The Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the science classroom, helping to bridge the gap between textbook curriculum and exciting new research developments.
Each autumn, leading scientists come to HHMI headquarters, where they speak to an audience of high school students from around the greater Washington, D.C., region. The annual two-day event is an energetic celebration of science, with hands-on activities, lectures, discussion, and lively exchanges between students, teachers, and scientists. The live event is the foundation for a whole range of resources that are nationally distributed to teachers, reaching an audience of millions of students.
Over the more than 15-year history of the program, Holiday Lectures have covered evolution, earth science, virology, and biodiversity, among other topics. The lectures are broadcast live and also made freely available online at BioInteractive.org and on DVD, which can be ordered for free through HHMI’s Order Materials page.
To complement the Holiday Lectures and enhance their usefulness in the classroom, HHMI also produces a wide range of free science education materials, including classroom activities and lesson plans, interactive online modules, animations, apps, and virtual laboratories—all available at BioInteractive.org.