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. 

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  • 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, September 30, 2021
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: Seeing into Space with IXPE

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, October 28, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Space is filled with exotic astronomical objects like neutron stars and supermassive black holes— light-years from Earth, hard to see and even harder to study. But powerful tools can help, including NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft. The telescopes onboard IXPE will observe the X-rays produced by these faraway features, particularly the direction that these X-rays are vibrating, known as “polarization.” Join the expert spacecraft designers and builders at Ball Aerospace as they describe what it takes to create an observatory like IXPE and what IXPE will teach us when it launches later this year.  

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Scientists in Action: T. rex to Turkey

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, November 18, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

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: Animal Anatomy

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, December 16, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Are you an adorer of animals? Delighted by dissection, or fascinated by feathers and fur? Then you have something in common with Andie Carrillo, Zoology Preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Andie works behind the scenes of the museum, studying animal specimens to learn about their lives and environments from their physical characteristics, and preparing each specimen to be studied by other researchers for years to come.  Join Andie for an in-depth look at her fascinating career and a glimpse at how museums contribute to the study of our natural world. Your students’ questions will guide our exploration!

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