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Careers in Horticulture - FREE!

Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of the great gardens of the world and hear from the people that make it successful. Learn about the variety of career opportunities in horticulture and gain a better understanding of career pathways. Interact with a Longwood Educator throughout the presentation and discover this professional field.

Length: 30 minutes

*Request a date and time for your class!*

Audience:
5-12
Facilitator:
Longwood Gardens
Presenter:

American Indians - FREE!

American Indians are part of the past, present, and future of the United States. Explore histories and cultures of some American Indians as captured by both Native and non-Native artists. Discuss the influence of geography, tradition, and tribal affiliation on contemporary Indian artists.

Length: 40-60 Minutes based on your needs

*Request a date and time for your class!*

Audience:
3-12
Facilitator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Presenter:

World Traveler - FREE!

December 3, 2021
11:10 am

Get ready for an adventure around the world! As we travel across the globe, your group will meet different animals and explore the places that they call home. They will discover what animals need to survive and predict what might happen if those basic needs are not met. By the end of this program, we hope that participants develop a greater appreciation for wildlife and the habitats that they live in.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
PK, K-3
Facilitator:
Virginia Zoo
Presenter:

Strange and Amazing Aircraft Tour-FREE!

December 3, 2021
1:00 pm

This tour introduces students grades K–2 to a wide range of unique aircraft designs. At the end of the program, students will be able to describe different types of aircraft and their functions including gliders, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and even flying cars!

Audience:
K-2
Facilitator:
The Museum of Flight
Presenter:

Fossil Planet: Insects! - FREE!

December 3, 2021
2:10 pm

Fossil Planet is a special program offered by the Royal Tyrrell Distance Learning Studio that takes our audience around the world to explore the history of life on earth. Insects, the most successful and numerous animals of all time. They hold a wide variety of specialized adaptations and have a strong ability to react with their environment. Insects are very quick to evolve to new opportunities and the fossil record can show us an amazing glimpse into the lives of insects from millions of years ago. This program will cover the tough armor exoskeleton found in insects and why this makes insect fossils possible. We will also look at insect fossils encased in amber and their relatives the trilobites and sea scorpions.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
4-7
Facilitator:
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Presenter:

Volcano Science - FREE!

December 6, 2021
11:10 am

How do volcanoes form? What roles do viscosity and gases play in forming volcanoes? Learn all about volcanoes as you see some exciting experiments!

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
2-4
Facilitator:
Science Museum of Virginia
Presenter:

Talk to a Paramedic - FREE!

December 6, 2021
2:10 pm

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a paramedic? Ever had any questions about what paramedics do and the important job they have? Perhaps one day you will be a paramedic. Today, we’ll meet a real-life paramedic, so get your questions ready.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
1-4
Facilitator:
Museum of Health Care at Kingston
Presenter:

Fascinating Felines at the Memphis Zoo - FREE!

December 7, 2021
12:10 pm

If you have always been more of a cat person, this program may be right for you! Join us so you can experience all the special characteristics of Memphis Zoo’s big cats. From cheetahs playing chase to happy lion roars, we’ll try to fit in a much big cat information as we can in our time together.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
K-3
Facilitator:
Memphis Zoo
Presenter:

Fashions of the Pharaoh - FREE!

December 7, 2021
1:00 pm

People in power often have a special style of dress that sets them apart from the crowd. Look closely at artifacts from ancient Egypt to learn more about the clothing and adornment worn by pharaohs and elite people. Discover the meaning and message conveyed by certain clothing or adornment. Think about the way you look when you feel your best, and follow along as we design fashion worthy of a ruler!

Audience:
K-12
Facilitator:
Penn Museum
Presenter:

Starts with a Problem - FREE!

December 7, 2021
1:10 pm

Students will use the engineering design process while working in small teams to solve real-world engineering racing problems. Students will be given an engineering problem to address and will need to utilize the engineering process to design, plan, create and improve based on their solution to the program. Problems are based around racing.

Supplemental Materials:

NASCAR Hall of Fame_Starts with a problem_Supplies and Materials

Audience:
3-5
Facilitator:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Presenter:

NEW- Mindfulness Series for Educators!- FREE!

December 7, 2021
3:00 pm

The holiday season can bring up excitement, intensity, connection, uncertainty, responsiveness, and reactiveness. But mindfulness practice can help educators feel regulated and balanced as we transition into the holidays and Winter Break. To help close out 2021 on a positive note, join Anne Contreras for a four-part series of interactive, 20-minute guided meditation practices in support of your own self-care.

