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Smithsonian's Digital Programs Help Kids Avoid Summer Slide

Smithsonian Offers Programs to Avoid Summer Slide

Now that summer has arrived, the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is introducing a program to help students avoid the summer slide. Smithsonian Quests is a collection of self-directed, project-based learning activities where students can earn badges for their completed quests. 

Smithsonian Quests offers 100 different quests with the help of personal coaching where students can explore interests, build skills and try out new roles. Students can earn badges in Astrophotographer, H2O Hero, Symbols Spotter and more. 

The Smithsonian Center is also offering a comprehensive archive from the Smithsonian Online Education Series with conferences and lessons incorporating Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine research centers and national zoo. Each session offers interaction with Smithsonian curators, educators and specialists who explore themes such as climate change, the civil rights movement and problem solving. 

"These digital resources can keep students thinking and exploring ideas during the summer," said Michelle Smith, associate director for digital media at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. "The online conference sessions and the Smithsonian Quests highlight the real work of scientists, historians and other experts as relevant to future careers and prepare teachers and students for the next academic year."


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