STEAM

Learn cool stuff about science, technology, engineering & math with fun videos, interactive websites and podcasts. Also see our favorite math picture books and resources for reading/writing and history.

Wow in the World

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology – with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family’s faves.  

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor for wee…

FLOCABULARY

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

KHAN ACADEMY

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college.

The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters.

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SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Find free online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video.

Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

MYSTERY SCIENCE

These popular science lessons offer a free curated starter set of lessons for grades K-5. A mystery like ‘What is the most dangerous animal in the world?’ and the topical ‘How does hand sanitizer kill germs?’ is solved with images, videos and opportunities for discussion. End with simple hands-on activities designed with supplies…

ABC MOUSE

Complete cheery learning activities designed to follow a customized learning path. The curriculum runs deep with thousands of lessons in math, reading, social studies, science, art  and more. Kids can design their own avatar and earn points to shop for virtual rewards. A little overwhelming for some kids, a favorite of others. Try one…

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS

Learn about animals, science, geography and more with videos, games, quizzes and great photos. We love the ‘Weird but True’ facts about everything from Star Wars to eyebrows. Bright and simple enough for toddlers but interesting enough for tweens & teens (and a parents).

TANG MATH

The author of The Grapes Of Math and Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving Greg Tang brings his innovative approach to math online with highly visual games, animated books and downloadable materials that encourage creative problem solving. Difficulty levels can be adjusted for just about every age.

Prodigy

Engage in math battles with whimsical characters in an engaging curriculum-aligned math game (also available as an iOS app). Explore an animated world, collect magical pets and fight bad guys. Feels like a (simple) video game but math questions must be answered before striking battle. Questions are adaptive and personalized based on student’s answers.…

 Storytime from Space

Watch astronauts on the International Space Station read space-themed picture books. Also see videos of educational science demonstrations like an exploration of Newton’s Law of Motion in space.

The Davidson Institute At Home

The educational arm of Israel’s  Weizmann Institute of Science kids online science courses, videos, games, puzzles, quizzes and science experiments in fun topics like the science of soccer and (safe) homemade explosives.

OLOGY: A SCIENCE WEBSITE FOR KIDS

Learn about the “Ologies” – anthropology, astronomy, microbiology etc. through animated and live videos, games, stories, and suggestions for hands-on activities on this award-winning website/app from the American Museum of Natural History. Other online features include virtual museum tours, video trips through the universe, science quizzes and more.

 

Outschool

Explore just about any interest from math to Minecraft to piano with passionate teachers over live video chat. Choose from over 15,000+ classes including Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed explorations of explore history, art, science and more.

Format include one-time drop-ins, weekly camps and semester classes.

For ages 3-18.

SplashLearn

Practice math with fun graphics and a silly hippo captain. Complete digital problem sets and play engaging games to earn coins that can be redeemed for virtual pets and backgrounds. Personalized daily learning paths and adaptive, gradual skill progression keep kids learning but not frustrated. Limited instruction but great for daily practice with over 400…

NYSCI At Home

Find tons of games, activities, experiments and projects from Queen’s New York Hall of Science. At-Home STEM resources encourage open-ended exploration and imaginative learning. Learn about physics, engineering, design, biology, math, chemistry and more with videos, instructions for experiments and art projects, interactive graphic novels, engaging apps and more.

Time for Kids

Read engaging articles on science, current events, money and more in  TIME for Kids weekly magazines in a digital library, temporarily free for all. Also find teaching materials with links to printable PDFS, quizzes, suggested activities and videos.

For grades K-8.

Schoolhouse Rock

Learn about multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, environmentalism and more with short music videos created from 1973-2009. Clever lyrics, catching tunes and amusing animations introduce concepts  from conjunctions to women’s suffrage  to the electoral college .

Available on Amazon & Disney Plus (plus some on YouTube).…

Radiolab for Kids

Find family-friendly content from Radiolab, one of the most beloved podcasts in the world.  From “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?” the topics are squeaky clean (mostly) and all about science and curiosity.

Varsity Tutors Online Classes

Take free live K-12 online classes in a variety of subjects such as “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. Choose from daily classes and week-long half-day summer camps in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a…

GIANT Workshops on Demand

Gather 3 to 5 friends for STEAM (STEAM + Arts) workshops on topics like coding, game design, starting your own business, Minecraft, cooking, comics, doodling, engineering, improv, LEGO, Roblox and more. Choose your own day, time and frequency or join a weekly club that includes a box of materials shipped to your home.

Language immersion…

VIRTUAL STEM EVENTS

Intrepid Online Family Programs

Join an Intrepid Museum Educator each week to explore history, science, and ingenuity online together. Family-friendly and engaging for all ages. Includes hands-on projects. Advance registration required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when necessary.

Loving Math

Join master storyteller Steve Sherman for a wacky workshop designed for rising kindergarteners through third graders. Enjoy stories, games, and laughter in a hilariously fun children’s event.

Presented by the Museum of Math.

Mathematical Magic Tricks

With at most a bit of misdirection to create the appearance of complications, Joshua Zucker will perform several mathematical magic tricks, teach you to perform them yourselves, and guide you through the mathematical thinking that makes them work. Using that thinking, you can even create new tricks of your own.

Bookshop Young Readers Event

Join STEM Authors Isabel Thomas + Gabrielle Balkan for a highly interactive presentation complete with super-rad activities, loads of fun facts, and a Q&A. An excellent look at how beautifully the sciences and arts overlap.

Additional book-related activities available for download.