Smithsonian Learning Lab

Discover, Create, Share

At Smithsonian Affiliations, one of the ways in which we reach our Affiliate communities with digital educational resources is through the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

The Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology created the Smithsonian Learning Lab to inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials—millions of images, recordings, and texts.

By encouraging users to create and share personalized collections of Smithsonian assets and user-generated resources, the Learning Lab aspires to build a global community of learners who are passionate about adding to and bringing to light new knowledge, ideas, and insight.

Contact your National Outreach Manager if you are interested in learning more about possible Learning Lab workshops at your Affiliate organization. For K-12 classrooms, afterschool programs, and everywhere learning takes place—formally and informally—the Smithsonian Learning Lab workshops connect local teachers with Affiliate resources as well as millions of multimedia resources in the Smithsonian collections.

SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations on Learning Lab

learning lab collections

Discover the world around us through the SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations Learning Lab collections. Drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Affiliates, and other collaborating organizations, the resources feature educational materials, objects, documents, and videos to spark curiosity and learning.

Smithsonian Affiliate Learning Lab Projects

Each Affiliate organization below contains one or more Smithsonian Learning Lab.  These collections were developed by students participating in the 2021 Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship, in collaboration with 25 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations.