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Science @ Home
While the museum is temporarily closed, enjoy these videos, experiments, and much more from your home.
The museum and other educational institutions around the country are offering these resources while schools are closed because learning never stops! Check back each week for additional fun.
Museum Educator Misty Carty is continuing to read weekly Story Time books and demonstrate related activities!
March 31 Story Time Book:
March 24 Story Time Book:
Backyard Biodiversity Challenge
The museum's bioscience department is organizing a Backyard Biodiversity Challenge, so you can explore the area around your house like never before! To participate, make an account on the iNaturalist website. The observations made so far can be seen on this page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nm-backyard-biodiversity-challenge?tab=observations
City Nature Challenge 2020
Click here for cool activities to do in your yard, on your porch, even in your house, to take part in the 2nd annual City Nature Challenge!
These ideas and resources will help you "look for, find, attract, and document nature in your house or yard." There are also instructions for setting up the iNaturalist app -- the coolest tool on your phone to help you learn about all the nature that surrounds you.
Any photo uploaded to iNaturalist on the four days of April 24-27 will form a big picture of all the nature we have surrounding us here in our community!
Anyone who has never used iNaturalist might be interested in a introductory webinar being offered on April 7. Sign up here.
Our partners at the Santa Fe Children's Museum produced a fun video demonstrating activities that can be enjoyed with supplies from round the house.
Beginning April 6, Albuquerque Public Schools will begin broadcasting lessons on New Mexico PBS station 5.1 and the APS YouTube channel. Find the schedule and links here: https://www.newmexicopbs.org/what-we-do/education/aps-at-home/
The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Even thought all the Smithsonian museums are closed right now, but you can still access the institution's vast resources by creating a free account: https://learninglab.si.edu
NASA STEM @ Home
Kids in grades K-4 can stay busy all day with this page of out-of-this-world fun. Build models, solve puzzles, color pages, play games, read books, and even build a rocket!: https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html
Story Time from Space
Watch astronauts on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory read children’s books and perform science demonstrations! Story Time From Space offers a delightful combination of science, literacy, and entertainment through its library of family-friendly videos: https://storytimefromspace.com/
Science Never Stops
Here's a series of videos with interesting experiments and information from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Yes, it is rocket science!: https://www.rocketcenter.com/scienceneverstops
The Tonight's Sky video is one of the segments seen in the museum's ViewSpace theater, but for now, we're bringing it home to you. Go outside after dark and see how many constellations you can find.
While you can't pick up a monthly sky map outside the planetarium entrance, print your own copy from Skymaps.com. Be sure the notice the list of events happening each night, listed to the left of the map. Print the April 2020 map from here: http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn2004.pdf
Some of the same films you'd see in the DynaTheater are available to rent or own at home. Unfortunately, they can't be seen in 3D, but if you sit close to the screen, it's almost like an IMAX However, these home versions come with related activities and educational materials, so the fun doesn't have to stop when the movie ends!: https://macgillivrayfreeman.com/educational-resources
Each week, the Pacific Science Center will be sharing new science content on their Curiosity at Home webpage. Find exciting DIY activities and experiments kids can do, social live-streams with experts, videos, and so much more. There's even a live shot of the museum's Naked Mole Rats!: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/events-programs/curiosity-at-home
This YouTube playlist offers a lot of interesting information and at-home activities from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The institution's staff is producing these videos at their homes so you can enjoy them in yours: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWOxsPa_LKOi_WHMe9u9unkWIeI34PRUl