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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
  • Educator with Crocodile skull
    Academy educators can bring real skulls into your virtual classroom.
  • Classroom view of Earth Day program
    Classroom view of our Earth Day program.
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    Students participating in the Spooktacular Science livestream series. ©@baughamjennee

We're starting to think about what Distance Learning programs to offer from January - May 2021. Academy educators would greatly appreciate your input in shaping our plan!

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 fall—be that in a classroom, at home, in a learning pod, or at a community learning hub.

Each livestream is a 30-minute lesson taught by professional educators, which is broadcast for free to YouTube. Kinesthetic movement is included to keep students physically engaged, and many events feature hands-on activities 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!

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

December 11 | Art & Science (Grades K-2)
10 am PT for English-only presentation
11 am PT for English-Spanish bilingual presentation

  • Nature is a muse that inspires artists and scientists to imagine, design and create their work. Students will find their own inspiration from nature, and learn how to scientifically sketch a natural object.

    December 3 or 17 | Our Solar System and Beyond (Grades 6-8)
    10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

    • Explore the worlds of our solar system and discover what makes each one unique! From tiny terrestrials to giant jovians, the planets nearby are shaping our understanding of the Universe beyond.

    Registration has closed for the following livestreams

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

    September 22; October 27; December 1 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)
    Consider joining the encore presentation on December 1.

    October 1 & 15; November 5 & 19 | Our Solar System and Beyond (Grades 6-8)
    We're running encore presentations on the 1st/3rd Thursdays through December.

    October 6 - 22 | 3-part Series: Spooktacular Science (Grades 3-5)

    October 9 | Science Storytime: Pierre the Penguin (Grades K-2)

    November 3 - 19 | 3-part Series: Coastal Redwoods (Grades 3-5)

    November 6 - 20 | 3-part Series: Solar System Explorations (Grades 3-5)

    November 13 | Waddle Like a Penguin (Grades K-2)

    December 1 - 17 | 3-part Series: 'Tis the Season for Science (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!


    Sample recordings of past events

    Click on the program title to access the recording and any materials needed. These recordings can be used for classrooms or individual students at home.

    Teacher Tip: There will be pauses during the recordings to make observations or think about a question. Think about how you would like student to share their ideas/observations/questions with you during theses times.


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    We Thank Our Donors

    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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