Project Description


Navigation North led research, design and development for the Smithsonian Learning Lab where educators and learners can search, organize and curate over 1 million unique digital objects to create custom learning collections.


The Smithsonian wanted to engage in a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across their 19 museums, 9 major research centers, and the National Zoo could be better used for learning. Navigation North assisted by connecting with teachers and classrooms to develop prototypes and examine the types of tools and features best-suited for classroom use.


The Smithsonian Learning Lab provides educators and learners a place to search, organize and curate over 1 million unique digital objects to create and share custom learning collections.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

“Chosen as our lead development agency, Navigation North quickly became our educational thought partner for the Smithsonian Learning Lab.”

– Darren Milligan
Senior Digital Strategist
Center for Learning and Digital Access at Smithsonian Institution

Below is Navigation North Director of Education Brian Ausland leading a workshop with students exploring the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Smithsonian Learning Lab - Brian Ausland

The Smithsonian Learning Lab received recognition on the Top Ten Tech 2016 list from the School Library Journal.

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