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Resources and Activities for STEM in the Home

If you’re interested in engaging in fun and challenging STEM activities in your home with your friends and family, be sure to check back here for updated tips and resources that you can use on your own.

Daily & Weekly Activities

  • Weekly STEM Challenges  – Every Wednesday we will post a new STEM challenge for you to complete, ranging in topic from engineering to coding challenges. You can do them alone, with a friend, with family, or in a classroom. You may submit a video of your work, and each week we will post the best of the videos we receive each week on our channel.
  • Discovery K12 – Looking for some good ol’ fashioned homeschooling curriculum. We got you covered!
  • Freedom Homeschooling – You want some more curriculum? Coming right up!
  • Girls Who Code at Home – We’re proud to announce Girls Who Code at Home, a weekly series of resources to keep up your learning at home, and ideas on how to stay busy and—most importantly—brave.
  • Khan Academy – Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers daily schedules for math, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
  • National History Museum Research Quest – Research Quest is a free digital online platform aimed at middle school students that provides supplemental science education and critical thinking opportunities using research and objects from the Natural History Museum of Utah’s collections. Offered weekdays beginning at 9:30 am MDT.
  • Repertory Dance Theater – Dance lessons? On a STEM page?? Why not! Try some hands-on physiology lessons with these online dance lessons, hosted each night by the Dance Center on Broadway.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home – Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
  • STEM Ecosystems COVID-19 Resources – The SLECoP is organizing a series of webinars for parents, educators, school administrators and anyone who have students in their care. These webinars are intended to help them with practical tips they can employ for how to keep their children engaged and learning with STEM at Home.
  • Take a Code Break – Code.org is launching Code Break — a live weekly webcast where our team will teach your children at home while school is closed, and a weekly challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers. You can tune into these webinars on Wednesdays at 11 am MDT.
  • Talk Sharks with a Marine Biologist – Dr. David Shiffman is a marine conservation biolgoist that how to protect sharks! Use the link above to register for his Q&A that takes place on Friday, March 27 at 1:00 PM MST.

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Games & Media

  • ABCYa Games – Check out hundreds of spelling, grammar, and language arts games for your PreK-6th grade kids.
  • Fun Brain Math Zone – There’s no better way to make math fun than with these interactive math games.
  • Hour of Code – Try one-hour coding tutorial games designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code!
  • NASA Images – Looking to get away from it all? There’s no better way to expand your horizons than through the telescopic cameras of NASA! How about checking out some pictures of Jupiter?
  • National Geographic Kids – Check out the world of National Geographic through the eyes of a child, with tons of interactive games, videos, and animals for your kids to explore!
  • Starfall Education Games – Covering language arts, math, and spelling, these games are for PreK-3rd grade kids.
  • Switch Zoo Animal Games – Want to visit the zoo from your home? Check out these animal games and puzzles, listen to animals perform music, watch a dog’s dream, build your biome or even your own new animal!

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Learning at Home

  • Audible – This online audiobook program has just made hundreds of book recordings free for your students, including “Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry”, narrated by LeVar Burton.
  • Leonardo – Leo at Home provides resources and educational materials for students, teachers, parents, and our community to help keeping Utah engaging with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math beyond the walls of our museum.
  • PBS Learning – Check out PBS for a host of free resources in all subjects for all ages!
  • Scientific America Bring Science Home – As the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try these fun science activities, which parents and their kids (ages 6-12) can do together with household items in just a half-hour or less.
  • STEAM Art Projects for Kids Pinterest – Ever heard of STEAM? It’s STEM with art thrown in the middle. For those feeling brave, jump into Pinterest to find creative new ideas to bring STEM and art together.
  • STEM Projects for Kids who Love Art – What’s that? You want more STEAM? You’re in luck!!
  • We Are Teachers – Looking for great STEM reading (or just general teaching) resources? Check out We Are Teachers online!
  • 100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids – Remember when you told your kids not to play with their food? This is the time for exceptions!

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Virtual Trips & Tours

  • Adventures in Familyhood: 20 Virtual Trips – Kids getting restless? Take them on one of twenty virtual field trips!
  • The Art Newspaper – The Art Newspaper has put together some impressive landmarks, including a palatial Russian Museum and the Google Arts and Culture Tour (that one will take you a while to complete).
  • Virtual Museum Tours – Check out 30 virtual museum tours, including the US National Space and Rocket Museum, the Great Wall of China, and even Mars!

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For general guidelines to success in online learning:KQED – 5 Ways to Combat Isolation and Loneliness in Online Learning