About the event
With everyone being asked to stay at home as much as possible, science communicators and institutions across the world over have stepped up to showcase their online resources for all sectors of society.
We’ve put together this curated directory of resources for teachers and educators. Here’s a summary of what you can find on our list:
Computer Science and Engineering – learning Resources and apps that make it easy for students to learn coding online.
Digital Learning Activities - learning platforms where it all happens online; maths learning lends itself particularly well to this.
Science Organisations - featuring images, articles and videos from some of the most iconic and prestigious science institutions in the world, as well as some local Scottish gems.
Live Learning – live edutainment for kids to help people take part at home.
Science Education Websites – resources designed specifically for teachers, with resources for CPD, ideas for activities, and whole online lessons. This section is for anyone looking for support to science educate at home.
You can also follow #sciencefromhome on Twitter for inspiration and ideas for home science from all over the world.
Each section is in alphabetical order. Our absolute favourites from this list are marked with **
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Computer Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, based in Pennsylvania, has made its "Computer Science Academy," available for free online. This is an interactive high school Computer Science curriculum designed by two Computer Science Professors in dialogue with local teachers. CS1 is their year-long flagship course, with 120 hours of instruction and a "robust introduction" to coding with Python through graphics and animations. This course is available to educators with teacher accounts. CS0 is a "lite" version, which includes about 40 hours of instruction and is intended for secondary school, out-of-school programs and summer camp settings.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is running a free massive open online course (MOOC) aimed at female students ages 8 to 17 on "Aviation is Your Future." The online program runs for nine weeks, from March 16th through to May 31st, and requires a total of about six hours of time. The class is self-paced. The contents were produced by the University's Woman in Aviation International Chapter. Coverage includes a rundown on aviation terminology, aspects of flight such as lift and gravity, the major parts of the airplane, how a helicopter works and why space exploration is important.
Dinosaur enthusiasts can download the Palaolab app to explore famous dinosaur skeletons and have loads of dinosaur facts at their fingertips. The Windows 10 version is available to teachers for free.
A UK website following the English curriculum, Sparx is making its Maths virtual classroom available free to schools during this time. Sparx Maths has been adapted to help teachers build online secondary school math lessons that can be delivered through a streaming channel of the teacher’s choice. The platform includes a "bank" of 2,000 learning objectives. As students complete their classroom online, it's automatically marked. Teachers can monitor the progress of every student in real-time, including whether students have joined the lesson and who might be struggling.
Tech We Can is a set of free, simple lesson plans originally set up to be taught by teachers in the classroom but now available for teaching at home. The lessons are aimed at ages 10-13, are all mapped to the English National Curriculum and focus on the use of technology in everyday lives. Lesson packs are themed, from the environment, to manufacturing and engineering, to entertainment and art.
Digital Learning Activities
Age of Learning is offering one-month-free trials to ABCmouse, an online learning resource for ages 2 to 8 containing over 850 lessons from across the curriculum. Adventure Academy is open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under. It's based on the US curriculum but would also be relevant to UK learners.
Labster, which provides virtual laboratory simulations for high school students, has made its software free in response to current circumstances. Some 100 virtual lab experiments cover biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and general sciences, which students can perform "at their own pace." To understand the value of scientists being able to practise techniques in a well-equipped virtual laboratory first before doing them in the real lab, watch Labster founder Michael Bodekaer's enthusiastic TED Talk about his innovative product here.
Carol Vorderman fronts this Primary curriculum Maths website published by Pearson that is beautifully presented and easy to use. There is substantial free content available at the moment; children can watch videos to revise topics they have covered in school and then play online games to interactively practise.
Navigate through a fantasy world while solving an array of maths challenges tailored to the player's ability in this fun online game. It is free to sign up and then you can pay to upgrade.
The American Museum of Natural History is sharing a wealth of online content for teachers during lockdown, includes the bright and easy to navigate OLogy science website designed for kids, with online lessons on subjects from anthropology to zoology and activities to do at home; online science curriculum collections; and a massive open, online course library for educators called Seminars on Science.
An organisation to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of science. Their collated list of links for Primary school resources could last teachers the rest of their professional lives! They also have Secondary school resources here.
These science activities are based on real-world applications of biochemistry and so are very relevant to the real world. Students can recreate bioluminescence to help study the structure of cells and investigate the ethics of editing genes. These activities are more suitable for a home-schooling environment, or for when teachers and their students can get back to the classroom.
The STEM Engagement section of NASA's website is packed with online games, educational videos about the science and history of space exploration, and science activities to try at home. Activities for 10 - 13-year-olds (Grades 5-8 in the US system), including building a cardboard Mars rover and making an edible model of the Sun, are here. Resources for 14 – 17-year-olds (Grades 9–12) include a rocket investigation, downloadable printable paper models and 3D printing links.
Educators and home-learners can navigate the Royal Society of Chemistry's authoritative resource bank. The short explanatory videos for primary and secondary kids are inspiring and easy to follow.
Scottish Primary teacher Liam Sturrock has compiled a 44-page document listing digital learning resources available by subject, and a list of live online shows for kids. Stay in touch through his teacher Twitter to be kept updated.
Theatre of Science is run by science communicator Lara who crafts interactive science lessons for Primary school children. Visit the Theatre of Science Facebook page for timings of live science lessons.
Science Education Websites
Aimed at children aged 4–13, kids are guided through presentations on topics such as Weather & Climate, Waves & Energy, Palaeontology and Evolution by a science presenter and practise their observation and reasoning skills.
A free educational resource for schools but can also be enjoyed by home learners. Zoom in and out from pictures taken using a powerful microscope, using your detective skills identify objects in "Prints" here; look carefully for differences between animals and then consider their evolution and adaptation to their habitats in "Odd one out" here.
This glossy science education website has a full schedule of fully resourced video science lessons made in partnership with the US National Science Teachers Association and is aligned with English science curriculum. The TV-quality videos filmed in professional studios in the US inspire and instruct young learners, and come with discussion questions for educators, downloadable lesson plans, teachers guides and instruction sheets for loads of home activities. It is a paid-for service but pricing has been restructured to make it more accessible for home learners at this time.
Museums and galleries the world over may have temporarily close their doors to the public, but you can still explore the fascinating contents of over 2000 institutions worldwide at the mind-blowing resource of Google Arts and Culture. The scope of this project is vast. Marvel at the tallest real dinosaur skeleton in the world. Explore the history of maritime navigation. Investigate the relationship between humans and technology. Study ancient Maya civilisation.
Great Minds has made free recorded learning resources available, including daily instructional videos for their EurekaMaths programme (ages 4 - 18) and Science for Upper Primary School level. The organisation has said it would update its newly recorded lessons daily.
These science activities are based on real-world applications of engineering principles and so are super relevant and inspiring. However, the equipment and materials needed are quite specialised so they are best suited for established home-schools or for when teachers and their students can get back into the classroom.
Khan Academy aims to provide a quality, comprehensive online education to anyone, anywhere in the world, for free. Learners can access practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers them to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. The website is particularly supporting home learners at this time by suggesting a complete daily schedule with links to the full curriculum of activities.
This US-based commercial provider of online science lessons for Primary-school-aged children has recently increased its freely available digital content. Browse their lively and informative 5-minute videos based on an array of tantalising questions such as, "Are unicorns real?" and "How do germs get inside your body?" If you're looking for more, they also have 40-minute standalone science lessons to enjoy exploring.