Please register for each event independently.

Dec. 7th, 9th, 14th, and 16th at 3pmEST

Audience:
Educators only
Facilitator:
Presenter:
Anne Contreras - Pure Edge, Inc.

Career Connection: Culinary - FREE!

December 8, 2021
10:00 am

Are you interested in a career in the field of the culinary arts? Join us for a virtual discussion with Kylie Russell, BOCES alum and bakery owner, as she shares her career story and learn more about the employment opportunities that exist within the culinary field.  

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter:
Kylie Russell - Bakery Owner

Exploring the Solar System - FREE!

December 8, 2021
12:10 pm

Discover your place in space with this virtual planetarium show! Explore the planets of our solar system, as well as moons, asteroids, and comets, and learn about how people explore them using technology and in-person. Go from our backyard view of a “flat earth” through the earth-centered and then sun-centered solar system, model moon phases, and discover the technology we use to understand other planets and what that data teaches us about our own planet.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
5-9
Facilitator:
Manitoba Museum
Presenter:

Stewards of the Sea - FREE!

December 8, 2021
1:00 pm

Discover sources of pollution and their effects in the environment. Learn about our marine mammals that have been entangled in trash and rehabilitated!

Audience:
3-5
Facilitator:
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Presenter:

Art of Ancient Nubia - FREE!

December 8, 2021
1:10 pm

Examine ancient Nubian art to learn about this sophisticated ancient civilization and its complex relationship with neighboring ancient Egypt. Students will explore how 20th-century MFA archaeologists interpreted Nubian art and culture and what the museum is doing now to correct those earlier misconceptions and biases.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
6-12
Facilitator:
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Presenter:

Fish of the Future - FREE!

December 9, 2021
12:10 pm

How do you get protein? Seafood is a major source of protein for around 3 billion people around the world! With so many mouths to feed, humans need to get creative. Dig into the world of small-scale fisheries, traditional fishing practices and sustainable food choices.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
5-8
Facilitator:
Ocean Wise
Presenter:

Geology: Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree - FREE!

December 9, 2021
1:00 pm

In Geology of Joshua Tree: Rocks and Minerals, a ranger leads an exploration of rocks and minerals of Joshua Tree National Park. Students will complete a journal page along with a ranger as they take a close look at the composition of their local rocks. This program can be modified for various grades and ages.

Audience:
2-6
Facilitator:
Joshua Tree National Park
Presenter:

Fossil Teeth - FREE!

December 9, 2021
2:10 pm


Fossil skeletons can tell us a lot about extinct animals even though we can’t see them walking around today. Tooth shape is one of the many ways that scientists can discover what animals like dinosaurs and mammoths ate. Join palaeontologist Derek Larson as he discusses herbivores, carnivores, ecosystems, and fossil teeth and shows examples from the fossil record. Students will learn what tooth shapes are known for different diets, and how students can use this information to spot herbivores and carnivores today.

Themes – Oldest and Oddest
Themes – Fossil Finds
Themes – BC Mountain Dinosaur

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
4-7
Facilitator:
Royal BC Museum
Presenter:

NEW- Mindfulness Series for Educators!- FREE!

December 9, 2021
3:00 pm

The holiday season can bring up excitement, intensity, connection, uncertainty, responsiveness, and reactiveness. But mindfulness practice can help educators feel regulated and balanced as we transition into the holidays and Winter Break. To help close out 2021 on a positive note, join Anne Contreras for a four-part series of interactive, 20-minute guided meditation practices in support of your own self-care.

Please register for each event independently.

Dec. 7th, 9th, 14th, and 16th at 3pmEST

Audience:
Educators only
Facilitator:
Presenter:
Anne Contreras - Pre Edge Inc.

Pluto: Our Favorite Dwarf Planet - FREE!

December 10, 2021
12:10 pm

In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, giving us our first up close look at the dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system. In this lesson, we will explore the properties of Pluto, talk about why it’s called a dwarf planet and not a regular planet, and learn more about other dwarf planets in the Solar System.

Rapson Pluto – Teacher Guide

Duration 30-40 minutes

Audience:
K-5
Facilitator:
Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson
Presenter:

Animals in the Hall- FREE!

