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Accession 17-205

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group

Productions, 2008-2013

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group
Title: Productions
Dates: 2008-2013
Quantity:
Collection: Accession 17-205
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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, events, and units documented include: Essential Science for Teachers; Misconceptions-Orientated Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers; the Harvard Museum of Natural History; the Solar Dynamics Observatory; the Smithsonian Science Education Center; the exhibition: "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery"; the South Pole Telescope; Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month; massive star formations; conferences; and professional development videos. Materials include video and audio recordings, animations, and other related materials. Materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

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, events, and units documented include: Essential Science for Teachers; Misconceptions-Orientated Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers; the Harvard Museum of Natural History; the Solar Dynamics Observatory; the Smithsonian Science Education Center; the exhibition: Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery; the South Pole Telescope; Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month; massive star formations; conferences; and professional development videos.

Materials include video and audio recordings, animations, and other related materials. Materials are in electronic format.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-205, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group, Productions

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Container List

Electronic Records

Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMP) conference videos, 2008 (SMG hard drive: SMG-002)

Electronic Records

Professional Development Videos (Annenberg 2012 repurposing of edited videos from earlier projects), 2012 (SMG hard drive: SMG-007)

Electronic Records

Smithsonian Heritage Months - Asian Pacific American Day, SAAM public event (APA). Camera masters and video edit project files, 2009 (SMG hard drive: SMG-039)

Electronic Records

"Learner Express" (ESM-for "Essential Science Modules"). Redigitized camera masters, source footage, and project files for repurposing of short clips from Essential Science for Teachers to illustrate specific topics in Annenberg website, 2012 (SMG hard drive: SMG-063)

Electronic Records

Clips from miscellaneous SMG productions used to create teacher education for USAID project in Pakistan (PAK), 2012 (SMG hard drive: SMG-073)

Electronic Records

Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers - Source files for training website (MOSART), 2011 (SMG hard drive: SMG-074)

Electronic Records

Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics conference, 2008 (ITA). Harvard Museum of Natural History interview with Alex Ziegler. Matthew H. Schneps experiment ("Mind, Brain, Education" (MBE)/(DYS - "Dyslexia") YAG IncTech. Middle school scenes, interviews with students talking about reading. 2008-2013 (SMG hard drive: SMG-077)

Electronic Records

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) - Demo files for Cooper Hewitt video wall exhibit, 2011 (SMG hard drive: SMG-079)

Electronic Records

Smithsonian Science Education Center (SEC) Project Archive. Collection of several dozen clips used in the STC-Kindergarten curriculum package, 2013 (SMG hard drive: SMG-089)

Electronic Records

Final edited clips - Smithsonian Science Education Center (SEC) Project Archive. Collection of several dozen clips used in the STC-Kindergarten curriculum package, 2013 (SMG hard drive: SMG-090)

Electronic Records

Visions of the Universe (LIB) - Interviews with astronomers Dana Backman, Natalie Batalha, Frank Summers, David Spergel. For American Library Association, 2009 (SMG hard drive: SMG-110)

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South Pole Telescope (SOU) footage. Anthony Stark, radio astronomer, took this footage when he overwintered at South Pole station. Used in WGBH Nova program, 2008 (SMG hard drive: SMG-118)

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Massive Star Formation (MSF) Animation project for Lincoln Greenhill - KALYPSO project regarding Star Formation. 3-D Maya scene files and textures. Animation modelled hydrogen maser doppler measurements to show inflows and outflows. Animation was never completed due to excessive demand on computing resources and animator's time. However, interim results here show possibility of the project, 2010 (SMG hard drive: SMG-126)

Electronic Records