COVID-19 Resources

Lesson Learned from a COVID Summer

The variety of activities ASTC members conducted in the summer of COVID-19 have provided valuable lessons for all members of the ASTC community. With a bit of time to reflect on successes and not-so successful activities related to summer camps, a few U.S. ASTC members were willing to share their perspectives on what worked, what didn’t work, and how they’ve been able to use lessons they learned during summer camp programming for reopening or other activities throughout the year.

Exploratorium Science Snacks in Arabic

As part of the strategy to provide an online platform of diverse, original, and adapted resources for NAMES members and the regional science engagement field, NAMES collaborated with the Exploratorium to translate a selection of Exploratorium Science Snacks related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Exploratorium is a world-renown science engagement institution and one of NAMES Sustaining Members.

Bubble Groups: Organizing Crowds for the New Normal

As the world begins its journey to the “new normal,” the management of highly dense spaces will need to operate in a radically different way. How can we ensure some level of normalcy as we begin to interact with the world at large? One way to help manage and enforce social distancing with larger groups of people may be through “Bubble Groups.” The original article is developed and published by Ali S. Kiran, Kiran Consulting Group; the article has been translated into Arabic with permission from the owner to disseminate NOT FOR PROFIT, free to use by all NAMES organizations.

Distance Learning Solutions

This list of educational applications, platforms, and resources aims to help parents, teachers, schools, and school administrators facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure.

How Will COVID-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built?

The global pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the form and function of future museums. As the world continues to struggle with Covid-19 and prepare for any future pandemics, designers and architects are thinking of new ways to create buildings—ways that account for social distancing and lessen the spread of germs and disease. So, what will museums of the future look like?

An OPEN MIND wellbeing challenge

Science Gallery Dublin offers some inspiration for the days and weeks ahead. This challenge is guaranteed to brighten up your day; give them a go and see what works best for you. You will find some tips and prompts to keep your wellbeing in check while juggling your daily routine at home.

STEM at Home: List of STEM Resources to Use at Home

Check out this list of selected STEM Resources to be used by students, parents, and educators at/from home.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Distance Learning

Check out the Science How schedule to get started, or preview the formats by watching a program from the video webcast archives. These are free, interactive, live video webcasts, which take questions from students while introducing them to science concepts and practices through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts. The shows provide opportunities for students to interact via live polls and Q&A with the scientist.

Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities

Many zoos and aquariums may be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are still providing animal care and bringing education and fun to you through online events and educational resources. Check the link for a calendar of live videos and other online events the whole family can enjoy.

NISE Network: Do Science at Home!

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) and its partners have developed a variety of hands-on STEM activities designed for use in museums and science centers. Most of these hands-on STEM activities can be done with materials you may already have in your home.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: Science at Home

Workforce Development and Science Education: Preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, technicians, and teachers, utilizing the unique scientific tools and intellectual resources of the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Science at Home offers activities and lessons students and their parents can do almost anywhere, created by educators at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Museum of Science at Home

Museum buildings may be closed, but science never stops. The Museum of Science offers a collection of STEM resources designed to bring the Museum — to you! Join Museum educators for fun, live stream presentations for the entire family; get tips on how to support STEM at home in informative sessions.

OMCA at Home

While closed, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to doing what it does best—staying connected with the community. On their website, they are sharing videos exploring past exhibitions and events, educational resources for students and teachers, as well as favorite works from their collection, and more.