I couldn’t possibly make my point with a long, wordy article, so let’s get to it. Whether they know it or not, your students are micro-writing. They’re writing captions for Instagram. They’re writing witty responses on Snapchat. It’s the very foundation of Twitter. And even as emojis chall...
Star Spangled Banner Flag Is this flag the single most important artifact at the Smithsonian Institution? It just might be. In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’ll be seeing a lot of American flags this week – on mailboxes, main streets, parades, t-shirts, and even painted on faces! It got us thinking about THE flag ...
Jesse Varela If you’ve ever been to the National Air and Space Museum, chances are you’ve wondered – how does the Smithsonian get a plane in the building? (Well, maybe you have wondered this, or maybe you haven’t.) We have been wondering and we asked them! Here’s what the Collections Department, from t...
Smithsonian Castle The next time you’re at one of the amazing Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. – or reading Smithsonian Magazine, or, really, doing anything with our friends at Smithsonian– take a few minutes to pay some extra attention to the Smithsonian logo. It’s this one:   Simple enough, right...
Groundhog Day It’s Groundhog Day! Here are 5 facts to quench your obvious thirst to learn more about it. This mercurial marmot is referred to by several names, including chuck, wood-shock, thickwood badger, and our favorite, whistlepig.   In Quebec, the day is called Jour de la Marmotte. Sounds more...
Carl Strommen Band directors traveling with us to a bowl game or parade event get an extra perk each year. Recently, WorldStrides began commissioning an original concert band piece with renowned composer and arranger Carl Strommen to be given to band directors each year. The first original piece, “Kivgik,”...