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    Academy Educators connecting students around the world, virtually!
  • Teachers sharing their livestream in their virtual classroom.
    Teachers can share our livestreams in their own virtual classrooms.    ©@aweblossm88
  • Classroom view of Earth Day program
    Classroom view of our Earth Day program.
  • Educator with Crocodile skull
    Academy educators can bring real skulls into your virtual classroom.
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    Students participating in the Spooktacular Science livestream series. ©@baughamjennee
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    From our Waddle Like a Penguin livestream ©@rockets150

Connect virtually with Academy educators from your home or classroom! Distance Learning livestreams bring our experts, animals, and collections to students over the internet—and all programs remain free of charge during the pandemic.

Free livestreams for K-8 students nationwide

Academy educators holding puppets used in Distance Learning programs.

Our programs are open to all K-8 students wherever they are set up to engage in remote learning this year—be that in a classroom, at home, in a learning pod, or at a community learning hub.

Each livestream is a lesson taught by professional educators, which is broadcast for free to YouTube. Events feature hands-on activities or kinesthetic movement that students can do at home while tuning in. Teachers or adult guardians must register in advance for their student(s) to participate.


Register now for upcoming livestreams—all free of charge!

Programs are designed to serve specific grade levels, yet are welcome to all who register.

March 18, 2021 | Science Storytime: Shine and Seek (Grades K-2)
10:30am PT for English-only presentation

  • Join us for storytime as we read together 'Moonbear's Shadow' by Frank Asch to explore shadows. Then we'll use our own flashlights and toys to explore how shadows change during the day, and see if we can make some funny shadows ourselves at home!

March 25, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 3-5)
10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

  • After watching a recording of the ‘Motions of the Solar System’ planetarium show at a time that fits your schedule, join us for a Q&A livestream where astronomy experts answer questions submitted in advance by students around the country.

**Note: To get word in your inbox when new programs launch, sign up for our Educator Enews!


Registration has closed for the following livestreams

If you've missed the registration window, don't fret! Recordings will be posted on the program website within 48 hours for asynchronous viewing.

February 2021 | 3-part series: Life in a Museum (Grades 3-5)

February 10, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 6-8)

February 11, 2021 | Penguins: Will You Be My Valentine? (Grades K-2)

February 17, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 3-5)

February 24, 2021 | Science Storytime: Shine and Seek (Grades K-2)

March 4, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 6-8)

March 10-25, 2021 | 3-part series: Coastal Redwoods (Grades 3-5)


Who participates in Distance Learning from the Academy?

Map of the schools in the United States who participated in Distance Learning programs from 2014-2020.

Classrooms, libraries, and homeschool families have connected with our educators. We've served groups from around the county, and have even delivered programs to students abroad!


Recordings from Fall 2020

Click on a program title, and then on the "Recording" tab of the program website.







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Student Education programs and activities are generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Barbara Bakar; and Wendy W. Kwok.

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