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
Our programs are open to all K-8 students wherever they are set up to engage in remote learning this year—be that in a classroom, at home, in a learning pod, or at a community learning hub.
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 at home while tuning in. Teachers or adult guardians must register in advance for their student(s) to participate.
Register now for upcoming livestreams—all free of charge!
Programs are designed to serve specific grade levels, yet are welcome to all who register.
April 20, 2021 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)
10:30am PT for English-only presentation
- Let's explore the many shapes that the Moon makes in the sky. Then, we'll fly like astronauts to visit the Moon ourselves, all from the comfort of our own homes!
April 22, 2021 | Make Earth Day Every Day (Grades 4-6)
- Planet Earth is the only planet that supports a diverse system of life: plants, animals, and us! So, how do we humans take care of Earth just like it takes care of us?
April 29, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 3-5)
10 am PT for English-only presentation
- After watching a recording of the ‘Motions of the Solar System’ 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.
May 12, 2021 | Claude the Albino Alligator (Grades 2-4)
10 am or 11 am PT for English-only presentation
- What makes an albino alligator so special? Come explore swamps with us as we learn about Claude’s history and the ecosystem that alligators call home.
May 14, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 6-8)
10 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.
May 19 or 20, 2021 | Breakfast with African Penguins (Grades 3-5)
10:30 am PT for English-only presentation
- Join educators and biologists in the Academy's habitat model of the southwestern coast of Africa to explore how the region's charismatic penguins catch fish from the ocean. How can those of us who live across the globe from this endangered species play a role in protecting their food source?
Registration has closed for the following livestreams
If you've missed the registration window, don't fret! Recordings will be posted on the program website within 48 hours for asynchronous viewing.
February 2021 | 3-part series: Life in a Museum (Grades 3-5)
February 10, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 6-8)
February 11, 2021 | Penguins: Will You Be My Valentine? (Grades K-2)
February 17, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 3-5)
February 24, 2021 | Science Storytime: Shine and Seek (Grades K-2)
March 4, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 6-8)
March 10-25, 2021 | 3-part series: Coastal Redwoods (Grades 3-5)
March 18, 2021 | Science Storytime: Shine and Seek (Grades K-2)
March 25, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 3-5)
Who participates in Distance Learning from the Academy?
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!
Recordings from Fall 2020
Click on a program title, and then on the "Recording" tab of the program website.
- 3-part Series: Spooktacular Science
- 3-part Series: Solar System Explorations
- 3-part Series: 'Tis the Season for Science
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Student Education programs and activities are generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Barbara Bakar; and Wendy W. Kwok.