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 you would like to share more resources, feel free to email edithlai@lbl.gov to update this page. Stay well and stay safe!

STEM Specific 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!

The US Department of Energy and supporting STEM organizations have compiled some interactive digital content and instructions for simple activities. We recommend reading through their STEM rising blog posts and women @ energy profiles for some inspiring stories about scientists around the country.

"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!

SciGirls is a show aimed to interest girls ages 8 to 12 in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 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.

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.

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.

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 for kids just look for basic identification skills, and tutorials will lead you through what to look for.

Some suggestions:

  • Cosmic: identifying surface features on Mars
  • Año Nuevo Island Animal Count: help monitor marine wildlife here in California

Live Events and Talks

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”.

"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!"

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!"

Activity levels are divided by PreK and Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2, grade 3 to 5, and grade 6 and up.

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.

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.

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!

Some exhibits may be geared towards older audiences than others, so we recommend previewing the content first.

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