Attention Middle School Educators and Students… Get Q?rius!

Science How

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is proud to partner with the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Affliates to bring Q?rius to your classroom.

Q?rius is a new way for teens and tweens – and their families and educators – to connect science with everyday experiences. With a name chosen to inspire curiosity and the excitement of discovery, Q?rius is a first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental learning space that brings the unique assets of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History – the science, researchers, and collections – out from behind the scenes.   Teachers across the country can access the riches of this space without ever leaving their classrooms through the Q?rius website (  and through live webcasts throughout the year.

Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science into classrooms through free, interactive, live webcasts and supporting classroom resources. The 25-minute programs feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and connections to current research. Through Smithsonian Science How webcasts, your students will also:

  • Learn from Smithsonian science experts

  • Explore career pathways

  • Discover new resources and activities

  • Learn science concepts and their real-world connections

As an added enhancement for this program, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History staff will provide complimentary after-school professional development sessions for middle school educators, both at the Museum and via videoconferencing technologies to support the broadcast.

Upcoming webcasts include:

  • April 24 Deep-Reef Biodiversity: 
    Her live link:
    Exploring the Unexplored featuring Carole Baldwin.  Join her in seeing what fishes live in deep reefs that are seldom explored. Peer into her state of the art submersible to get a view of ocean life 200-1000 feet below the surface.

  • May 15    Core Geology:
    Earth's Deep Interior featuring Elizabeth Cottrell,
    Director, Global Volcanism Program, National Museum of Natural History

  • June 5    Paleobotany:
    Climate Change Past and Present featuring Scott Wing, Curator of Fossil Plants, National Museum of Natural History


Click here for the entire Webcast schedule:

How do I participate in the Webcasts?
In your Classroom:
   Access the Smithsonian Science How webcasts directly through the Q?Rius website  at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the day of the broadcast.

At the Museum:  The webcasts will be shown live at 1:00 pm in the Innovation Studios for a limited number of middle school students.  Book your field trip through Guest Services at 817-255-9440.   You must also contact the Smithsonian Science How coordinator at 817-255-9521 or to ensure that space is available for your group.

Fun Fact
The Museum School was one of the first museum preschools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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