colonial--era slates to modern electronic calculators--to help students master abstract mathematical concepts. These math teaching tools reflect society's hopes and dreams.  learn more

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The Smithsonian Institution

Another safe avenue for allowing students to do their own searches of discovery is to search one of the larger wide ranging content sites, like The Smithsonian Institution. Students can search large volumes of content – web pages, images, videos, and stories – with little chance of encountering inappropriate material. The Smithsonian, a collection of…  learn more