To help kids cope with the stress of shelter-in-place, educators can use free online resources provided by the scientific community as an effective tool not only to provide classroom instruction but also to bring kids together through fun class projects.
Science is Fun
Explore: Kids are natural explorers. Presenting new science challenges will stir their inner scientist and will set them off to explore the science landscape more. Learning Science concepts through fun interactive tools can help students understand the complex topics better.
Build: Help kids choose simple STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects with easily available materials at home. Working on projects with their class improves student engagement. Every Time they finish a project, it will give them a sense of accomplishment and makes them look forward to more fun projects in the future .
Present: Students can be encouraged to work in groups to publish a weekly science e-book after working on their projects. Showcasing their work to their fellow classmates will help them take pride in their work.
Virtual Field Trips Available 24/7
Shelter-at-home presents an opportunity for kids to travel the universe at the comfort of their home. Together with their class, kids can take virtual cosmic field trips to distant planets, learn about Earth science, make underwater discoveries, explore the volcanoes of the world and learn much more using our curated list of live webcams, audio and video libraries.
Post written by Lavanya Balamurali, SJPL