We are all aware this time at home together is going to continue for a quite a while. Virtual field trips are a great way to teach your kids about other places and cultures without leaving your home. Here are some exhibits, classes, exercises and tours you can visit with your children from the comfort of your kitchen table, or even your couch.
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Young Audiences of Houston – Creativity Pops Videos
Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artists are invaluable contributors to Houston’s arts ecosystem and each commissioned creativity pops video provides financial support to our teaching artists. Stay tuned as we post new videos each week, and enjoy a pop of creativity each day.
Houston Musuem of Natural Sciences
Travel through time and experience the wonder of the Museum anytime and anywhere! HMNS and some of the most loved natural history institutions in the world have partnered with Google to bring you a unique virtual experience. This new online exhibition is available on g.co/naturalhistory and allows people to come face to face with Jurassic Giants and browse through the most spectacular collection of natural history available in one place!
The new collection uses state of the art technology to give a new virtual life to extinct animals and tell fascinating stories about our planet’s evolution over billions of years. Viewers come face-to-face with Jurassic Giants in 360 degree videos, giving a better sense of how these animals lived, and what it might have felt like to be in their presence. Start exploring! Visit – g.co/naturalhistory
Houston Public Library
Visit the Julia Ideson Building! While they are closed, you can still check out our #ThenAndNow tour this historic building in the past and today. Click the glasses 👓 icons to explore JIB safely from home https://hmrc.oncell.com/en/index.html
Asia Society Texas Center
Through their at-home lesson and activities for young learners, explore the diverse cultures of Asia! From Japanese school life, food, and writing systems to Korean food, games, crafts, and more. Visit https://asiasociety.org/texas/asia-society-home
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. Visit – https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
An online learning platform transforming education, has partnered with Texas based restaurant chain Whataburger to provide inventive original curriculum via an online learning program to grades K-12 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Registration is FREE for a limited time. Use Code Whataburger500 to receive the free offer. Click the link below to join their online community and get in on the fun and creativity of learning online. It is for all students K – 10th grade. http://Upbrainery.com/live-online-classes
Houston Public Media Daytime Programming
As part of the Houston Public Media’s mission to ensure that all kids have access to free educational resources at home, TV 8 is offering broadcast programs and accompanying digital educational resources that adhere to Texas Curriculum Standards and provide continued At-Home Learning from tots to 12th graders. Visit home resources site.
Amazon Future Engineer
Amazon supports free computer science courses during these social distancing times. It is for all students grades 2-12 . Visit https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses
Mo Willems Doodles
Around the world, people of all ages join Mo Willems in his studio for weekday LUNCH DOODLES. The three-week run, all 15 episodes and their downloadable activities, are available via this link. Let the doodling continue! Visit – YouTube videos
Google 3D animals, Augmented Reality
Google’s 3D animals have exploded in popularity across the web over
the last couple weeks, and it’s likely the result of a perfect storm of
circumstances. People across the world are stuck indoors, parents are
teaching their grade school children from home, and the Tiger King
documentary has dropped on Netflix. Regardless of the reason, people
everywhere are making 3D animals an incredibly fun quarantine activity.
How it works, On most popular phones, google a hedgehog, tiger, shark, emperor penguins. Click where it says “View in 3D” and then wait about 30 seconds and – voila – instant animals
They take learning beyond the classroom and into the real world. A few of the field trip topics include visiting Tundra, STEM and manufacturing, 3rd grade and higher.
- Polar Bears – Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to host a series of shared learning experiences to engage students and inspire their interest in studying the science of polar bears and their Arctic habitat.
- Visit Boeing and see how they are incorporating sustainable practices and innovations as they pertain to sustainable air travel, natural resource preservation, water quality control, and waste management. https://www.boeingfutureu.com
- Take a virtual tour of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee and learn about the exciting ways robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing. https://www.manufactureyourfuture.com/VirtualFieldTrip/US
Cosmic Yoga for Kids
Monart Drawing Studio
During this unprecedented time, Monart School of Art is doing what it can to provide art to your children. They have created dozens of online videos, completely free of charge, for your children to continue their artistic development. Visit YouTube Channel