December 10, 2021
1:00 pm

Learn to “think like a zoologist!” We will venture down our Hall of Nebraska Wildlife exhibit and actively study our dioramas full of native Nebraska animals. Students are encouraged to listen, observe, and question each explored window. Animals viewed include rattlesnakes, bison, water fowl, prairie dogs, coyotes, rabbits, and mountain lions. The minutes fly by with interactive question and answer time, physical exploration and group discovery about animal senses, habitats, and behaviors. It's a zoological adventure!

Audience:
K-2
Facilitator:
Explore Natural History!
Presenter:

The Civil War - FREE!

December 10, 2021
1:10 pm

What was life like during the Civil War for soldiers and civilians? What were the causes of the Civil War? Experience what was needed to survive and what life was like as a Civil War soldier using reproduced artifacts like minié bullets, uniforms, and hardtack.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
3-5
Facilitator:
Atlanta History Center
Presenter:

Rocks that GLOW: Exploring Fluorescent Minerals - FREE!

December 13, 2021
12:10 pm

Did you know that rocks can GLOW? While some rocks and minerals can look plain and dull, under different wavelengths of ultraviolet light, they fluoresce hot pink, orange, purple, red, and more! Why do some rocks fluoresce while others don’t? Explore the world of brightly colored fluorescent minerals with paleontologist and educator, Ashley Hall.

Rocks that GLOW_ Exploring Fluorescent Minerals_Teacher Guide

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
2-4
Facilitator:
Museum of the Rockies
Presenter:

Wolf 101 - FREE!

December 13, 2021
1:00 pm

In this program, we cover the basics of gray wolf biology and behavior. Join us to learn where wolves live, what they eat and how they've adapted to different environments

Audience:
K-6
Facilitator:
International Wolf Center
Presenter:

Drawing Desert Life - FREE!

December 13, 2021
1:10 pm

Get your crayons, pencils, and paper ready! In this interactive class an Education Specialist will teach you how to draw desert life. More than just drawing and illustrating though, you will observe details of life all around you. Hone your observation skills and have fun as you meet and draw the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert!

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
2-5
Facilitator:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Presenter:

Writers' Workshop: Creative Writing - FREE!

December 14, 2021
11:10 am

Natalie Rompella, author of such books as Secrets to Storytelling, Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners, and Edgar, Allan, and Poe and the Tell-Tale Beets will walk your students through a creative writing story starter to get them thinking and writing about a character and setting. Students should come ready to write.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
4-7
Facilitator:
Author Natalie Rompella
Presenter:

Nature in Our Holiday Traditions - FREE!

December 14, 2021
12:10 pm

When you think of this time of year, what smells and colours come to mind? Pine, gingerbread, mulled cider, green, and red? These are related to plants that have been used to celebrate our winter holidays for thousands of years within different cultures. In fact, most of the plants that we use today for holidays have long histories and amazing stories from ancient times. These stories come from all around the world, and are part of many religions and beliefs. During the presentation, depending on the time, we’ll demonstrate how to make a simple door decoration and/ or a pomander.

RBG Holiday Traditions_Activities
RBG Holiday Traditions_Worksheet

Audience:
4-8
Facilitator:
Royal Botanical Gardens
Presenter:

Myths in Painting: Greek Vases - FREE!

December 14, 2021
1:00 pm

Investigate a series of painted vessels to uncover stories about mythical gods and creatures from ancient Greece. Through interactive conversation with a Museum educator, you will explore the poses, symbols, materials, and artistic techniques used by makers to learn more about how ancient Greeks interacted with the world. Think about how you would tell a story in a single image by using your newly trained eye to match Greek myths to their correct pottery pieces.

Audience:
K-12
Facilitator:
Penn Museum
Presenter:

NEW - Mindfulness Series for Educators!- FREE!

December 14, 2021
3:00 pm

The holiday season can bring up excitement, intensity, connection, uncertainty, responsiveness, and reactiveness. But mindfulness practice can help educators feel regulated and balanced as we transition into the holidays and Winter Break. To help close out 2021 on a positive note, join Anne Contreras for a four-part series of interactive, 20-minute guided meditation practices in support of your own self-care.

Please register for each event independently.

Dec. 7th, 9th, 14th, and 16th at 3pmEST

Audience:
Educators only
Facilitator:
Presenter:
Anne Contreras - Pure Edge Inc.

