Science at Home with the Family
Science isn't just for school! Science is the process of learning about the world around you and how it works.
Science at Home
Resources for Parents
- Science is a Family Affair - Techbridge in Oakland created this guide to help parents support science learning at home. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
- Parent Handbook for Science - from the California Department of Education.
- Videos about what the Common Core Standards mean for schools - developed by the National PTA
Science in the Community
- Places to Take the Family - Museums, Nature Centers, Zoo, Parks and more - we have included websites, hours, admission rates and how to get free or reduced admission.
- Temporary Exhibit List - Science Centers around the Bay frequently have new or temporary exhibits you may want to visit before they go away.
- Bay Area Science - offers an ongoing calendar of science events and programs for adults, children, and families. You can check their calendar often or sign up for their weekly email of upcoming events
Science Websites for Kids and Families
Invite your students to visit the Museum's science website for kids. They'll find hands-on activities, games, and scientist interviews.
|Ask a Scientist|
Index of questions and answers about basic science questions, plus links to other "ask a scientist" sites.
Ask the experts questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers or geology.
Exploratorium's "Ten Cool Sites"
This site has on-line activities and field trips on all areas of science. Available in nine different languages.
|BBC Science Clips|
A great array of on-line animated science activities for kids sorted by age and topic.
|Operation Ruby-throat: The Hummingbird Project|
An international initiative people collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Spanish language version available.
|CIESE: Real Time Data and Primary Source Projects|
Check out "The Wonderful World of Weather," "Square of Life," "Bucket Buddies," and "Measuring the Circumference of the Earth" among projects designed for elementary students.
Rader's Network of Science and Math Sites
|ALA Great Websites for Kids|
Index of hundreds of links to websites for kids from the American Library Association.
|Fear of Physics|
Simulations of common physics phenomena, using kid-friendly terms (speed and acceleration, pendulums, collisions, why things fall, etc.) Has a homework help section, and a physics dictionary.
|Science News for Kids|
Articles written for students on current topics in the news. Science News for Kids by Society for Science & the Public as a youth edition and companion to the Society’s Science News magazine.
Support Science in the Classroom
- Science Fair Resources - List of websites to help plan and carry out science fair investigations.
- The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted as the official science standards for the state of California. Below are a few resources to help you learn more about these new standards so you can better support your children in their classrooms.
- Parent Q & A from the National Science Teachers Association - This is a nice place to start to get some of your questions answered about the new standards.
- BozemanScience videos are a great place to start when learning more about the standards.
- Getting involved at School - resources from the National Education Association
Support Science with your Dollars
- Donate to CRS - We work with elementary schools in the East Bay to support teachers in bringing science experiences to their classrooms.
- Donor’s Choose - Find projects that teachers from your school have posted for funding.
- Berkeley Public Schools Fund's Friends & Family Grants - Berkeley teachers can post projects that they would like to have funded.
Support Science with your Time - Volunteer!
- CRS's own Bay Area Scientist in Schools program (BASIS) - We will prepare you to go to elementary classrooms in the East Bay to lead hands-on science lessons.