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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group
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.
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
- Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
- Harvard College Observatory
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Solar Dynamics Observatory (Spacecraft)
- Smithsonian Science Education Center
- South Pole Telescope
- Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery (Traveling exhibition) (2009-2012)
- Essential Science for Teachers (Video recording)
- Congresses and conventions
- Science -- Study and teaching
- Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
- Career development
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-205, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group, Productions