Jelly Bellies: Scientific Observation of Cassiopea Jellyfish - FREE!

December 15, 2021
11:10 am


The MarineLab instructors will broadcast live from a preferred home of the Cassiopea jellyfish- the MarineLab boat basin! Students will practice making scientific observations using live Cassiopea while learning all about this jellyfish. We will conclude with “three truths and a lie” to help dispel myths of this oft-feared creature. Implications of society’s view on organisms such as jellyfish will be discussed.

Jelly Bellies_Teacher Guide

Duration 20 to 30 minutes

Audience:
3-8
Facilitator:
MarineLab
Presenter:

Phonics (Sprinkled with Magic): Two Vowels Side by Side - FREE!

December 15, 2021
12:10 pm

My Magic Hat Rules! is a phonological awareness lesson based book written to help students learn how to take words apart and sound out words, especially those in word families. (goat, boat, moat, coat, float) Each new word is pulled from the Magic Hat, while experienced teacher and author, Debi Novotny, encourages participation by modeling how to sound out, read, and write each new word! This story also offers a predictable rhyming pattern that boosts the confidence of even the most reluctant reader. Come along and enjoy the magic of reading with Debi, Magic Hat, Magic Wand, and Puppet Rhyming Rabbit!

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
PK, K-2
Facilitator:
Author Debi Novotny
Presenter:

All About Habitats - FREE!

December 15, 2021
1:00 pm

Habitats are places where animals live. From deserts to rain forests to oceans, habitats are as diverse as the animals that live there. Compare and contrast different habitats by visiting exhibits at the Toledo Zoo to meet live animals up close and personal.

Audience:
1-5
Facilitator:
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Presenter:

Light and Color - FREE!

December 16, 2021
11:10 am

Live from Australia, it’s colorful science. From absorption to reflection, students will gain a strong understanding of light and it’s applications in everyday life. Investigate the visible light spectrum, including color addition and subtraction. Explore luminescent minerals and other objects using ultraviolet light. Find out why sunsets are red and learn about color and energy relationships. How can you make colored shadows? Learn about translucent, transparent, and opaque materials – Learn about refraction vs. reflection and how to make a telescope. Investigate optical fiber and it’s use in hi-speed broadband technology. Mix creative color changing chemical concoctions and see illusions!

Experiment: Why are Sunsets Red?

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
3-7
Facilitator:
Fizzics Education
Presenter:

Reindeer: On the Move - FREE!

December 16, 2021
12:10 pm

Nonfiction science author Ginjer Clarke shares fun facts, myth-busters, and exciting animal adventures with select excerpts from her newest beginning reader title, Reindeer: On the Move. Along the way, she will share information about migrations, adaptations, and habitats using maps and photos to provide additional content.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
PK, K-2
Facilitator:
Author Ginjer Clarke
Presenter:

Pollination Investigation - FREE!

December 16, 2021
1:00 pm

Pollination Investigation walks students through the process of pollination and explores how vital it is to Zion National Park and all ecosystems.

Audience:
3-4
Facilitator:
Zion National Park
Presenter:

NEW - Mindfulness Series for Educators!- FREE!

December 16, 2021
3:00 pm

The holiday season can bring up excitement, intensity, connection, uncertainty, responsiveness, and reactiveness. But mindfulness practice can help educators feel regulated and balanced as we transition into the holidays and Winter Break. To help close out 2021 on a positive note, join Anne Contreras for a four-part series of interactive, 20-minute guided meditation practices in support of your own self-care.

Please register for each event independently.

Dec. 7th, 9th, 14th, and 16th at 3pmEST

Audience:
Educators only
Facilitator:
Presenter:
Anne Contreras - Pure Edge Inc.

Puzzles, Problems, and Games: Problem Solving - FREE!

December 17, 2021
11:10 am

Live from South Africa, join Mr. S, your mathemagics guide, on a wonderful journey of exploration and discovery using math as the vehicle. Problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking skills will be explored through a digital, interactive whiteboard. Put your thinking cap on and get ready for some fun. Today’s focus is on problem solving.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
1-3
Facilitator:
Living Maths
Presenter:

History Detectives -FREE!

December 17, 2021
1:00 pm

Engage your detective skills to uncover time capsules created from the Museum’s collection of 1960s artifacts. Learn about President Kennedy and the 1960s by examining primary source materials including photographs, magazines, toys, clothing and more. Students will unpack time capsules and discover information about the person who prepared it and then share their findings.

