Monday, May 16, 2011

Smithsonian Curator Space Quiz

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Who wants to learn about Smithsonian curators? I think that should be the title of their quizzes, just because "Are You Smarter Than A Curator" sounds more like that game show I would never watch.

Regardless, the www.SmarterThanACurator.org website refreshed their materials and have a new quiz! Last month, this feature was launched by the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world.

Smithsonian Curators
In the first round, they featured Heidi Hellmuth, curator of Enrichment and Training at The National Zoo, in a 5-question quiz, where every correct answer earned 10 cents for TNZ's animal care program.

The second round is the same model, but this time hosted by Roger Launius, the Curator of Lunar and Planetary Spacecraft at the National Air and Space Museum; Launius also previously held the position of NASA's Chief Historian.

Most of what he and his team curate is inside the McDonnell Space Hangar and/or the illustrious Udvar-Hazy Center, soon to be home to the recently retired Space Shuttle Discovery orbiter.

National Air and Space Museum
Check out some of the links to see what else they have in their amazing collections, and take the quiz to earn your free souvenir sticker, and also support the Air and Space museum with all correct answers! As per the website, each is worth 10 cents.

The first quiz lasted about a month, and I imagine they will continue on to change this, moving from museum to museum so we can learn about the full collections all across the Smithsonian sites. While taking the quiz, you will be asked for an email address, which opts-in to receive future emails from the Friends of the Smithsonian, their national membership group; however, you can opt-out anytime by unsubscribing.

Special thanks to
NASA Goddard's Ed Rezac for bringing this continuing quiz fun to my attention! :)

2 comments:

Marianne said...

Wow, this is so cool! I definitely wasn't able to beat the curator at his own game but I sure learned a few things. I'll have to check back and take the rest of them too.

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