Will we be doing more e-Teaching and e-Learning in the future, even when the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us? E-Learning is useful for snow days, and has worked in the past for homebound students; some K-12 educators are embracing it. Teachers and students in higher education have been using it successfully; the term was coined in 1999, and it appears that it was happening a couple of decades prior to that. For now, at-home resources may be useful to you during this challenging, and possibly transitional, time in education. Here we list some that we feel are useful:
DiscoverE Engineering STEAM activities, some that can be done at school, some at home with minimal materials and altered instructions. Examples: Design and build a mobile that warns birds away from a window or a building, Windy City Tower, Step Launcher, Keep an Ice Cube from Melting. Categorized by grade level.
DuPage Children’s Museum Build a Bridge, Wings and Things, Sound all Around, and three more. Forty-five-minute labs, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned for grades 1–4, to spark curiosity, promote critical thinking and problem solving.
Exploratorium This San Francisco science museum has hands-on “Science Snacks,” teacher-tested activities for classroom and home. With inexpensive, easily-available materials, and detailed instructions, these are adaptable to a range of curricula, content areas, and grade levels.
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago’s own, for at-home activities, check out their Learning Labs: Mission to Mars, Forensics – Chromatography, and Building Bridges. Jr. Science Cafes feature videos with STEM professionals.
SCARCE Teaching about Air, Water, Energy, Resource Conservation, or Soil? This well-known organization in DuPage County has an online library of videos and downloadable materials to enable students’ remote learning. Curriculum materials follow NGSS.
Science Buddies Packed with info, this site offers hands-on resources for school and home: activities, interactive tools, videos, and career info.