Scientists In Action

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. 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: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, January 27, 2022
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: Amazing Arachnids

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, February 24, 2022
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Mountain Time

Registration opens soon!

While some people might run the other way at the sight of a spider, Dr. Paula Cushing gets excited. As the curator of invertebrate zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dr. Cushing’s research focuses on arachnids, a class of eight-legged animals that includes spiders, scorpions, and camel spiders, who are neither camel, nor spider!

What’s so amazing about arachnids? Find out how these eight-legged wonders adapt, behave, and even help humans with this live look at invertebrate biology. 

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Scientists in Action: Ancient Mummies, New Discoveries

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, April 7, 2022
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

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: Hidden Gems

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 5, 2022
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Mountain Time

Behind the scenes at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an extensive mineral collection, with over 20,000 specimens, including the largest collection of diamonds at any museum in the entire world! Dr. James Hagadorn, curator of geology, has the privilege of working with these rarely seen objects. Connect live for a glimpse at this collection and learn about what a seemingly ordinary rock can reveal about the past, present, and future of our planet. Your questions will be the compass in this scientific treasure hunt!

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