New Scientist Streaming Series a Free Resource for Schools
Live broadcasts give students behind-the-scenes access to museum collections.
(Dr. Matt Lamanna in Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Big Bone Room)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History launched a new streaming series that
broadcasts scientists to schools across the country using Facebook Live.
The new live video series leverages technology to share scientific
information and give classrooms and Facebook users a behind-the-scenes
look at museum collections while learning about science from museum
“This series is helping us achieve one of our primary institutional
goals, which is to educate the public,” said Dr. Eric Dorfman, director
of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “By utilizing technology, we are
reaching wider audiences in schools, not just in Pittsburgh but across
Teachers, students, and the public can tune into the series for free by
simply visiting the museum’s Facebook page at the planned time. The
videos are also posted on Facebook to view anytime for those unable to
Paleontologist Dr. Matt Lamanna kicked off the series with a live stream
on January 26 from the Big Bone Room at Carnegie Museum of Natural
History. Dr. Lamanna discussed Diplodocus carnegii and what it
is like to be a paleontologist in a video viewed more than 5,000 times.
Matt received more than 75 questions from viewers, including questions
from students in schools in Pittsburgh, Indiana, Ohio, and New York.
“This was a great way to reach a large audience of students all at
once,” said Dr. Lamanna. “Seeing all of the questions pour in from
aspiring scientists was an exciting start to this new project.”
Future live streams will feature other experts from the museum's
scientific sections who will share their specialized knowledge and show
off pieces of the museum’s hidden collection.
The museum’s next live stream will be with botanist Bonnie Isaac on February 15 at 10:30 a.m. Tune in at facebook.com/carnegiemnh.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of millions of objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.