Coronavirus & Remote Learning
Updated: Free Science Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak
(Updated June 8) Educational technology companies and organizations have come forward to help educators virtualize STEM and STEAM experiences to students during COVID-19 closings. The following is a list of the free scientific resources for PreK-12. This will be updated regularly as announcements are made. (If you know of a company to be included on this list, please send details to [email protected].)
The American Museum of Natural History shares a range of online content that teachers and families can use during Virus Days. This includes the “OLogy” science website with lessons on topics from anthropology to zoology; Online collection of science curricula; virtual visits to the museum through its YouTube channel; and massive online open museum courses offered through Coursera. https://www.amnh.org/explore
Reinforce has created a range of K-8 distance learning reading and science experiences that are free and easy to use at home. https://freeresources.amplify.com/
University of Arizona has released access to three free educational resources that operate for K-12. The first two are “Ask a Anthropologist” and “Ask a Biologist”. Activities include teacher toolkits with lesson ideas, podcasts with transcripts and videos showing the scientists in action, articles, puzzles, experiments, and the ability for students to ask expert questions. The third is “Virtual Excursions”, which offers 18 virtual trips with photos, explanations, short videos and maps. While the trips can be viewed on a computer, they are brought to life through a virtual reality headset that enables 360-degree viewing.
The Carnegie Science Center launched an online educator resources page for students in K-12. The page includes links to lesson plans for simple science experiments that early learners can conduct, videos of behind-the-scenes sessions at the centre’s field station, do-it-yourself videos for maker science projects, and an educator’s guide to lessons on how to An engineering theme and a “STEM for Social Good” toolkit that can be used by middle and high school students looking to initiate social change. The resources are expanded weekly. https://carnegiesciencecenter.org/educators/online-educator-resources/
Carolina Biological Supply Company has curated a range of free science learning resources grouped by grade level (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12). In each group there are grading-specific instructions, links to multimedia and interdisciplinary activities that can facilitate scientific projects in the backyard using household materials. https://www.carolina.com/xm/service-updates?intid=hp_hero_serviceupdates