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Distance Learning Resources/Opportunities for Science

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Distance Learning Resources/Opportunities for Science

We are all working on finding our way in these extraordinary times. The following table lists resources that may be of use for teachers, students, and parents looking for information and activities in science distance learning. Right now we are focusing on resources that are offered free (at least for the duration of the C-19 distance learning mandates). Be sure to keep checking back for additions/edits. If you have a resource that you would like to include, email

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Intended Audience Grade Span Description Link Comments
Teachers, students, parents K-12 San Diego County Office of Education Google doc of science resources – LOTS If any of the resources from this list are particularly good please add them as individual links to this doc
Teachers, students, parents K-12 Microsoft Minecraft has created free educational content in Minecraft Marketplace free through June 2020 Office365 education account required
Teachers K-12 Online Science Laboratories and Resources Click here  Resources for a various fields of science and grade levels
Students, parents 7-10 Mission Unstoppable – 6 Science Experiments You Can Do At Home Simple, fun, quite a bit of science in the explanations
Teachers 9-12 LabXchange, a Harvard initiative funded by the Amgen Foundation, is offering the best of digital science education available free through a flexible, interactive online platform that promotes teaching, community and collaboration. This is great for biotech!! Tons of virtual lab simulations!!
Students, parents 2-8 Elementary Institute of Science – Teaching Science at Home
Students, parents 7-10 Mission Unstoppable Shows: Mission Unstoppable is an educational and informational television series produced for children ages 13-16 that celebrates women who have become superstars in STEM-related careers On CBS All Access
Students, parents 3-8 The Fleet Science Center invites you to connect to the power of science through FLEETtv! Welcome to an exciting place where you can have fun with experiments, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes interviews, bloopers and more, all from the comfort of your home.
Teachers K-12 Support from Google on using Google platforms in online instruction
Teachers, parents, students K-8 50 Easy Science Experiments You Can Do With Household Items (most of these have links to additional teaching resources!) Experiments with common household items
Teachers, students, parents all Science experiments, podcasts and more Experiments with common household items
Students K-12 The FabFems role model database is the perfect place to find women in STEM who are passionate about acting as role models. Search the database by zip code, field of interest, and more! Once you’ve found a role model that fits what you’re looking for, if the role model is willing to be contacted, you’ll see a green contact button below their profile picture.
Students, parents PK-3 The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
Students, parents All Virtual tours and more from the National Park Service
Students, parents All Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
Teachers, students, parents 1-8 Switch Zoo: Play games and learn all about animals, has teacher resources for lessons
Teachers, students, parents 1-8 plus HS math 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens
Students, parents 1-8 Geography and animals, also has science experiments, homework help and more – from National Geographic
Teachers, students 9-12 American Chemical Society
Teachers, students 9-12 Biology simulations with available lessons
Teachers, students 6-12 Lessons for math and science
Students, parents K-9 Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home Great at-home demo ideas with common household items
Teachers 9-12 Playmada Games: Science learning games that put content and pedagogy first
Teachers, parents K-5 Mystery Science: short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
Teachers, students, parents K-12 Resource library of science resources for activities and lessons – searchable
Teachers, students 7-12 Free videos and free resources for teachers
Teachers, parents K-12 Khan Academy remote learning resources
Parents K-5 80+ do at home science activities
Students, parents 3-12 Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own
Teachers K-12 Interactive science lab and math simulations from University of Colorado
Teachers K-12 Interactive STEM activities from the Concord Consortium
Teachers 6-8 The Science Spot – lessons for learning from home – lessons that can be completed with or without internet access
Teachers, parents 6-8 Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school
Students, parents K-6 Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
Students, parents 5-9 Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
Teachers, students, parens 6-12 All about cells
Teachers, parents PK-12 Smithsonian list of on-line learning resources for science – google doc Science PK-12 If any of the resources from this list are particularly good please add them as individual links to this doc
Parents PK-5 No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen
Students, Parents 3-8 This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
Teachers, parents K-8 Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students. Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field, to tackle big questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?
Teachers, students 9-12 Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth, interactive models and detailed explanations
Parents PK-5 Simple science experiments you can do at home
Teachers, students 9-12 DNA Dots – Simple explanations of modern genetic technologies
Teachers K-12 Support from Microsoft for transitioning to remote learning
Teachers 9-12 NABT is proud to make the entire archive of The American Biology Teacher freely available until June 30th.
Teachers, parents How to set up Zoom for parent and students
Teachers, parents all Here’s The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
Teachers all 4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online | Edutopia
Teachers, parents 6-12 USA Science and Engineering Festival video archive
Teachers, students 6-12 NPR – How to Make a Podcast. National student podcast challenge, entries due May 1st!
Teachers K-12 Apple’s Home Education Series. How to’s in for all the video and online classroom magic you’re craving.
Teachers, students 5-8 NASA’s STEM activities for the home.
Teachers, parents K-12 TEDEd’s Newsletter. Handful of age-specific engaging lessons, each day.
Teachers, students, parents Pre – K-12 National Geographic’s resource library: videos, lessons, maps for every subject in their library.
Teachers, students 9-12 How do viruses spread through a population?
Teachers, students 1-5 Oceans Institute: virtual marine biology camp, live every TUE & THR, 11PM PST
Students, parents 4-9 News articles, activities and more for at-home learning
Teachers 9-12 Science News in high school educator resources Log in with any email – free
Teachers 9-12 Free biology videos from the world’s leading scientists, with over 25 Nobel laureates. Talks include research and educational materials.
Teachers 9-12 Pasco Scientific – home learning resources for HS science
Teachers, parents all TED talks specifically for students – all ages, all subjects, includes supplemental discussion materials
Teachers, students 6-12 San Diego Zoo: For the next 8 weeks, as part of our efforts to support the community during the ongoing pandemic, middle & high school teachers & students can gain access to 22 free online animal courses.
Teachers, parents, students 4-12 Dyson has created 44 engineering and science activities for students to try out while at home, from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti. Great example with video found in this article:
Teachers 9-12 Annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials
Teachers 6-12 miniPCR – Educator resources
Teachers, students 6-12 Downloadable PDF coloring pages by
Parents all Know Your DNA – review site of various commercially available DNA testing kits
Teachers, Students 6-12 All sorts of fun neuroscience experiments
Teachers, Students, Parents 6-12 Easy at home experiments on relflexes that involve data collection, observation, and experimentation basics!
Teachers, Students, Parents K-8 “Stay Home Science Fair” open for K-8 kids to put together a 1-5 minute video about a science project they are doing at home Prizes are awesome!
Teachers, Parents K-12 This resource is a hub for educators and beginning learners to the skill of coding.