STEM at Home

We maintain a running list of programs and activities for parents and students interested in pursuing STEM virtually. In the first section, you'll find virtual programs hosted by Berkeley Lab. Other resources are divided into general categories as seen in the navigation list on the right.

Berkeley Lab Programs

Join us for themed career talks to learn about the wide diversity of STEM professions. Each session, we will be joined by Berkeley Lab staff, Bay Area professionals, and other guest experts to talk about their careers and how they got there. 

This series is recorded and open to the public! Click the title to direct to the career talk page

We are telling the stories of Berkeley Lab's research and initiatives using StoryMaps: a web-based platform for sharing multimedia narratives with photos, videos, writing, and illustrations. 

Each project will include the finished StoryMap, a recorded walkthrough and Q&A with scientists involved, and materials for learning more about the subject. New installations will come out every few months. 

After School Science Hour connects young students with the diversity of STEM subjects and the people who study them

Each of these virtual sessions includes a short lesson on a scientific subject, a conversation with experts who study it, and a fun hands-on project to follow along at home. 

This series is aimed at grades k-5, but is open to all. Episodes are recorded for later viewing 

Berkeley Lab staff are volunteering to virtually share their experiences and work in STEM with classrooms. We invite students and teachers to meet researchers, learn about careers, ask questions, and get an inside look at STEM professions. 

Click the title to redirect to the program page for booking info

Live Science explores the ways that science shows up in our everyday lives. Join us as we highlight the activities and hobbies of Berkeley Lab staff, and show how they relate to innovative research being done at the lab! 

This series is aimed at grades 6-12, but is open to all. Episodes are recorded for later viewing

Berkeley Lab Podcasts

JGI Genome Insider - Environmental genomics research like you’ve never heard before. In each episode, we’re going to talk to researchers and ask them what they’re up to.

Direct CurrentFrom the U.S. Department of Energy, Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories about electricity, our planet, and the global energy revolution.

NERSC user news podcast - A weekly podcast featuring the latest center news and discussions of interesting HPC topics with experts from NERSC. 

External Summer Programs and Internships

We maintain a list of summer programs and internships at other organizations, with an emphasis on those in the Bay Area. Most of these are free or low-cost, and cover a range of subjects, locations, and grade levels. 

Click here to view and download on Google Slides.

Resource Pages from Other STEM Organizations 

LLNL's Science Education Program is providing distance learning and remote classroom resources through Physics with Phones lessons and worksheets relating to Science on Saturday video presentations. You can also visit the Science on Screen page for science presentations related to the Hollywood features. New to the Science Education Program is Science at Home, videos of LLNL scientists and engineers sharing experiments from home.

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: grades K - 9  

"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 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes it's vital for every child to learn about the environment. Quality environmental education allows students to understand issues facing the environment, participate in finding solutions to these issues, and begin to take action to do their part to make the environment better. Environmental education also requires students to research issues and form their own opinions based on their research. It should help students hone their critical thinking skills and become more involved in the world around them. Luckily, there are many resources available to aid educators in providing high-quality environmental education. 

Target audience: grades K - 12 

STEM Shows 

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)

Ologies is a podcast hosted by Alie Ward (check her out on Netflix's Brainchild) that explores different scientific fields or "ologies." 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 up 

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

STEM Activities and Platforms

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

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 

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: 

Target audience: high school and up 

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 

Preparing for College

"The following guide introduces the issues surrounding the lack of women in STEM fields and serves as a resource for girls and young women who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM. It includes in-depth research and interviews covering the most popular degrees for women currently entering a STEM field, how campuses are making an effort to foster a welcoming environment for women, female STEM pioneers and experts in the field today, and scholarships for women in STEM." 

"Our program search tool denotes online colleges that accept the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with campus-based colleges featuring accredited online programs and courses. Begin your search by answering a few questions to determine what’s most important to you in selecting an online program, then select “search now” in the drop down menu to find your accredited, FAFSA-approved school."

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