25 Resources For Online Learning

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Helping to keep your students’ minds active during quarantine.

We are in an unprecedented time in history. COVD-19 has closed public venues (including schools) and forced us all inside. While it’s nice to get extra time with our families, our kiddos still need something to keep their minds engaged. 

The educational system in the U.S. has been a bit behind in keeping up with new technology and the resources that are at our children’s disposal. Whereas we used to have to visit a library to get more information about a topic, now we have a handy device in our hands that has access to the world’s collective knowledge.  

Here at S2STEM, we believe that online learning is a great opportunity that in many ways has yet to be tapped. This is a unique chance to explore the world – from the comfort of our homes! 

 

Here are 9 benefits to online learning: 

  1. A large variety of topics to choose from 
  2. Develop self-discipline 
  3. You can work at your own pace 
  4. You are better able to concentrate 
  5. You can customize your environment 
  6. You can customize your curriculum 
  7. Review course materials repeatedly 
  8. Study what most interests you 
  9. More in-depth learning opportunities 

 

There are many resources available online to learn about anything and everything that sparks an interest for your child. 

Here is a list of STEM resources that you and your student can take a look at while you’re looking for something to do! 

 

STEM Activities

  1. Artificial Intelligence Activities (4th – 8th grade) – We have used these simple computer science curriculum in our afterschool programs and highly recommend them!  Technovation Families is a free, hands-on artificial intelligence education program that brings families together to learn, play and create with AI. Each lesson provides different concepts and activities that lead to the creation of a final project, an invention that solves a problem in their community using AI.
  2. Google Science Journal Experiments  (4th -12th grade)- Using the Science Journal app, turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound and more with simple experiments.
  3. Science Snacks (all ages) – These short hands-on science activities are quick, easy, and sure to puzzle the whole family.
  4. Movie Science (K-12)  – Activities, talking points, and worksheets to accompany major motion pictures. Also, take a look at Movie Sheets for printable worksheets to accompany movies and educational documentaries.
  5. Amazing Space Videos  (high school+) – NASA’s Goddard Media Studios have been busy assembling some great segments about our latest missions and some amazing images that our space explorers have captured.
  6. Code.org (3rd – 12th grade) has easy tutorials for students to learn and practice coding with tutorials that they can follow with or without parents’ help.
  7. Every Day Astronomy with Amy (all ages) – This site offers local astronomy information from El Paso’s very own NASA solar system ambassador.
  8. NASA Space Place (elementary) –  NASA has tons of space related activities and resources for your future astronauts.
  9. Highlights for Kids (elementary) – Young readers can explore has a mix of scientific explanation articles and experiments! The games and activities are also a great resource.
  10. Coronavirus Science Lessons (elementary) – the National Science Teacher’s Association has built a nice list of lessons to do at home with your kids all about the Coronavirus.  Middle school and high school lesson plans are also available here. Increased knowledge is one of the best weapons against anxiety and pandemic panic.
  11. Hands-on STEM Activities (elementary) – The National Informal STEM Education Network  have developed a variety of hands-on STEM activities designed for use in museums and science centers.  Most of these hands-on STEM activities listed below can be done with materials you may already have in your home.
  12. Maker Station Home Pack  (elementary) Targted design thinking challenges emphasizing skills in engineering, art, math, science, technology, and music.
  13. Amazon Future Engineer (middle school / high school) – Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online computer science classes for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.
  14. Space Foundation (K-8) Space Foundation partnered with Peanuts to create 10 lesson plans, all of which are available as free downloadable Adobe Acrobat .pdf files
  15. Vivfy STEM (all ages) List of Top Take-Home STEM Resources for School Closings

Outdoor Activities

  1. GLOBE Observer (all ages) – This is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. To participate, just download the GLOBE Observer app and submit regular observations.
  2. Globe at Night (all ages) – Dark skies are important.  Globe at night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. Don’t miss their March observation campaign for Gemini and Orion.

Virtual Field Trips

  1. Trips for Tots (3-7 years old) – The Waterford organization has compiled a great list of virtual trips for younger children.
  2. NASA’s 2020 Mars Missions (3rd – 10th grade) – Check out the latest simulations of our upcoming missions to Mars.
  3. Discovery Education (K-12) -Disocvery has a comprehensive list of excellent and sometimes interactive virtual field trips across the globe.

Arts & Crafts

  1. DIY Circuits, Robots, and More  (3th – 8th grade) – We’ve used many of these great computer science activities in our afterschool programs and especially recommend the self stopping robot.  Some materials are required for these activities, however most can be purchased on Amazon and we probably have extra in stock if you just need a few motors.
  2. Coloring Nature (all ages) – offers tons of free printable scientifically accurate coloring pages with categories include: biomes, anatomy, animals, plants and more.  We also recommend Open Culture which has free coloring books and pages from 113.
  3. Science Crafts and Games (3rd – 8th) – National Museum of Scotland features crafts with their virtual collections and online games including things like build a parasite, design a clinical trial, and dinosaurs.
  4. Creative Catapult (elementary) – great creativity boosting  arts and crafts activities than include light scientific content like chemical reactions and engineering design process.
  5. Space Collage (all ages) – in response to the sudden uptick in bored children and adults, NASA has made their entire photo collection free to all.  Gawk at these classic images and rearrange them to make your own collage.