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The Wild Side of STEAM

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Get a glimpse of some un-ZOO-sual careers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Join us every month as we meet some of the faces behind saving species and explore the variety of unique careers available in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.


Webinars are free, and registration is not required. Webinars are hosted live via Zoom and are approximately 30 minutes long. Students will not be visible to the speaker and moderators, but they will be able to submit questions in writing through a Q&A. Teachers and families, please help students under the age of 13 join the webinar. You may be prompted to enter an attendee name and email. For the attendee's name, please use only the student's first name and for the email address, please enter an adult's email address. 

This webinar will be live captioned. If you need any additional services, please contact nzp-education@si.edu


Webinars are best enjoyed by students in grades 6-8, but are open to all on a first-come, first-served basis, with a program cap of 500 students.

To request a private webinar for your school or group, contact nzp-education@si.edu (special requests are not guaranteed). If you are seeking a private program for a class or group of 10-35 students, visit the school programs page for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Next Webinar: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, from 10-10:30 a.m.

November's Featured STEAM Career: Veterinary Technician

Check the virtual programs calendar for full list of upcoming webinars and other distance learning offerings. Webinars will be recorded and archived on this page, for those who cannot attend the live programs.

Virtual Programs Calendar

Webinar Archive

Take a minute to let us know what you thought of the Wild Side of STEAM webinar series with this short survey.

Meet Zoo web developer, Mohammed, and then try coding using the October Wild Side Wrap-up activity.

Original Air Date: Oct. 9, 2020


Contact the Zoo's Center for Learning Innovation at nzp-education@si.edu.