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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group
Productions, circa 1985-1995
The Science Media Group (SMG) was founded by Dr. Matthew H. Schneps and Dr. Philip Michael Sadler as an experimental project to explore novel applications of video in the service of science education. In operation at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory from 1989 to 2013, this accession consists of videotapes and motion picture film of edited programs, camera masters, and supporting materials. The programs focus on classroom teaching and reflect the best practices drawn from research in science teaching and learning. Programs include interviews and on-camera presentations by leaders in the science education reform movement; extensive interviews with students, science and mathematics content experts, and K-12 and information science educators.
Productions document Albert Einstein, bubbles, congresses and conventions, science education, the moon, and the universe.
Some materials date from before the SMG was formed. Materials include videotapes, audiotapes, motion picture film, sound recordings, notes, shot logs, images, and cue sheets.
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Schneps, Matthew H.
- Sadler, Philip Michael
- Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
- Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
- Harvard College Observatory
- Congresses and conventions
- Science -- Study and teaching
- Documentary videos
- Video recordings -- Production and direction
- Documentary films
- Motion pictures -- Production and direction
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-120, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group, Productions