STEM at Home Resources

For those with kids at home looking for educational activities to do while sheltering in place, we will be compiling resources on this page. Resources are divided into four general categories as seen in the navigation list on the right. If you have any resources you would like to share, feel free to email edithlai@lbl.gov to update this page. Stay well and stay safe!

Berkeley Lab Resources

Composting is a great way to improve sustainability in your home, but there's a lot of science behind that process. Learn a little about soil science with us, and you'll be able to upgrade your home composting systems. Download our worksheet with vocabulary and questions to answer during the live stream.

This event is open to the public! Click the title to direct to the live science page

In this series, we invite high school students to join us for talks about careers in STEM. This is an opportunity for students to directly ask questions to industry professionals. Learn more about the different topics on our page. Signups coming soon.

This event is open to all high schoolers!

Berkeley Lab staff are volunteering to help parents and students ease the burden of at-home schooling. If you have a middle or high school student looking for personalized help on homework or with understanding difficult concepts, sign up on our calendar for an hour long session of homework help with one of our experts.

STEM Activities

"Do some science right away, wherever you are. Find science experiment kits, toys, games, books, and puzzles in our online store. From chemistry sets to origami to microscopes, this is the source for hands-on fun."

Check out the Lawrence at Home page for at home science, activities, and a full schedule of live streams to keep your family engaged without leaving the house!

Target audience: elementary school and middle school

Kids from first grade through high school will participate in engaging STEM adventures, guided remotely (with materials shipped directly to you) by Lawrence Hall of Science educators. Online Science Discovery Camps will run for five weeks, July 6th through August 7th. More updates to come on the Lawrence Hall of Science website.

Target audience: elementary school through high school

"Teachers and parents, we’ve pulled together a collection of lesson plans and activities that you can adapt for at-home learning. You’ll find a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence, but what they all share is our mission of developing the problem-solvers of tomorrow."

The making activities and design challenges only utilize materials available at home, and many of the projects are in both English and Spanish!

Target audience: middle school and high school

SciGirls is a show aimed to interest girls ages 8 to 12 in STEM. Each episode follows middle school girls looking for answers to their questions, while inspiring kids to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere. With the help of scientific mentors, the girls design their own investigations on topics ranging from the environment to engineering and nutrition. Episodes are in both English and Spanish.

SciGirls Connect page offers activities and resources to use at home and in the classroom.

Target audience: age 8-12

National geographic offers games, videos, animal facts & pictures, interesting reads on culture, nature, and history around the world. There's tons to explore on their page depending on your interests!

We recommend checking out the Science Lab and doing some experiments with materials you can find at home.

Target audience: elementary school and middle school

"Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our WorldTM is an exciting new program from the American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education, designed to provide educators with free standards-aligned activities, lessons, career explorations, and project ideas to clarify common misconceptions surrounding nuclear science and explore its role in future technological applications."

Click on "Virtual Field Trip" to explore Idaho National Laboratory, explore unexpected careers in nuclear science, and see what how advances in nuclear capabilities play a role in shaping the future.

Target audience: middle school and high school

Idaho National Laboratory’s educator team is creating original curriculum to do at home with home materials for students to expand their science learning in addition to their curated resource list. Their plans include an intro, vocabulary, materials needed, procedure, questions for discussion, links for extensions, and guidance on intended audience level. Past lesson plans are currently uploaded on the website. New lesson plans will be released every weekday by 9:30am MST.

Target audience: grade k - 9

Ologies is a podcast hosted by Alie Ward (check her out on Netflix's Brainchild) that explores different "ologies" or sciences. Each episode, Alie meets with a scientist or science professional to learn about their field. Some past episodes have been about veterinary biology, nephology (clouds), and scatology (animal poop). Listen to the show on the ologies website, apple podcasts, or spotify.

