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Introducing STEM@home

Project Exploration (PE) has created transformative learning opportunities for youth underrepresented in the sciences –particularly students of color and girls – for more than 20 years. In the face of the coronavirus crisis, our mission and resolve reach youth and families remains the same. 

STEM@home provides families with a suite of resources and e-learning opportunities. Activities are designed to guide young people through fun, hands-on STEM activities to do with basic materials commonly found in most home environments. Complete challenges, build projects, and do activities in our STEMbook Activity Pages. Tell us about your progress through our Share It Portal and earn points which can be traded for cash prizes on PE’s Explore Store. Need help? Join PE staff during office hours to receive one-on-one support from a caring adult mentor. 

This page is also made with parents in mind. Find reliable information about coronavirus, support services, and parent toolkits, which will help you make learning fun for your kids while they are out of school. To protect your family from coronavirus, stay home unless you need food, medical attention, or emergency assistance. Anyone regardless of age and race can get coronavirus. Project Exploration, the City of Chicago, and many government and nonprofit agencies are working to provide services and support to you at home via the internet and phone. 

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Looking for resources to develop a schedule for your child while at home?  Find tips and sample schedules.


Looking for resources to support interactive STEM-related activities? Find various activities and online resources.


Looking for resources to access meal pick up, or internet? Find information here while your student(s) are out of school.


Looking for resources to protect yourself and family from COVID-19?


The school day is often highly routinized and structured to provide students a place of predictability and safety. To ensure that students are getting as much of a structured environment as possible during this time away from school, try creating a schedule of events during the day. Try your best to incorporate set amounts of time for creativity, independent work, academic time, and movement. There have been a variety of schedules posted online as a response to the virus in an effort to help guide adults who are home with children during the day. Here is an example of a schedule for younger children, and another example for upper elementary students.

Other helpful links surrounding routines and structure outside of school:

  1. TIME’s The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus
  2. Today’s Teaching kids at home due to coronavirus? Homeschooling moms share their tips


Project Exploration is identifying resources that can be useful for children and familes. 

Standards Based STEM Content

  1. NextGen Science 6th and 7th grade vocabulary flash cards
  2. IL 6th grade Biology
  3. IL 7th grade Astronomy
  4. IL 7th grade Chemistry
  5. IL 7th grade Earth Science
  6. IL 7th grade Energy
  7. Duckster’s Science for Kids**
  8. Science Worksheets **
  9. BrainPop **
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  10. MysteryScience **
  11. Garfield Park Conservatory Botany **
  12. Art Institute of Chicago Art + Science Curricula
  13. University of Chicago Tutoring Program 
  14. The Field Museum’s Dinosaurs Giants from the Past Curricula
  15. The Field Museum’s Learning Resources **
  16. FermiLab Life Science Resources **
  17. ST Math **
  18. STEM Lessons by Boeing

STEM Activities at Home

**Signifies an activity that can be modified to be used for early childhood or with older students.

  1. Ice Cream in a Bag (Chemistry)**
  2. Behavior of Light (Energy)
  3. Graham Cracker Tectonic Boundaries (Earth Science)**
  4. Coding Activities (Computer Science)
  5. Design Squad (Engineering Process and Design)
  6. Water Cycle in a Bag (Earth Science) **
  7. Floating Egg (Physical Science) **
  8. Weather Fronts Interactive (Earth Science)
  9. Seasons Interactive  and Quiz (Earth Science)
  10. Lunar Phases Interactive and Quiz (Astronomy)
  11. STEM Simulations (all disciplines)**
  12. Marshmallow Equations (Chemistry)
  13. Earth’s Processes Sorting (Earth Science)
  14. Space Place (Astronomy)
  15. Homemade Kazoos (Energy)**
  16. Science Experiments with Household Supplies (all disciplines) **
  17. Magic Milk (Chemistry)**
  18. Marble Run (Engineering Process and Design) **
  19. Layered Liquids (Physical Science) **
  20. DIY Sensory Table **
  21. DIY Sensory Bottle **
  22. Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids (all disciplines) **
  23. TGR EDU: Explore (Project-Based STEM Learning)
  24. SciGirls (all disciplines)**
  25. Garfield Park Conservatory Tour **
  26. Garfield Park Conservatory Botany Activities **
  27. Project MC2 Activities **
  28. Smithsonian 3D Interactive
  29. Density for Daredevils Lab
  30. The Field Museum’s Field Guide **
  31. Museum of Science and Industry Hands-On Science **
  32. Museum of Science and Industry Online STEM Games **
  33. CodeMonkey Coding Activities
  34. Computer Science Activities for the Home Pre-K to University **
  35. GirlsWhoCode Code at Home **
  36. Make Your Own Bouncy Ball **
  37. Make a Walking Paper Horse **
  38. Rachel Ignotofsky STEM Themed Coloring Sheets **
  39. Digital Adventures STEM Online Classes **
  40. FUSE Studio ** Use studio code ABLE GAME 703 to enter. 
  41. Exploring Sound with NASA ** Only available on April 9!
  42. Virtual Field Trip to Johnson Space Center (Use the guide to help you discover!)
  43. BudBurst Nature Activities **

STEM Videos & Channels

**Signifies videos that are more suitable for early childhood.

  1.  SciShow
  2. SciShow Kids **
  3. Simple Science **
  4. Crash Course Kids **
  5. Crash Course
  6. Seeker
  7. TedEd
  8. VSauce
  9. Kurzgesagt
  10. USA Science and Engineer Festival Speakers
  11. SciGirls** (en Espanol)
  12. Misson Unstoppable
  13. Project MC2 Videos **
  14. Smithsonian Science How Webcast
  15. Smithsonian STEMin30 Air and Space Videos
  16. Density for Daredevils Lab **
  17. The Field Museum’s BrainScoop Series **
  18. Museum of Science and Industry Videos **
  19. STEM For All Early Ed Playlist **
  20. STEM For All Higher Ed Playlist

STEM Literacy

Reading is extremely important to the academic success of a child. The benefits of reading at least twenty minutes a day is seen long after a child leaves a classroom. If the activities, videos, or working with content seems out of reach, reading should be an absolute. Encourage children of all ages to read-to-self, read aloud, and also listen to you read aloud to them. You can find more strategies to help better your student’s reading ability here. The following resources are fantastic for finding current, content-related, informational text for students. Both websites allow you to search by Lexile level, which is the level of text your student is able to read and understand. If available, reference your student’s NWEA report. The NWEA will give you your child’s RIT score and a range, and these numbers correspond with their Lexile level. These numbers will be next to their reading score on their NWEA report. You can see the Lexile level and corresponding grade in the table, below:

  1. NewsELA: informational text from a variety of contents at all Lexile levels with additional comprehension and vocabulary activities.
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  2. ReadWorks: informational text from a variety of contents at all Lexile levels with additional comprehension and vocabulary activities
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  3. Story Time from Space: STEM-themed books read-alouds with astronauts from the Space Station
  4. Talk About the Text: strategies to help with reading comprehension
  5. Seymour Simon ReadAlouds: listen to STEM-themed books being read aloud


  1. School Meal Pick Up or call 773-553-KIDS (5437) for emergency delivery
  2. CPS Resource Packets (PreK to 12th grade)
  3. Scholastic Books Learn-at-Home Resource
  4. Get Moving Today: Ideas for Little Ones
  5. Emergency Internet Access with Comcast
  6. Greater Chicago Food Depository
  7. Student Relief Fund
  8. Social-Emotional Learning Contest #CleverCharacterChallenge
  9. COVID-19 Community Resources
  10. Wide Open School Resources

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