Connecting Students with Scientists (Recommended Grades 4- 12)

Want to take your students on an amazing field trip? Scientists in Action connects students directly with scientists during a live, interactive broadcast from field sites or research labs. During these free, 45 minute Q&A sessions, scientists demonstrate research techniques, share new discoveries, demystify the scientific process, and open a window into science careers.

What to Expect

During this free Q&A program, multiple classrooms from across the continent connect at once. A select number of classrooms will be invited to ask questions on-camera. The other classrooms will be able to ask questions via a chat box and participate in interactive polls. The student questions drive a majority of the program content.

Equipment Requirements: Any computer or smart device connected to the internet.  The Museum will provide the link and instructions to use the free Zoom Video Conferencing Software, and a webcam with microphone are mandatory for on-camera classrooms. A projector and external speakers are recommended for your classroom setup.

Questions? Review the Prepare for Your Day checklist.

Scientists Video Archive

Before many programs, a video about the featured scientists or topic is often provided. Watch these videos about our previously featured scientists to learn more about their work and inspire questions from your students.

See the Archive

Scientists in Action: Protecting Pika

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Scientists in Action: Bird Brained

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Wednesday, October 9

Ever wondered about the birds that migrate through your town each year, or what separates a blackbird from a blue jay?

Scientists in Action: Ancient Mummies, New Discoveries

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Wednesday, October 30

Mummies draped in unwinding linens and rising from their tombs are staples of Halloween lore and decor, but Dr. Michele Koons knows that mummies aren’t frightening—they’re fascinating!

Scientists in Action: From T. rex to Turkey

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Wednesday, November 20

That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor.

Scientists in Action: Deep Time Detectives

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, December 19

Would you believe that long ago, your state might have been home to an ocean, a rain forest, or volcanoes? Did you know you can find ocean fossils on top of mountain peaks?