Scientists In Action

Connecting Students with Scientists - FREE (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. All 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. 

Connecting with us soon?  

  • See how to prepare for your day here 
  • Learn more about technology and logistics here. 

Questions about your program? Email us at [email protected]. 

See our Archive

Miss a recent program? Curious about what topics we’ve covered? View our Scientists in Action archive on our YouTube channel.  

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Scientists in Action: Imaging the Ancient World

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, December 8, 2022
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Have you ever looked at a fossil fragment or a bed of bones encased in rock and thought, “how do paleontologists know what they’re looking at?” It’s all about having the right tools to get the job done. In the Digital Research Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the “right tools” include microCT scanners and high-powered computers. These imaging tools create colorful, movable animations that let researchers look inside chunks of rock or examine minute details, revealing features and finds that could have gone undiscovered. Join lead technician Lindsay Dougan for a digital look behind the scenes of the Museum and at research on the cutting edge, and ask your questions of the experts.

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Scientists in Action: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, January 26, 2023
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

No spaceship? No problem. Space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu will be your students’ guide on a virtual adventure through space, starting with our home planet and voyaging into the solar system and beyond with the assistance of stunning scientific visualizations. Learn about our place in the universe, how we fit in the solar system, and how we are integrally connected to space! This is a fully interactive program where participants direct their questions to Dr. Yu and vote to guide our voyage through the universe. 

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Scientists in Action: Climate History, According to Ice

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, March 9, 2023
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Mountain Time
Created for grades 4-12, but all are welcome.

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Much like reading tree rings, scientists can read the past (and even predict the future!) using ice cores cut and transported from extreme places such as Antarctica and Greenland. So, what is the ancient ice telling us? And how is this ice different from what we might pull out of a freezer? Join us as we go over 30 degrees below in this chilly visit to the National Science Foundation’s Ice Core Facility and get your questions ready for the experts who spend so much time in freezers. No hats or mittens needed in this sub-zero virtual field trip!

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Scientists in Action: Visualizing Animal Acoustics

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 11, 2023
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.
Created for grades 4-12, but all are welcome.

Registration opens soon!

Have you ever wondered what bats say to one another? How listening to bird songs can tell us the health of an ecosystem? In this exciting visit to Bluff Lake Nature Center, a natural space tucked quietly in the bustle of Denver, we take a listen…but not using our ears. Scientists studying the fauna of this local lake use technology to not only listen in on Chiropteran conversations or Avian acapellas, but create visual representations of what animals are saying. Combining ecology and technology, this trip shows us just how wild the world may be in our very own backyard.

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