April 06, 2020, by Sameera Rangwala
It’s hard to deny that our daily lives have rapidly changed in the last few months. Sometimes it feels like we are in a bizarre dream that’s launched us onto a mysterious island in the twilight zone! The global need for social distancing to keep our families safe and healthy is of good cause, but, what now? Well if there was ever a time in history to be quarantined at home this just might be it. Fortunately, we are in an era of readily available virtual knowledge with a vast array of online technologies at our fingertips. These resources are just what we need to keep us connected to the world and the people around us, especially when we’re not permitted to be in the same room.
This is truly a time of creative education partnerships between students, teachers, and most importantly parents, as the famous Albert Einstein once said: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”
Keeping young minds engaged and learning during this time is extremely important to us at Bionerds. To make virtual scientific learning a bit easier, Bionerds is continuously gathering quality sources of online life science content from trusted educational sites. We are sure these astute resources will inspire and help bridge the social distancing gap to keep kids exploring scientific passions and interests!
Check out and share some of our favorite online resources and experiences for grades K-8!
Amoeba Sisters – https://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters
SciShow – https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow
Peekaboo Kidz – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxlJ45KjG4XVcQ_hd8j227A
iBiology – https://www.youtube.com/user/ibioseminars
Virtual Labs, Outdoor & Museum Tours:
National Science Teaching Association – https://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=ldPT0QtbY/w_E
Smithsonian Museums Virtual Tours – https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
Oxford University’s History of Science Museum – https://www.hsm.ox.ac.uk/explore-galleries
The Natural History Museum, London – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/virtual-museum.html
The German Oceanographic Museum – https://www.meeresmuseum.de/en/
American Dairy Association Farm tours – https://www.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/virtual-farm-tours-while-youre-stuck-at-home.stml
Boston Children’s Museum – https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour
National Aquarium, Washington, DC – http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html
Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips (suggested by helpful students, Luke and Ben) – https://www.titlemax.com/articles/road-trip-from-home-virtual-field-trips/
Free Read and Learn Lessons:
Kids Answers – https://answersingenesis.org/kids/biology/
Education.com – https://www.education.com/resources/life-science/
Science Projects – https://www.education.com/science-fair/life-science/
Ducksters – https://www.ducksters.com/science/biology/
Exploratorium – https://www.exploratorium.edu/
Sameera Rangwala was an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She has a passion for all things science. She earned her bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Family Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She continued her academic journey to earn a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from the University of Maryland as well. Not long after, she earned another Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland. Sameera has 15 plus years in the industry field. She is also a mother of three young children who naturally love science and technology. She hopes to teach, inspire, and ignite a passion for science in the next generation of world changers.