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Our Wild Health (Grades 5-9)
1:00-1:50 P.M. CST
Wildlife is essential to the health of people and the world in which we live. Dr. Alice Blue-Mclendon, director of the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center at Texas A&M University, will provide insights into the role wildlife plays for the health and benefit of humans.
How I Got Into Vet School (Grades 6-12)
10:00-10:50 A.M. CST
Get an insider’s perspective on preparing for, applying, and getting into vet school. Third year veterinary student at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Devin Smith, will tell you what it takes to join her world.
Protecting the (Human) Herd (Grades 7-12)
10:00-10:50 A.M. CST
What do you have in common with a Texas Longhorn? You both live in herds! Join Dr. Meredyth Jones from the Texas A&M Large Animal Teaching Hospital as she describes how to protect the human herd by keeping individuals healthy. This presentation will include factors contributing to disease within a community as well as management techniques to prevent or reduce the spread of disease.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Bring American Art to YOUR classroom!
Free, interactive videoconference field trips are available for elementary and secondary students, adults and seniors. As docents engage your group with the Smithsonian American Art Museumβ€™s extensive holdings, participants will learn abouthistory, visual language and culture. All ten programs linked to national standards.
Focus on History (Grades 4+)
Young America - Lure of the West - A House Divided: Civil War
The Museumβ€™s artworks chronicle the birth of our nation, the tumult of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the adventures and conflicts of westward expansion. By choosing from these three different tour topics, you give participants a link to the sights, national sentiments, and personal hopes and dreams of Americans living our history.
Focus on Art (Grades 3+)
Americaβ€™s Signs & Symbols - To See Is To Think - Found Object Artwork - Contemporary Craft
In a world filled with images, it is important to be visually literate: able to decode and make meaning from visual information. Artists tell stories, express personal ideas, and let their imaginations run free in many media and by choosing from four tour topics, you give participants a chance to flex their literacy muscles
Focus on Heritage (Grades 3+)
Native Americans - African American Artists - Latino Art & Culture
African American and Latino artists have created images of America that recognize individuals and communities, as well as acknowledge social and political changes in our country. Exploring artwork by Native and non-Native artists helps the viewer consider the power of representation. Choose from three tour topics to help participants better understand and appreciate what it is to be part of a multicultural society.
NASA Digital Learning Network
With standards-based IP videoconference systems and high-speed Internet connectivity, participants can take advantage of free interactive lessons and professional development events through distance learning technologies. The DLN:
- * fosters the effective use of interactive instructional technologies through the delivery of NASA educational content for the benefit of its students and educators;
- * promotes collaborative activities among its member sites in order to optimize learning experiences for its students and educators;
- * encourages open communication among its member sites so that expectations, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses can be objectively addressed for mutual improvement and positive development;
- * provides timely responses to internal and external inquiries about technical issues, content development and delivery, and event scheduling;
- * encourages innovation and experimentation by its member sites with the expectation that instructional integrity is maintained and NASA educational goals and standards are upheld;
- * contributes to the professional development of internal and external educators through the delivery of distance learning-based events.
Minnesota Zoo Free Programs
25-35 minutes in length
During Zoo Food for Thought participants will:
-gain a basic understanding of food web interactions
-learn how the nutritional needs of specific animals are met at the Minnesota Zoo
-be introduced to the concept of organic waste recycling through composting