Submitted by darrell porcello on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 14:55
With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Children’s Creativity Museum and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science are updating howtosmile.org to meet the growing needs of informal educators offering at-home STEM educational programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will establish a network of 10 new partner museums to expand the howtosmile digital library, which provides high-quality STEM activities to an active community of informal educators through best practices in digital resource management-with almost 3,500 cataloged resources. The project is also updating the digital library's legacy cataloging system to reduce complexity and increase security.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 21:52
As part of our continued efforts to support educators, families, and learners during the current public health crisis, the howtosmile team is maintaining a list of science center, planetarium, aquarium, and children's museum websites offering at-home activities and related learning resources.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Sat, 04/18/2020 - 13:00
This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—one of the biggest science events of the year. 2020 brings new challenges for Earth Day as schools and museums remain closed and many learners and their families are sheltering-in-place. We have put together two new activity lists for learners—divided by the age—to celebrate safety at-home or outdoors with good social distancing practices. Activities use print-outs and simple materials that can be found at home.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 19:15
Launched in 2010, howtosmile was started by a group of science museums dedicated to sharing great science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities with the educators and learners of the world. Given the challenging times we face in 2020, this mission is now more important than ever.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:12
In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has released a NEW set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science activities with connections to science, technology, and society.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:00
The new year brings another award for howtosmile. Homeschool Base, the internet's largest volunteer driven homeschooling website, has named howtosmile.org as one of the top 10 educational websites for math, and included the website in their best 100 educational websites for 2018.
Submitted by darrell porcello on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:29
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), in collaboration with NASA, has just released a new Earth and space science digital toolkit for educators. NISE Net developers have prepared nine up-to-date, comprehensive hands-on STEM activities to showcase the exciting science topics, missions, and research of the NASA Science Mission Directorate. Every digital activity guide comes bundled with facilitator tips, planning and promotional materials, training and content videos, and info-sheets with beautiful NASA images...newly developed and fully customized for this toolkit. The digital download is completely free, and a great resource for any educator hoping to reach their audience with engaging Earth and space science content.
Submitted by FrankKusiak on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:17
Not all kids can come to the hospital’s classroom and that means going to the child’s room to do hands-on science. A child’s situation can be such that interacting with other patients isn’t tenable for a variety of reasons. The child could be susceptible to infections or be infectious. Many times, the kid can’t physically leave the bed or room due to the realities of recovery or a result of receiving treatment. Bringing science to the kid is colloquially known as a “bedside,” because the child is in their bed and you’re using their hospital overbed table (the one they eat lunch on) to do science. But a lot of kids, who are mobile, can move about the room. At the Oakland Children’s Hospital, they have windowsill couches that are perfect for doing science. You’ll need to get the classroom staff’s impression on how mobile the kid is, and when you arrive, talk with the kid and/or parent before setting up to see what they prefer. The classroom staff has a “census” and throughout the morning, they’ll go around and talk to kids and gauge their interest in doing science. They’ll give you a list of rooms to visit and tell you what restrictions the kid may have.
Submitted by FrankKusiak on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:03
Before arriving at the children’s hospital, you’ll need to prepare hands-on science for two main venues: the classroom and the bedside (Although I have considered the waiting room a possibility, it is a busy space and may not be suitable for hands-on science as you’re competing with staff for parents attention, creating sound, and other distractions that may negatively impact the hospital’s performance.). The basic difference between the bedside and classroom is simple. With the classroom, kids come to you and for bedsides, you go to them. Each have their own challenges. This post will talk about the challenges and advantages of presenting hands-on science in the hospital classroom.
Submitted by FrankKusiak on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:26
The first post in a series of posts about doing hands-on science at a children’s hospital. With the support of a recent grant, I’ve been providing hands-on science activities at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for the last three months. Working with the hospital’s schoolroom and the kids has been very rewarding. After many years developing then delivering hands on science demos, doing science at a hospital didn’t feel like a big stretch for me, but it has been challenging! Luckily, howtosmile.org has been a treasure trove of activity ideas and I’ve developed an eye for identifying appropriate activities for this venue. I’ve started a list of activities, too, but I’ll write more about that later. My first blog posts will cover the realities of working with kids in a children’s hospital and how this website supports my work.