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
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
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
in your collection description. We look forward to seeing what inspires you from the Smithsonian's collections!
The Smithsonian Learning Lab Team