During this unprecedented time, science museums throughout the Bay Area have closed their doors to visitors, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped teaching and innovating. Remote learning has become even more important in a time when our communities are sheltering in place, and many are offering an abundance of resources for feeding curiosity and creativity from home.
The California Academy of Sciences has launched Academy @ Home – whether you’re searching for STEM activities for the kids or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, they have an eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to encourage continuous learning. They are also hosting virtual Nightlife events on select Thursday evenings. The Academy’s iNaturalist app is also a great way to connect with nature while staying home or practicing social distancing. Bay Nature recently shared a video on how to use iNaturalist, along with a social distancing-approved reading list and other indoor nature activities.
The Exploratorium has also launched a vast online learning program to create an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception. Explore their vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity, or check out their education resources that support online teaching and learning.
If building, making and creating are of interest, the Tech Interactive has put together a collection of fun and easy activities for parents and educators, including a roller coaster design challenge. They are also offering virtual field trips if you want to check out some of their exhibits from the safety of your home.
The Chabot Space & Science Center takes us out of this world to explore and learn more about the Universe with various activities and videos through their Learning Launchpad.
To explore science in your kitchen, backyard and more, The Lawrence is providing live stream and video programs as part of Lawrence at Home. They are also offering resources related to the science of COVID-19, which can help answer pressing questions and hopefully provide a sense of clarity during these uncertain times.
Science museums are an integral part of the Bay Area’s special character, and they continue to help communities to innovate and learn, even during challenging and uncertain times.