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Looking Back: Outstanding Blog Posts from Former Teacher in Residence Trey Smith

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2015-16 Library of Congress Science Teacher in Residence Trey Smith

As we prepare for the arrival of the Library’s 2016-17 Teacher in Residence, we thought we would take a look back at some outstanding posts from our previous Teachers in Residence.

We know that 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence Trey Smith has now returned to the classroom, this time as a student working on his doctorate in education. Here are a few of Trey’s blog posts on Primary Sources in Science Classrooms:

Invasive Species and Historic Newspapers
Explore the impact of invasive species and see how communities deal with changes in the ecosystem, biodiversity and environmental stability.

Dimensions of Water Quality
Co-written with June Teisan, 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, this blog post explores how people historically dealt with water quality issues and how these issues were depicted in the community.

Communicating Between Continents with Cables and Code
Learn about the laying of the first transatlantic communications cable and its impact in history and the present day.

Concussions, A Century of Controversy and Football
Scientists have been working on ways to help football players avoid head injuries in football for nearly a century. How can the work of the past guide today’s solutions?

Electric auto at re-charging station, 1919
Electric auto at re-charging station, 1919

Electric Cars, Energy and Engineering
What was the impact of electric cars on transportation and how can they help students explore real world energy and engineering principles?

Computer Science and Programming with Punched Cards parts 1 and 2
See how early computer technology helped facilitate the development of weaving fabrics and the larger world of manufacturing.

Mapping the Ocean Floor parts 1 and 2
Learn about Marie Tharp and her work in mapping the ocean floor, technologies that helped her work, and discussions on continental drift.

If you want to see more of Trey’s blog posts use the search box on the left side of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog page. And let us know in the comments what you would like to see in future blog posts.


  1. Trey Smith created engaging and powerful posts. The information in each post displays his dedication to his research and desire to inspire, inform, and challenge teachers. Thank you for highlighting his work, as it will continue to inspire and enlighten.

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