Engage from Home: Online STEM Resources
Scientific discovery and exploration does not stop when schools are closed. Here are some ideas to continue developing your science skills at home:
Get to know your non-human neighbors
There are over 2 million species living on earth, and humans are just one of them! Take a look around your home and neighborhood, and see how many different types of living things you can identify. Here are some online guides that can help you in your exploration:
Run your own science experiments
Ask a question, design your experiment, and start collecting data! Nature serves as the best source of inspiration, but if you need more ideas check out the links below:
Play a science-based game
Play to learn, play to explore, or play to just have some fun!
- Killer Snails is offering some of their biology games for free through June 2020.
- Ology Games contains a variety of free games by American Museum of Natural History. Our favorites include Gutsy and Human Microbiome Minecraft Map.
- The Pack is an open-world video game, “where healthy ecosystems have faltered, water and food are scarce, and it’s up to you and your Pack to help fix the environment!” Created by NYSCI and Design I/O.
- Fantastic Contraption – A fun online physics puzzle game
Join a citizen science project
There are lots of big scientific research projects that need the participation of many people. You can be a part of figuring out the answer to a big question!
- Scistarter has hundreds of citizen science projects and a great search function that allows you to filter them by age groups, topics, whether you can do them online, etc.
- Zooniverse has a large selection of citizen science projects sorted by discipline.
- Examples of citizen science projects supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Take a virtual field trip
Expand your STEM knowledge
- Tune in to the BioBus YouTube channel every Thursday at 4PM EST for a live panel, where experienced scientists answer student questions. You can check the BioBus Town Halls page to learn the topic of the week and to submit your questions ahead of time.
- What’s the BioBuzz? A BioBus science journal making real research science more approachable to student readers.
- Ology is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History that has games, videos, hands-on activities, and stories on a variety of topics.
- LabXChange has a rich library of free, high-quality digital content on different science topics, as well as on college readiness and science career exploration.
- DNALC Live by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center offers live-streamed and archived lab demos, talks, and lectures for grades 5+ on molecular biology topics and more.
- At-home resources from NYSCI contain a variety of STEAM games, activities, and more.
- Science Time From Space lets you explore some key scientific concepts with astronauts on board the International Space Station.
- Discovery UK “How It’s Made” series
- Free resources for kids (and parents) now learning at home by Science News for Students
Online Learning Resource Libraries
Below are libraries of hundreds of online learning tools that have a large range of applications. Some of these libraries allow filtering resources by grade level, subject, and other criteria to help you find ones that best meet your needs and interests.
- Online Learning Resources by Digital Promise
- Sortable by all subjects, all grades, all media
- Free Tech for Learning by Learning Keeps Going
- Sortable directory of online learning platforms
- Resource Directory for Online Instruction – older version of the directory; for those who prefer going through spreadsheets
- Amazing Educational Resources
- List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings
- 250+ Amazing Online Learning Resources by We Are Teachers
- Resources, sorted by grade, with descriptions
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections by MCN
- Lists of virtual museums, libraries, collections, and other online resources, including a list of e-learning resources created for kids
More Resources for Parents & Educators
- RTOL – Rapid Transition to Online Learning by The Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences
- Free one-hour online teaching course, mostly for K-12, aiming to answer this question: “If a school had just one hour to prepare to teach remotely, what are the most essential things the school leader, IT managers, and teachers would need to know and do?”
- This news article describes the components.
- RockEDU Online
- Resources for Educators: The Secret World Inside You by American Museum of Natural History
- The Secret World Inside You” educator’s guide
- Science & literacy activities for grades 3-12
- BHL Resources to Support Distance Learning by Biodiversity Heritage Library
- Free and open online access to over 250,000 volumes from the 15th-21st centuries on a wide range of biodiversity subjects
- Pre-selected sets of materials on a variety of subjects
- A rich collection of over 160,000 free nature images
- Coloring books created from images in the BHL collection
- PBS Kids for Parents
- Many resources for parents of 2-8 year-olds, including educational shows and games, as well as a well-curated Learn & Grow section organized by age and developmental skills.
- BrainPOP is offering free access for schools and families impacted by school closures.
- JoVE free access to educational science videos through June 15
- Minecraft – Education Edition
- National Emergency Library (New Yorker write up)
- Learn Around The World
- 50 Brain Breaks for Kids by We Are Teachers
- Quick, easy activities to help kids re-energize, refocus and give their brains a boost
- Remote Learning Resources by ASD Nest Support Project
- Resources for families and educators of students on the autism spectrum
- Take-Home Activities and Professional Development and A Resource For Parents & Families by Aperture Education
- Resources for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)