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/
- Buffalo Museum of Science is hosting online STEAM activities and experiments: https://www.sciencebuff.org/event/virtual-science-fair/
- Explore and More Children’s museum suggests these family activities for preschool and early school age children: https://exploreandmore.org/programs/sanity-savers/.
- Junior Achievement of WNY has online STEM-related activities for K-12 students at: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/program-resources
- Spectrum to offer free broadband and WiFi to students without it: https://www.wkbw.com/news/national/coronavirus/spectrum-to-offer-free-broadband-and-wifi-to-students-without-it
- 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/
- WNED PBS KIDS channel is broadcasting a special Learn at Home schedule from 6 am - 6 pm daily. It is split in to grade bands and has accompanying suggested lesson plans and activities. See the STEM-related programs, such as SciGirls, NOVA etc.: https://www.wned.org/education-kids/learn-at-home/. Also, join the Facebook group, WNED PBS Parents & Teachers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1795326970565072/?source_id=86155421138
- Tinkercad is a free circuit drawing site with lessons for design and programming Arduino microcontrollers to do fun things.
- Learn to code at home with these activities at Code.org: https://code.org/athome.
- 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.
- Several organizations have created online field trips and educational resources that allow people to explore zoos, museums, and other exciting places while still staying safe. https://www.today.com/parents/try-these-virtual-field-trips-educational-fun-home-t176105
- Beloved children’s author Mo Willems has earned rockstar status with parents. With schools closed around the country because of the coronavirus, Willems has launched a “Lunch Doodles” livestream video series. Each weekday at 1 p.m. EST, he’ll release a new episode on the Kennedy Center’s website. https://www.today.com/parents/parents-grateful-lunch-doodles-mo-willems-videos-t176180
- 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.
- Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/scholastic-coronavirus-students-trnd/index.html
- 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/.
- These online science activities are easy for parents to use at home: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
- Find innovative online experiences for K-12 students that stimulate interest in medical science here: https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/sepa-teaching-resources/
- BrainPop is a playful learning platform featuring games, animated movies and activities on numerous topics. Register here.
- Wide Open School provides multiple resources for learning at home: https://wideopenschool.org/.
- Carnegie Stem Girls: https://carnegiestemgirls.org/stem-activities/activities/
- 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/
- This calendar of online experiences is for learners of all ages: https://sites.google.com/gcsny.org/digitalexperiencecalendar/home.
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