Online Exhibit – Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik

Sputnik 1 - Photo Credit: NASA NSSDC (click on image to visit the NSSDC page on Sputnik 1)

The Smithsonian Institution includes an awe inspiring 19 museums and galleries.  One of these museums is the National Museum of American History (NMAH).  In additional to its physical space, permanent, rotating, and traveling exhibits, the NMAH also features online exhibits (over 65 are currently available).  One exceptionally interesting online exhibit is “Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik”.

The exhibit begins with a discussion of the cold war and Sputnik (the Sputnik 1 spacecraft was the first artificial satellite successfully placed in orbit around the Earth and was launched by the former Soviet Union in October 1957, igniting the “space race”), traces the general US responses to the appearance of Sputnik (including space-themed lunch boxes and Sputnik references in popular music, among much else), before focusing in on educational reform (pedagogy, technology/media, and curricular reform) in the areas of science and math, spurred by the fear of falling behind the technological and scientific achievements of the Soviet Union.  The online exhibit features text, images, movie clips, and audio clips.

For more information about teaching science (historical and current, practical and theoretical), try the following search in the Dartmouth Library Catalog:
Keyword Search: s:(scien* OR math*) AND s:(teach* OR learn* OR study)

For more information about searching in the Dartmouth Library Catalog get in touch with your subject librarian:
List of Dartmouth College Librarians by subject area

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