The Smithsonian Institution and university professors team up for a free paleontology course for learners around the world

The “Live from the Smithsonian: Living in the World of Dinosaurs” class offers privileged access to content from the Smithsonian in the StarCourse for free university professors on May 24

University Tutors, a Nerdy Inc. NRDY company, and one of the nation’s largest platforms for live online tutoring and classes, today announced a new collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution that will give people around the world free access to Smithsonian content. On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. ET, the Smithsonian will highlight select content from the National Museum of Natural History in a large-group online course hosted by Varsity Tutors, “Live from the Smithsonian: Living in the World of Dinosaurs.”

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The Smithsonian Institution and University Tutors are teaming up for a free paleontology course for learners around the world. The “Smithsonian Live: Living in the World of Dinosaurs” class is offering premium access to Smithsonian content in the Free University Teachers StarCourse on May 24 (Photo: Business Wire)

The interactive course will take place live from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Students will explore the origin, evolution, and life of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, participate in challenges and demonstrations, and be guided through exhibits on the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. The free interactive session, offered as part of Varsity Tutors’ StarCourse series, will be led by the Department of Paleobiology’s Dinosaur Museum Curator, Matthew Carrano. The class will also be available for learners after viewing, archived on the Varsity Tutors website.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world and houses a collection of 147 million specimens. Through its exhibitions and research, the museum fulfills its mission to promote understanding of the natural world and of man’s place in it.

In early 2020, Varsity Tutors introduced its StarCourse Series, a collection of exclusive courses taught by celebrity instructors and top experts in all categories. Classes were led by stars such as Mayim Bialik, of The Big Bang Theory; Coyote Peterson from YouTube brave desert; artist, designer and creator James Lewis; physicist, professor and string theorist Brian Greene; the Field Museum and many more.

“The Smithsonian is renowned for its amazing collections and world-class content, and it’s a real privilege to share a front-row seat with learners from around the world,” said Brian Galvin, director of studies at Nerdy. “Over the past two years, our StarCourse series has attracted everyday learners from around the world and continues to be among our most popular content. more on paleontology. We look forward to nurturing their curiosity.”

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About the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo, shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge and sharing our resources with the world .

The institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. We continue to honor this mission and invite you to join us in our quest.

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