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Smithsonian Learning Lab Bright Ideas Newsletter

Dear Learning Lab Registered User,

The Smithsonian invites you to take part in its #SmithsonianEdu monthly challenge series. The series includes open-ended prompts for sparking creativity for families to participate in at home. If you missed last month's challenge, Mini Exhibit, Big Stories, you can still access it  here

This month, we're focusing on online research skills, but with a bit of a twist. Earlier this year, we asked three previous  Cooper Hewitt National Design Award  winners to share objects and visuals that inspire them and their work. The results were impressive and the responses, captured in Smithsonian Learning Lab collections, ranged from a  time capsule back to the 1970s  to  gleaning inspiration from the natural world . This gave us an idea…what might happen if learners tried out this same type of challenge? 

And so, we're asking: What Smithsonian objects would you put in your closet?, what surrounds your closet?, and what inspires your closet? With millions of objects and other visuals available at your fingertips, this challenge offers a way to help hone online research skills, with a personalized and creative angle. 

Be sure to include the hashtag  #MySmithsonianCloset  in your collection description. We look forward to seeing what inspires you from the Smithsonian's collections!

Sincerely, 

The Smithsonian Learning Lab Team

THIS ISSUE
#SmithsonianEdu Monthly Challenge:
My Smithsonian Closet

FIND INSPIRATION
My Smithsonian Closet
Fashion designers share what objects inspire them most and respond to this month's challenge.
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Clickable image of a woman in a dress.
SHARPEN YOUR RESEARCH SKILLS
Search through the Smithsonian's collections and see example “closets” created by other Smithsonian Learning Lab users.
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Clickable image of Street Life, Harlem.
EXTEND YOUR LEARNING
Download a free teaching poster, “If You Walked in My Shoes” from the National Museum of American History and begin a conversation about the teaching power of objects and essential questions to ask as we interpret them.
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Clickable image of the poster.
 
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