Audience:
3-8
Facilitator:
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Presenter:

The History & Science of Toy Invention - FREE!

December 20, 2021
11:10 am

This program begins with a brief introduction about classic toys from long ago. Students will learn about events from the past and why these selected toys were invented. This introduction is an important step in the creative process and helps to establish the skills necessary to transform ideas into something more. The basic principles for inventing a toy are discussed then tested out as we collaborate to invent a pretend toy.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
2-6
Facilitator:
The Toy Museum of NY
Presenter:

Bones & Tone: A Moving Experience - FREE!

December 20, 2021
1:00 pm

Students will discover fun facts about their skeleton and muscles and use these systems in various activities while learning the names of important muscles and bones. An emphasis of the program will be to learn how to keep these systems healthy and active.

Audience:
2-6
Facilitator:
McMillen Health
Presenter:

Where Did the Mammoths Go? - FREE!

December 20, 2021
2:10 pm

The extinction of the Ice Age megafauna is a topic lively debated amongst Cenozoic scholars. In this program, students will learn about the potential for extinction to be caused by climate shift, overhunting by humans, and disease. The evidence for and against each theory will be discussed. Students will see how early humans used a variety of stone tools to hunt and process mammoths. Lastly, using the rock record students will see how the Earth has shifted past climates and how that could have affected these animals.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
6-9
Facilitator:
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
Presenter:

Christmas in Wartime - FREE!

December 21, 2021
11:10 am

World War II impacted how holidays were celebrated with family members serving overseas and rationing limiting what could be bought in the store. Did you know that even Santa joined the war effort? In this program, we will learn how people celebrated Christmas during the 1940s and then together, we will make a ornament.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
K-5
Facilitator:
National D-Day Memorial
Presenter:

Celebrate Winter with Light! - FREE!

December 21, 2021
1:00 pm

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used light as a symbol during their celebrations. Discover more about the ancient pagan Festival of Lights, and how parts of this tradition continue today to mark the Winter Solstice. Learn more about how civilizations across the ancient world bring light into their holidays, from Diwali to Christmas to Hannukah, using special vessels and tools to shine through the darkness. Finish by creating a personalized design for your own ancient lamp.

Audience:
K-12
Facilitator:
Penn Museum
Presenter:

Robot Memories with micro:bit - FREE!

December 21, 2021
2:10 pm

While Elby is visiting his grandma Dottie during a terrible storm and resulting power outage, her memory files become corrupted. Together, we need to find them and bring them back to life with color and movement.
CodeJoy participants will learn the basics of coding tri-LEDs and motors.

A computer or Chromebook is required for you to interact with our in-studio robots.

Duration 30 to 40 minutes

Audience:
4-8
Facilitator:
CodeJoy
Presenter:

Career Connection: Education - FREE!

January 13, 2022
1:00 pm

Are you interested in a possible career in the field of education? Join us for a virtual discussion with Ashley LaMarche, BOCES alum, as she shares her career story and learn more about the employment opportunities that exist within the education field.

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter:
Ashley LaMarche - Educator

Career Connection: Agriculture - FREE!

February 2, 2022
1:00 pm

Interested in a possible career in the field of agriculture? Join us for a virtual discussion with an individual who works in the industry as they share their career story and learn more about the employment opportunities that exist within the agricultural field.  

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter:

Career Connection: Health Sciences - FREE!

March 10, 2022
10:00 am

Are you interested in a possible career in the field of health sciences? Join us for a virtual discussion with an individual who works in the industry as they share their career story and learn more about the employment opportunities that exist within the health sciences field.  

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter:

Career Connection: Transportation - FREE!

April 20, 2022
1:00 pm

Are you interested in a possible career in the field in transportation? Join us for a virtual discussion with an individual who works in the industry as they share their career story and learn more about the employment opportunities that exist within the transportation field.  

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter:

Career Connection: HVAC/Plumbing - FREE!

May 18, 2022
1:00 pm

Are you interested in a possible career in the field of HVAC/Plumbing? Join is for a virtual discussion with an individual who works inthe industry as they share their career story and learn more about theemployment opportunities that exist within the HVAC/Plumbing field.

Audience:
7-12
Facilitator:
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Presenter: