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06/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 15:08

USA TODAY NETWORK Collaborates With the Smithsonian to Bring Summer Activity Guide to K-8 Learners

USA TODAY NETWORK and the Smithsonian are collaborating to bring a summer activity guide, featuring puzzles, games and at-home activities, to K-8 learners. The 'Summer Road Trip' at-home activity guide, which includes bilingual Spanish/English language content, offers learners opportunities to explore topics in STEM, history and the arts. An e-edition of the guide is available across the USA TODAY NETWORK today. It can also be download on the Smithsonian's Learning Lab site, and copies are being distributed in select cities.

'As a kid, I would check out as many books as I could from my local library during the summer,' said Nicole Carroll, editor in chief of USA TODAY. 'I was able to visit so many different places through the stories. We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian to offer this same opportunity to kids across the country with this road trip learning guide.'

Using iconic collections from the Smithsonian museums, the guide encourages learners to engage in a range of 'road trip' activities, such as visiting an artist's gallery, exploring local cuisine, learning about the local wildlife and much more. 'Summer Road Trip' is specifically designed to provide activities that can be done without access to the internet or a computer.

'Educational materials based on Smithsonian research, collections and programming engage and inspire students and teachers across the nation,' said Lonnie Bunch, the Secretary of the Smithsonian. 'This guide will help the Smithsonian to not only reach every classroom in America, but also to share our resources beyond traditional places of learning and reach students where they are.'

'Education is central to the mission of the Smithsonian,' said Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, the head of education at the Smithsonian. 'As schools and summer camps across the country move to e-learning, we are focused on bridging the digital divide by providing more accessible resources for students and educators. We are excited to collaborate with the USA TODAY NETWORK to bring the fascinating content of the Smithsonian into homes around the country.'

An initial distribution of 75,000 copies of the 40-page print activity guide will be sent today to pick-up sites such as public libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Smithsonian affiliate museums in Washington, D.C., and several states, including Arizona, Indiana, Texas, Georgia and Virginia. Students and families can pick up copies of the guide for free.