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AZA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH HOWTOSMILE.ORG




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Association of Zoos and Aquariums Announces Partnership with Howtosmile.org

Nov 17, 2010

Silver Spring, MD—The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced a partnership with howtosmile.org, an online collection of thousands of hands-on interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.

AZA and its member zoos and aquariums, alongside other national partners and collaborators, are providing scores of vetted, highly-regarded science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) activities to howtosmile.org. All activities at howtosmile.org  are freely accessible, and never require a registration or subscription.

Howtosmile.org, a web portal created by UC-Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) and funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), brings together a consortium of science museums, aquaria, planetariums, zoos, and technology centers across the country to empower STEM educators working with school-aged children.  Howtosmile.org provides a digital infrastructure to allow informal science institutions to broaden their reach to informal educators across the United States.

“The major innovation of howtosmile.org is the variety of ways to search and discover STEM activities across the Web, including popular characteristics like age level, subject, materials costs, and preparation time, to name just a few of the search options,” said Darrell Porcello, the Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at LHS and Project Director of howtosmile.org. “Our goal is a one-stop shop for educators searching the web for excellent hands-on science and math activities.”

Howtosmile.org spotlights hands-on and interactive activities, both physical and virtual, that involve doing and learning.  Activities take many forms, from downloadable lesson plans, to field trip activities, how-to videos and online interactive games. For example, AZA is contributing educational activities and games at varying difficulty levels that raise awareness about amphibian declines and engage the public in conservation efforts. For example, students can participate in the Frog Olympics, learn how climate change is impacting amphibian populations, or create a Toad Abode for amphibians in their own backyard.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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