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The Fleet Science Center offers Virtual Lessons to support students and teachers with home learning

Education programs are available for individual students, school groups, homeschool and teachers.

August 17, 2020


San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science  Center has developed programs to captivate, engage and keep students curious while schooling from home. Students in grades K-8 will be engrossed as they explore science with hands-on activities using materials that are easy to find or likely to already have at home. Virtual lessons for an entire classroom, homeschool groups, individual student activities or curriculum support for teachers are now available online.

The Fleet Science Center believes science is in everything and education is the foundational starting point for discovery and curiosity. All of the virtual experiences created are designed to bring out the inner scientist in your students and facilitate learning both in and beyond classrooms.

 “Overall, amazing experience! WOW! So impressed with the activities that came home and the supporting materials. Easy to follow and to get my son meaningfully engaged,” said parent of a virtual lesson attendee.

Entire classrooms can conduct a science exploration at the same time while distance learning with the many virtual lessons available for School Groups. Students are engrossed as they explore science with hands-on activities using materials that are easy to obtain or very likely to already have at home. 

For individuals or small groups, the Fleet Science Center offers virtual science clubs where students can explore an array of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more through hands-on activities.

“Thank you for offering virtual programs! And for including the materials pickup,” said another parent of a virtual class attendee. “It helps so much to have just the right materials and quantities to do the activities so that we don't have to do extra shopping or buy items in bulk.”

The Fleet’s online lessons for homeschool groups feature hands-on science activities and are designed to keep your students engaged. The online platform is a great way to continue the social connections established through homeschool groups. Options are available for single sessions and for series of five or eight classes. 

“My homeschool 4th grader LOVES these ZOOM virtual classes! He enjoys Mrs. P and loves doing science experiments before class and during class,” said a parent of a virtual homeschool class attendee. “We would LOVE to continue these virtual ZOOM classes every day, all year long! The prepackaged materials and other lesson plans are a huge plus for parents. Thank you and we look forward to future virtual classes!”

Virtual lessons are 60-minutes long and will be led by a member of the Fleet’s education team. The STEM programs at the Fleet Science Center are popular with teachers and school systems across San Diego County, including the San Diego Unified School District.

The Fleet Science Center also offers workshops and resources to K-8 teachers and informal educators to enhance and support online learning. Participants get an interdisciplinary approach to science education and highlight the science in every school subject with the Like a Scientist workshops. Reading and science are integrated in an engaging way with Picture-Book Science workshops, where books are paired with inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated. Teacher Workshops are offered any day of the week, including school breaks.

Discount options are available for multiple workshops booked in one transaction. Contact education@rhfleet.org for more information. 

For more information the Fleet’s distance learning support programs, visit www.fleetscience.org/steming-home

 

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About the Fleet Science Center:
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
 
 
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.
 

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