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Recommendations

#EdSciFest Recommends... For Children and Families

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Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Price
Free
Age Restriction
All Ages

Recommendations | All Ages

#EdSciFest Recommends... For Children and Families

About the event

We’ve gathered a list of the best and most exciting resources out there for keeping kids busy at home this Spring. Here’s a summary of what you can find on our list: 

  • Computer Science and Engineering – apps and resources to try out some coding! 

  • Digital Learning Activities – packed with fun stuff for kids and families.  

  • Science Organisations - images and videos from science institutions across the world. 

  • Live Learning – live science events for kids. 

  • Science at Home – everything you need to enjoy fun science activities with kids and young people in the house.   

You can also follow #sciencefromhome on Twitter for inspiration and ideas for home science from all over the world.  

And finally, remember it’s OK to relax and do nothing too! The online world of discovery will be there waiting for you when you are ready. Stay healthy <3 

Each section is in alphabetical order. Our absolute favourites from this list are marked with ** 

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Computer Science and Engineering

Amazon Future Engineer has links to free online Computer Science Courses. From programming virtual robots using the CoderZ platform to using Earsketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through remixing music tracks online. Learn more about Earsketch and using the Python programming language here

The computer coding experts on this educational site talk you through coding instructions step-by-step so that you can "code, build, invent and animate" using the Scratch and Python programming languages. It's free to use and aimed at ages 8–18. 

Dinosaur enthusiasts can download the Palaolab app to explore famous dinosaur skeletons and have loads of dinosaur facts at their fingertips. The mobile phone app can be downloaded for £0.99.  

Tech We Can is a set of free, simple lesson plans available for teaching at home. The lessons are aimed at ages 10–13, are all mapped to the English National Curriculum and focus on the use of technology in everyday lives. Lesson packs are themed, from the environment, manufacturing and engineering, to entertainment and art. 

Digital Learning Activities

Age of Learning is offering one-month-free trials to ABCmouse, an online learning resource for ages 2 to 8 containing over 850 lessons from across the curriculum. Adventure Academy is open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under. It's based on the US curriculum but would also be relevant to UK learners. 

Carol Vorderman fronts this Maths website aimed at primary age kids. Beautifully presented and easy to use, there is lots of free content available; kids can watch videos and then play online games. 

Navigate through a fantasy world while solving an array of maths challenges tailored to the player's ability in this fun online game. It is free to sign up and then you can pay to upgrade.  

Science Organisations 

The American Museum of Natural History is sharing amazing online content for kids and families during lockdown, including kahoot quizzes to test your knowledge and the OLogy science website which explores everything from fossils to the universe, and much more!  

Observe Edinburgh's very own resident population of wild animals from all over the world.  Explore the panda enclosure, peek at the penguins or spy on the tigers through the live webcams. It’s very relaxing watching animals just chilling out! 

The Glasgow Science Centre is bringing a stream of science into your home at 10am every day. Centre staff explain science concepts using exhibits from the centre, share snippets from science shows, and explain science-at-home activities.  

These easy-to-follow videos made by the Glasgow Science Festival help children to explore chemical reactions and the density of liquids in these delightfully messy experiments.  

Especially designed to be bite-sized, these "Science Snacks" from the Exploratorium science centre in San Fransisco will satisfy your hunger for fun and finding things out.  

Find online games and apps to challenge your brain and investigate different areas of science like designing your own Mars Rover and navigating through a mysterious blackout in the Total Darkness game. 

**NASA

 NASA's website is packed with online games, videos about the science and history of space exploration, and science activities to try at home. Try out their activities, from building a cardboard Mars Rover to making an edible model of the Sun.  

Interactive games and resources all about parasites which were created to support the Parasites: Battle for Survival exhibition which was showcased at the Museum before the lockdown.  

Dynamic Earth is sharing a series of fun and thought-provoking online activities the history of our planet and the science behind climate change. Also check out their Facebook page which shares short science videos and hands-on activities which explore the Earth, its history and processes, inspired by the centre's glorious location in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park.  

 Highlights here include this action-packed physics-based list of home science activities, including how to make rubber band cannons and instructions for giant bubbles. 

Techniquest in Cardiff are uploading a new science demo video to their website every day at noon, including some that you can even try at home. 

British Astronaut Tim Peake, who spent 186 days in space in 2016, answers questions from school children all over the UK, on the Facebook page of the UK Space Agency.  

Live Learning

Children's Entertainers Dazzle and Fizz are offering free live online kids club from their Facebook page. For babies & toddlers join in at 10am Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; for Primary-school-aged children you can enjoy Magic Mondays, Workshop Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays on those days at 11am.  

Passionate magician-scientist Kevin Quantum is offering a new science magic trick tutorial video every day during the lockdown! 

**Maddie Moate

Maddie Moate offers a Youtube Channel packed with family-friendly themed video collections such as "Incredible Humans", "Machines and Makes", and "Educational Activities to Try at Home." During lockdown her UK-based live show goes out at 11am every morning. 

Reef Relief, a marine conservation charity based in South Florida USA, are offering live lessons every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30pm (10:30am Eastern Daylight Time). Every session focuses on a different marine animal or ecosystem, reflecting this charities' passion for respecting and conserving the natural marine environment for everyone to enjoy. 

The Stemettes are offering lively interactive sessions with different scientists three times per week at 4pm for young people and their adults - Monday Meal Plans on Zoom, Wednesday Tutorials on Youtube and Friday Lives on Instagram. Sessions are free (you just need to register here); hear about scientist's careers from the scientist role models first hand and learn STEM activities you can do at home. 

The TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall answers your questions live every Wednesday morning at 9:30am from his Wildlife Homeschool on Twitter. 

Science At Home

A wealth of well-thought-through resources for families to explore at home or for educators to use in their distance learning. Investigate motion with marbles here or explore your sense of taste with your own tongue here.  

In each animated 11-minute episode, Bitz along with her brother and their toys get sucked into craft-world adventures. Each episode involves a scientific explanation and uses diagrams, language and concepts that are accurate and applicable for early years upwards. 

Braniac presenter and exploder of things Tom Pringle, aka Dr Bunhead, has a list of stuff to try on his website  - look out for his "Science of Acids" series and his "Monster Slime" ideas!