This week, kids stuck at home can still celebrate Earth Day through a number of fun virtual events, and learn all about STEM in the process.
The Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY is celebrating Earth Week with a week-long series of virtual events. Educators from the center will host live Earth Day activities through Zoom every day from 20-24 April at 10:30 am. Kids will learn all about sustainability and Earth science. The events were developed by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), a network of teachers and scientists.
“We try to make the activities pretty straightforward and digestible, and provide props and ideas to extend that hands-on learning throughout the day,” Emily Barclay, the public and media relations manager at the Sciencenter, told The Ithaca Voice. “We love to connect with families and help them pursue that learning on their own and practice those foundational science lessons at home.”
The Ashville Museum of Science in North Carolina is also holding virtual Earth-themed events throughout April, including the AMOS Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity Challenge, where kids get to make new stuff from disposables at home.
PBS Learning Media has made its Emmy-winning animated series “Cyberchase” available online. Kids at home can join The CyberSquad as they use STEM to outsmart a villain known as “the Hacker” and save Earth in the process. Each episode comes with an earth science project kids can do at home.
Earthday.org provides a list of organizations hosting virtual Earth Day activities, from online coloring books to virtual field trips and environmental problem-solving. The organization is also celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary by amplifying the voices of 50 young environmentalists from South and Southeast Asia through the #MYFUTUREMYVOICE campaign.
“All the youth featured are united by their common aim – to work for the good of the environment. Through their video messages, each youth speaks of what they have done, the problems that need to be addressed by governments and by society. Each of them has also taken the #EarthDay pledge to do an #ActofGreen for Earth,” states the organization in a press release.
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