STEM Pipeline Blog / April 6, 2020
Local Businesses Offering STEM at Home & Other Learning Resources
Learning from home can become a wonderful and memorable experience for both the parent and child. To help make this happen, local businesses that offer STEM programs have created learning videos and activities, which can be found on their social media pages and website. Also, included in this blog article are other resources and programs that children of all ages will enjoy.
Local Businesses Offering STEM at Home
Center for Excellence in STEM Education
As a way to stay virtually connected as a community of makers, The Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CESE) is providing a weekly STEM Challenge calendar for students and families. Given the challenge, families are invited to share a photo or video of the process or end result by commenting or tagging them on social media. Additionally, through occasional live videos, they are able to have more “real-time” interactions.
CESE views making as a process of exploration and discovery and extends this approach to these invitations to make. Rather than providing families with complete step-by-step instructions, CESE encourages families to support children as makers. Leaving room for questions and learning from mistakes is often the appeal of hands-on learning – it’s just the location of the learning that has changed. Considering this change, the STEM Challenges are designed with typical household materials in mind. Families are invited to save recycled materials for future creative play, and students are encouraged to find creative solutions or substitutions as they participate.
The weekly calendar, published on Sundays, can be found on the “What’s Happening” page of their Website as well as their Facebook page and Instagram feed.
Saginaw Children’s Zoo
The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is offering a virtual program called #BackyardBiology. Conservation Manager, Mia will be discussion all the wonderful wildlife you can find in your back yards.
Visit their Facebook page see recorded episodes and to learn about upcoming Facebook Live Programs.
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is offering virtual story times and science experiment which kids can following along!
Visit their Facebook page to see past videos, learn about fun at home activities, and upcoming Facebook Live Programs.
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy has created a series of videos that teach us about nature in our backyard and conservation.
Be sure to take a look at their Facebook page to learn more.
STEM at SVSU
For the whole month of April, STEM at SVSU will be implementing “STEM at Home.” They will be posting videos of experiments, mini lessons and activities with STEM for grades K-12.
Find the videos on the STEM at SVSU Facebook page or Website.
The Midland Section of the American Chemical Society
During the month of April, The Midland Section of the American Chemical Society will be hosting Zoom Presentations for ages 12+.
Follow the The Midland Section of the American Chemical Society Facebook page to learn about other upcoming events.
Delta College Planetarium
During this time of needed isolation, the planetarium has been using its social media platforms to inform everyone, including children, students and families, of the online (fun!) learning opportunities that are available. They will be tagged with the hashtag #LookUpHere! Follow Delta College Planetarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The ROCK Center for Youth Development
The ROCK Center for Youth Development is hosting a weekly LIVE STEM event every Friday at 3:30. To learn more check out the Events on their Facebook page.
Chippewa Nature Center
Chippewa Nature Center has a resource page filled with lessons and scavenger hunts to support outdoor learning for families. These resources can be found on their Website. Also, check out their Facebook page for weekly LIVE story hours.
Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan
Junior Achievement is providing engagement activities to inspire young people looking for brighter tomorrows! They are offering an array of online learning resources for students to do on their own, with a parent and/or educators to utilize and create enrichment activities for students Kindergarten through Senior year! Visit the Website to access these resources.
Paleo Joe, a local fossil digger, educator and storyteller, will be hosting a weekly Facebook Live every Thursday at 11 am.
Check his Facebook page for recorded videos, information on fossils, and Facebook Live every Thursday at 11am.
The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance has been promoting ST Math as a high quality, research based math program to utilize within schools over the last several years and now we are happy to share that ST Math has made access FREE to districts as well as parents who are homeschooling their children during this nationwide closure.
Visit the Website for access and for more information.
Five Challenges for Your Youth at Home
This series of five DIY, family-friendly projects in English and Spanish use ordinary household items to keep kids engaged and still learning. The projects are designed to spark creativity, foster friendly competition and create fun family moments during this challenging time.
Visit the Website for this week’s challenges!
“Keep your kids’ math skills sharp – without screen time!”
Bedtime Math has adapted their after-school math activities to feature FREE non-screen learning experiences that children can have fun doing at home.
STEM @ Home
COVID – 19 Resource Library – Activities for children
The SLECoP is organizing a series of webinars for parents, educators, school administrators and anyone who have students in their care. These webinars are intended to help them with practical tips they can employ for how to keep their children engaged and learning with STEM at Home.
Michigan Sea Grant
The HOMES @ Home series is returning for the month of April to support Great Lakes exploration and learning from home! Learn more by following the Facebook page.
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.
Link to the Website.
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