STEM at Home

For those with kids at home looking for educational activities to do while sheltering in place, we will be compiling resources on this page. In the first section, you'll find virtual programs hosted by Berkeley Lab. Other 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 Events

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.

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Come celebrate Nano Day with us! This week, we'll take a close look at the nano-sized materials in both nature and technology. Researchers from the Molecular Foundry will take us on a little journey through this vast field of science.

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

In response to COVID-related social conditions, Berkeley Lab is offering virtual tours of its facilities to the public. These are pre-scheduled, live, interactive, one-hour long sessions presented by Lab staff and scientists. Participants will learn about the Lab's fascinating history, ground-breaking discoveries, and contributions to COVID-19-related research.

Preparing for College

The Society of Women Engineers at UC Davis is hosting a 10 week long mentorship program to support underrepresented students who are interested in applying to engineering majors. The program will run on Thursdays evenings (5pm PST - 6pm PST) from September 24 to November 26 and is open to high school seniors who identify as female, gender non-comforming, non-binary, or gender expansive individuals. The program is completely free and all registered students will be accepted! Fill out the registration form before September 24.

"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."

STEM Activities

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: grade k - 9

"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

"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

"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

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

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

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 up

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 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

"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

Reading Is Instrumental is a weekly musical storytime hosted by the Berkeley Public Library and produced by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Berkeley Symphony. For this unique collaboration benefiting the Berkeley Public Library, we've invited an all-star lineup of Berkeley and Bay Area celebrity readers and musicians to bring storytime favorites to life.

Episodes will be posted on Fridays on the Berkeley Public Library Facebook Page, starting September 25 at 11 AM PST.

TeenTechSF is offering free online workshops on Saturdays, 2-3pm this fall. 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. 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


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)

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