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    Academy Educators connecting students around the world, virtually!
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    Classroom view of our Earth Day program.
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    Academy educators can bring real skulls into your virtual classroom.
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    Academy Educator teaching outside among the Redwoods

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 learning during the school day.

Each livestream is a lesson taught by professional educators, which is broadcast for free to YouTube. Events feature hands-on activities or kinesthetic movement that students can do 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.

    October 5, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 5-8)
    10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

    • After watching a recording of the ‘Our Solar System and Beyond’ planetarium show at a time that fits your schedule, join us for a Q&A livestream where astronomy experts answer questions submitted in advance by students around the country.

    October 12, 2021 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)
    10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

    • Join a planetarium presenter to explore how cultures around the world observe the Moon, and take an imaginary journey to the Moon’s surface.

    October 28, 2021 | Spooktacular Skulls (Grades 3-5)
    9:45 am PT for English-only presentation
    11 am PT for Spanish-English bilingual presentation

    • Come face-to-face with a diversity of spooktacular skulls! Watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones. Examine eye sockets, teeth, and other features to find out if mystery skulls were predator or prey.

    Mark your calendars for future offerings

    We are busy designing content for our newest offerings, and will share more details about the following programs on a rolling basis. To get word in your inbox when registration opens for any programs, consider signing up for our Educator Enews.

    November 2, 2021 | Impacts in the Solar System (Grades 4-6)
    10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

    • Within the vast expanses of our solar system, between the planets and beyond, amazing discoveries about asteroids, comets, and meteors are currently being made. Students will take on the role of an astronomer by using hands-on models to explore "small bodies" in our solar system, and also take a guided virtual tour of outer space.

    November 10 & 17, 2021 | 2-part series: Sharks! (Grades K-2)
    10 am PT for English-only presentation
    11 am PT for Spanish-only presentation

    • Sharks are friends! Can you move like a shark? How fast are sharks? Let’s get up close and explore their body parts and see what makes sharks so fin-credible.

    December 2, 2021 | Tour of the Night Sky (Grades K-2)
    10:30am PT for English-only presentation

    • Have you ever wondered if that shiny star in the sky is actually a planet? While navigating the night sky for December 2, 2021, an Academy astronomy educator pointed out constellations, asterisms, and even planets visible that night.

    December 8 & 15 or 9 & 16, 2021 | 2-part series: Coral Reefs (Grades 3-5)
    9:45 am PT on Wednesdays for English-only presentation
    9:45 am PT on Thursdays for Spanish-English bilingual presentation

    • How are Academy Scientists and communities around the world collaborating to help coral ecosystems thrive? The Philippines is home to one of Earth's most biodiverse hot spots- the Philippine Coral Reef. Let’s dive into this hot spot, and learn about the symbiotic relationship between coral and its best friend, zooxanthellae. How do our individual and community actions impact this relationship and help coral ecosystems far from where we live?

    Registration has now closed for the following livestreams

    Don't fret! Recordings will be posted on the program website within 48 hours of each live broadcast.

    September 15, 2021 | Claude’s Hatchday (Grades 2-4)


    September 21, 2021 | Science Storytime: Shine and Seek (Grades K-2)


    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!


    Select recordings of past events

    Click on a program title and then on the "Recording" tab of the program website.

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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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