Kids are spending more time inside these days — but thanks to the miracles of technology, they can still get some education from outside the house!

Updated: April 10, 2020

Resources to help with your K-12 students

  • Buffalo and Erie County Public Library provided an audio catalog with more than 1000 Buffalo & Chautauqua recordings. https://buffalo.overdrive.com/
         
  • Thimble has launched live, online workshops for kids to build some of their electronics kits while at home. The workshops are instructor-led and are spread out over 2 weeks. (Please note: signing up is free but they do charge a fee for their kits.) For more information visit: https://www.thimble.io/remote-learning-covid19/
   
  • Tinkercad is a free circuit drawing site with lessons for design and programming Arduino microcontrollers to do fun things.
   
  • Code Break is a weekly live-interactive classroom. Episode 1 featured Hill Harper when students joined in real-time from every U.S. state, and from as far as India, Argentina, and Greece. Next week, we'll welcome not one but two special guests: entrepreneur, CEO, and “shark”, Mark Cuban, as well as model, actress, and software developer, Lyndsey Scott.  Students will pitch app ideas, and the audience will pick their favorite for us to rapid-prototype. Sign up to join each week's classroom and to receive weekly activities and unique opportunities to participate interactively in the episode.
 
  • Amazon Future Engineer is offering a virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block-based coding to high school with text-based coding.  Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music STEMs that students can remix from home using code.  To access these programs, go to amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses to sign up and to check out more free computer science programming being added by the Amazon Future Engineer team.
   
  • Resources for K-12 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation newsletter: These websites have resources that can be accessed by parents and students at home. Many provide instructions on how to use them if schools are closed.
   
  • Bedtime Math is a national nonprofit that ignites kids’ curiosity and learning by unleashing the fun in math. It offers playful online math problems for parents to do with their kids every day, as well as lively hands-on games.  See:  http://bedtimemath.org/.
     
  • BrainPop is a playful learning platform featuring games, animated movies and activities on numerous topics. Register here.
     
  • The League of Young Inventors is building a series of FREE online projects for families to make and build at home. The first project, a marble run from our Not-So-Simple Machines unit exploring inclined planes, is live here: http://yileague.org/online/
 

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