With travel on hold for now, the Franklin Institute has designed a number of fun educational resources educators could share virtually to stay connected.
#FranklinOutside Scavenger Hunt
Head outside and observe the world around you! Join TFI’s Environmental Scientist Rachel Valletta in a nature scavenger hunt.
Explore, create, and learn together—from home! Kid-friendly with a dash of fun and a dollop of laughter, each recipe is custom made for families using everyday household ingredients.
Night Skies @ Home
Look to the sky. Find your direction. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him live on Facebook every Thursday at 7:45 p.m. for night sky tours from home.
Activate Your Brain!
Your brain is always changing. Find out how and why through these interactive activities from the Franklin Institute’s award-winning exhibit Your Brain. Whether you’re connecting brain cells or playing with faces, what you learn will literally change your mind!
Here, the Franklin Institute shares a series of their favorite science experiments—some students could even do at home!
It’s here that the Franklin Institute breaks down a few examples of what they like to call “B.S.” That’s … Bad Science!
Tour the Giant Heart
Though the Franklin Institute may be closed right now, the Giant Heart still beats on!
Test Your Knowledge!
How much do you know about the world around you?
Mission: Materials Science
Materials science is the study of stuff! Your students’ mission? To learn how materials science and engineering is at work all around them.
Spot the International Space Station!
Students could become an ISS spotting expert! All they need is their phone and a place to view from—your backyard, your front step, a nearby intersection—but no telescope.
Can’t tune in for the Facebook live events and want to watch again later? All episodes are available on the Franklin Institute YouTube channel. Be sure to also tune into the Franklin Institute Facebook page on Mondays at 3 p.m. for COVID-19 Updates with Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Teach & Travel.