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: Animal Anatomy

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, January 21, 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 kept in our collection and 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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Scientists in Action: Landing on Mars

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time. 

The ultimate road trip to Mars is almost complete! In July 2020, the Perseverance rover was launched on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. On February 18, this state-of-the-art spacecraft will make its descent to Mars, where it will study the planet’s surface in a survey for signs of microbial life. Join spacecraft engineers and Mars scientists behind the scenes for a live look at how the Perseverance team prepared for “seven-minutes of terror,” the high-powered process of landing a spacecraft on Mars.  
 
Your questions will shape the conversation as we explore the future of space science and find answers to our biggest questions about mysterious Mars.  

 

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Scientists in Action: Studying SUE the T. rex

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, April 8, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

SUE the Tyrannosaurus rex isn’t just any old dinosaur--this fearsome fossil is the  largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever found. This rare specimen has helped  paleontologists answer questions about dinosaur intelligence, lifespan, and movement, making  this famous find a favorite of many scientists. But exactly what kinds of evidence can we observe  on SUE’s skeleton? What mysteries still remain?  

Find out with this live look back in time. Your students’ questions to the experts will be our guide as we unearth answers to questions about the prehistoric past, and the dinosaurs that walked the earth. 

 

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Scientists in Action: Imaging the Ancient World

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 6, 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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