Educational Resources for Families
The public health crisis unfolding around COVID-19 has led to many adults needing to wear multiple hats: teacher, parent, employee, etc. UT Southwestern would like to share some of the engaging activities and academic resources available to parents and guardians to help meet the educational needs of children at home during this unprecedented time.
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National Children’s Museum
The National Children’s Museum has collected an extensive list of various activities kids can do while at home, along with a list of free resources for parents and educators, including as how to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 with children.
Nepris is giving every parent, student, and educator unlimited access to their live industry chats and video library so students can continue learning from home. With playlists available by grade level, children can easily find sessions in any subject, hear directly from experts on how it applies in the real world, join virtual tours, and even learn about exciting career possibilities.
Nature & Wildlife
Don’t let being indoors hinder an adventurous spirit! Go to the National Geographic Educational Resource Library to explore and learn more about the world. Online resources and curriculum are available for all age ranges, from pre-K through 12th grade. Families can also sign up for the Explorer Classroom Daily Broadcasts aired every weekday.
World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund is connecting educators and parents with tools to helps kids continue exploration of the natural world through their educational guides and activities. Some of the exciting toolkit topics include sea turtle conservation, food waste warrior, elephants, and biodiversity.
Sports & Media
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Being an organization whose main goal is to improve gender representation in film, TV and streaming services, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) has created an educational children’s program in collaboration with PBS titled “Guess Who?” Videos can be found on YouTube or the GDIGM website with parent and teacher resources to spark discussions with kids!
NBC News Learn
The Olympics may have been postponed, but you can still watch what it takes to be an Olympic and Paralympic athlete in NBC Learn’s 10-part video series, “Changing the Games.” Athletes such as Katie Ledecky and Haley Anderson discuss how they achieve success, as well as the factors – and people – that play a role in their accomplishments.
U.S. Soccer Federation
Not only are the U.S. Women’s Soccer players worth watching, but so are the people behind the curtain making sure the team stays healthy. Check out U.S. Soccer Women in STEM to see profiles and videos of some of the remarkable women in STEM supporting U.S. Soccer, including a sport scientist, the senior manager of sports medicine, and athletic trainers.
The Ad Council’s She Can STEM campaign provides many resources featuring women paving the way in STEM. Check out the She Can STEM YouTube channel for videos of DIY projects, young girls interviewing pioneers in STEM, and more!
American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador Anamita Guha and the QiSkit Community team have created an engaging and fun Quantum Activity Pack for kids to learn about quantum computing at home. Many other Ambassadors are producing educational content and we will be posting additional links on the IF/THEN website.
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas are offering resources for all children, from a virtual field trip at the STEM Center of Excellence to at-home STEM activities through Camp Invention. Stay up to date on daily activities by following their Facebook page. Current Girl Scouts can also still earn patches at home through the Digital Do Gooder Patch Program!
Girls Who Code
Closing the gap of gender in technology and changing the image of what a programmer looks like can begin at home with Girls Who Code online computer science educational activities. Each week, activities of varying difficulty levels will be released and can be downloaded for free.
Add Goldie Blox’s Fast Forward Girls series on YouTube to your list of things to watch. Each episode features an aspiring young female meeting two professional women working in STEM who show just how transformative a STEM career can be, and then choosing one of the women to be her mentor for life.
Want to learn about some of the leading female STEM stars? Watch the new CBS show hosted by Miranda Cosgrove, Mission Unstoppable, airing every Saturday morning. Episodes feature women in STEM in a variety of fields from robots to sharks and astronauts to ice cream. Be sure to visit the Mission Unstoppable YouTube channel to find more short features on women in STEM and DIY experiments.
New York Hall of Science
New York Hall of Science has created a digital interactive comic book, “Transmissions Gone Viral,” to help middle school students understand how diseases can spread in an entertaining and informative format. They also provide a resource guide for parents and educators to use as curriculum.
Learn how STEM intersects with sports in the entertaining miniseries “STEM Meets Sports,” produced by SheIS. This series tells the stories of women in a variety of professions who are all involved in sports at varying levels.
Skype a Scientist
Calling all group leaders, teachers, and families – Have you ever wanted to Skype a Scientist? Well, now you can! Just complete the form on their website, and they’ll match you with a scientist who will suggest a good time to connect. You will then be able to have a one-on-one Q&A session with a scientist. There are also classroom lesson plans and resources available to help guide the student’s lesson.
Teach for America
Need help talking to students about coronavirus or learning how to be a great virtual teacher? Teach For America has created a document to help support the nation’s communities during this time, and has compiled a comprehensive list and wide variety of helpful resources.