Target audience: high school and adults

The Zooniverse is the largest platform for citizen science - volunteers around the world support professional research in fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. Their goal is to enable research that would not otherwise be possible or practical. Some easy projects just look for basic identification skills, and tutorials will lead you through what to look for. Some suggested projects:

  • Cosmic: identifying surface features on Mars

  • Año Nuevo Island Animal Count: help monitor marine wildlife here in California

Target audience: high school and adults

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Harvey Mudd College have set up a hotline for free math and science tutoring or homework help through call, chat or email. Tutors are students at both institutions specially recommended by faculty for their subject expertise and communication skills. Click the link in the title for available times and contact info. For more information, visit:

Target audience: middle school and high school

Grasshopper is a free coding app available on Desktop, Android, and iOS that teaches code for beginners. Fun, quick lessons can teach you how to write JavaScript and build fundamental programming skills. Kids and adults alike can build skills and learn programming concepts through fun games.

Target audience: middle school, high school, and adults

"Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab."

Target audience: age 8 - 16

Live Events and Talks

TeenTechSF is offering free online summer workshops on Saturdays, 2-3pm in June and July. Learn how to build a website, an app, or a database using TinkerCad, Scratch, Python, and more! No previous tech or coding experience needed! All are welcome to participate in these action-packed 60-minute workshops aiming to expand your expertise in innovative technologies.

Target audience: ages 13-18

X-STEM All Access presented by AstraZeneca – is a virtual interactive speaker series designed to inspire students, teachers, and parents. Moderated by science educator and communicator Justin Shaifer, X-STEM All Access will be presented as a series of five daily livestream events featuring an exclusive group of visionaries aimed to empower students about careers in STEM (speaker lineup coming soon). Past sessions are also available to watch.

Target audience: middle school and high school

"Kids Teach Tech is a non-profit organization that empowers youth to seize the technology opportunities of their future. We enable students to become teachers who create and teach classes to their community." Register for upcoming live classes such as Introduction to Scratch and Python Basics.

Target audience: ages 8+

This program allows scientists to reach people from all over the world without having to leave the lab! Skype a Scientist is a program that matches classrooms with scientists for an informal session to connect students and professionals. Families can now also sign up to chat with and get to know a “real scientist”.

Target audience: all ages

"If you're home and you want to learn about space, I'm going to be hosting talks (Zoom, Skype)! Let me know if you're interested and if we reach critical mass for certain weeks I will host a livestreamed presentation. Talks for kids will be prioritized (parents/carers included). I will do my best to transcribe these talks afterwards, and the presentation part (without questions) will be archived on Youtube!"

Target audience: all ages

Levar Burton reading books on twitter livestreams every week. Past readings are also available to watch on his twitter feed.

  • Mondays 9am pst, 12pm est: children

  • Wednesdays 3pm pst, 6pm est: young adult

  • Fridays 6pm pst, 9pm est: adult

Target audience: all ages

Live webcams from zoos and aquariums

San Diego Zoo

  • Ape, baboon, condor, elephant, giraffe, koala, owl, panda, penguin, polar bear, and tiger cameras

Smithsonian's National Zoo

  • Naked mole rat, lion, giant panda, and elephant cameras

Explore Africa

  • Live cameras set at research centers in Africa

Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Aviary, coral reef, jelly, kelp forest, moon jelly, open sea, penguin, sea otter, and shark cameras

UC Berkeley Campanile Peregrine Falcons

National Arboretum Eagle Camera


Activities and questions:

  • What different kinds of behaviors can you observe?

  • Does animal behavior change throughout the day?

  • Do animals act differently in zoos than out in open spaces?

  • Draw your favorite creatures!

General Education

"Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!"

Target audience: pre-k and kindergarten, grade 1 & 2, grade 3 - 5, and grade 6+

For those with Netflix, Brainchild is a show that explains science in a fun and relatable way. Topics range from germs, to space, to emotions. In addition, check out the brainchild website for hands-on student demos and experiments.

Target audience: elementary school (grade 3 - 5) and middle school (grade 6 - 8)

Mo Willems, the Education Artist-in-Residence, invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Target audience: elementary school

Museums around the world are offering online exhibits/tours compiled here by Google Arts and Culture. Check out collections from different eras of history and see how art has transformed over time. Maybe your kids will be inspired to create their own work!

Target audience: high school

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