• November 28, 2020
 Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Insights Museum offers info on ‘At Home Activities’

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Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Insights Museum offers info on ‘At Home Activities’

Wondering what do with the kiddos during their extended break? Insights Museum has the answers you seek!

Below is a list of activities, both indoor and outdoor, that allow for social distancing while keeping the learning alive during this time of quarantine.

Insights will be adding more activities through the duration of quarantine protocols.

STEAM Activities

Artificial Intelligence  4th-8th Grade – Technovation Families is a free, hands-on artificial intelligence education program that brings families together to learn, play, and create with AI. Each lesson provides different concepts and activities that lead to the creation of a final project, and invention that solves a problem in their community using AI.

Google Science Journal Experiments 4th-12th Grade – Using the Science Journal app, turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more with simple experiments.

Science Snacks all ages – These short, hands-on science activities are quick, easy, and sure to puzzle the whole family.

Movie Science K-12th Grade – Activities, talking points, and worksheets to accompany major motion pictures. Also, take a look at Movie Sheets for printable worksheets to accompany movies and educational documentaries.

Amazing Space Videos High School and up – NASA’s Goddard Media Studios have been busy assembling some great segments about our latest missions and some amazing images that our space explorers have captures.

Everyday Astronomy with Amy All ages – This site offers local astronomy information from El Paso’s very own NASA Solar System Ambassador.

NASA Space Place K-6th Grade – NASA has tons of space related activities and resources for your future astronauts.

Outdoor Activities

iNaturalist Observations All ages – El Paso is blessed with a wonderful outdoor classroom and 300 days of sunshine per year. Why not take a hike and use iNaturalist to record some of your observations of plants and animals to help local scientists?

iNaturalist Ants of the Chihuahua Desert All ages – This collaborative project helps local entomologists and makes a great addition to UTEP Centennial Museum and Desert Garden’s current Ants Exhibit.

Augment El Paso Mural Tour All ages – Download this local app and checkout El Paso’s great new murals with augmented reality.

GLOBE Observer All ages – This is an international network of scientists and citizen scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. To participate, just download the GLOBE Observer app and submit regular observations.

Globe at Night All ages – Dark skies are important. Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure and submit their night sky brightness observations. Don’t miss their March observation campaign for Gemini and Orion.

Virtual Field Trips

Trips for Tots 3-7 years – The Waterford organization has compiled a great list of virtual trips for younger children.

NASA’s 2020 Mars Mission 3rd-10th Grade – Check out the latest simulations of our upcoming missions to Mars.

Discovery Education K-12th Grade – Discovery has a comprehensive list of excellent and sometimes interactive virtual field trips across the globe.

Arts and Crafts

DIY Circuits, Robots, and More  3rd-8th Grade – Insights has used many of these great computer science activities in their afterschool programs and especially recommend the self-stopping robot. Some materials are required for these activities; however, most can be purchased on Amazon and Insights probably has extra in stock if you just need a few motors.

Coloring Nature All ages – This site offers tons of free printable scientifically accurate coloring pages with categories include: biomes, anatomy, animals, plants, and more.

Amy Cooley

A native El Pasoan, Amy Cooley attended Parkland High School before beginning her studies in physics at EPCC. With her love of dark skies increasing, she transferred to New Mexico Tech University where she earned her degree in Astronomy. Moving back to El Paso in 2008, she now wants to share her love of the cosmos with the city she calls home.

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