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.

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Scientists in Action: Horses Helping Humans

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Animals and humans have a special bond.

Connect your students live with Equine-Assisted Therapy for a live look at this special relationship: explore how and why horses are uniquely suited to this kind of work, see Equine-Assisted Therapy in action, and learn about this fascinating career with animals.

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Scientists in Action: Vets and their Pets

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, October 8, 2020
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Go behind the scenes with a veterinarian from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University to explore how veterinarians care for animals, from dogs to donkeys to dolphins.

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Scientists in Action: Ancient Mummies, New Discoveries

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, October 29, 2020
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

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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! As the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dr. Koons uses modern technology to study ancient places and peoples and unravel mysteries of the past. What can mummies (and more) tell us about human history? What new discoveries will archaeologists make as technology advances? Find out during this live virtual field trip through time behind the scenes at the Museum.

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Scientists in Action: T. rex to Turkey

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

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Did you know that every time you enjoy a meal of chicken, duck, or turkey, you are actually enjoying some delicious dinosaur? That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor. But how did this change occur? What clues do scientists look for? Find out on this virtual behind-the-scenes trip with Museum paleontologists and ornithologists as they explore evolution with fossils, natural history collections, and more. Your questions will guide our exploration and will ensure that you never think of Thanksgiving dinner the same way again!

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Scientists in Action: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, December 17, 2020
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Registration open soon!

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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