With social distancing measures in place, it might seem hard to still get some science in your life… we’ve compiled a list of organisations offering online or home-based content for both kids and adults, focusing on those offered by the local museums, people and groups here in South Australia.
The University of Adelaide has compiled a bunch of fun science activities to do at home, including making a home-made lava lamp, making a compass and experimenting with light!
CSIRO Double Helix has compiled a list of 15 fabulous science activities to do indoors.
Little Bang Discovery Club
Lots of South Australian libraries are currently offering our Little Bang Discovery Club, an early-childhood science program for 3-5 years olds, online! Check out the website or social media of your local library – get a taste for the program by watching the introductory session by Salisbury Library here!
SA Libraries has also made a youtube playlist of childrens’ activities that you can do at home, presented by lots of different SA libraries – there’s quite a lot of science in the mix!
Bugs and Slugs
Bugs and Slugs is an Adelaide-based insect, invertebrate and nature education for schools, kindergartens, universities, community groups, public events and cultural institutes in South Australia. Kristen is busy creating lots of amazing (both free and subscription) online content that will educate you and your little ones at home during lock down – check out her first video below, and keep up with new content on the Bugs and Slugs Facebook Page
Our friend Prof Flint of Heaps Good Productions has started a new online venture – Dinosaur University! For a very small sum a month ($3 or $7), you can support Prof Flint during this tricky time, and bring some paleontology into your home! Check out the Dinosaur University Facebook Page for details and a link to the Patreon page.
Bush Blitz: Backyard Species Discovery
Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest species discovery program—it takes expert taxonomists on expeditions to remote locations to record plants and animals. Now anyone can join the Bush Blitz team on a virtual expedition, from anywhere in Australia!
With expeditions on hold due to COVID-19, Bush Blitz has organised a virtual expedition to continue adding to our knowledge of Australian biodiversity.While we can’t promise you’ll find a new species, you will discover some amazing plants and animals living in your own backyard*, learn to identify them with the help of Bush Blitz scientists and contribute valuable data to the Atlas of Living Australia.
*Your ‘backyard’ can be your house, garden or anywhere you visit regularly like your street, park or local reserve.
To be part of the virtual expedition, join this project and remember to add each observation to the iNaturalist project as you upload it so we can see what you’ve found. With three-quarters of Australia’s biodiversity still to be discovered, we expect this expedition to be around far longer than the pandemic so please join anytime you like.
You can also find a great list of citizen science projects that can be done from home in this article by The Conversation, including a project that helps with COVID-19 research.
Marine Discovery Centre
The Marine Discovery Centre in Henley Beach is creating lots of great videos sharing the content that visitors would normally only get by coming in to the centre – follow their Facebook Page for updates – scroll down through the page to find out about the life under our waters!
South Australian Museum
The SA Museum is now closed – but you can head to their social media, including their Facebook Page where they’re going to be bring you lots more online content very soon!
Adelaide Planetarium and NASA at Home
Love space, or know someone who does? Follow the Adelaide Planetarium Facebook Page for great content about the sky above us, and check out NASA at home for all sorts of activities that will help bring the universe into your house.
The Museum of Discovery has launched a brand new online exhibition – Life Interrupted. Explore their signature intersection of art and science from the comfort of your couch! You can also follow their Facebook Page to find the livestream of the exhibition opening.
Nature Play Mentor Training
The Centre for Ecological Learning is offering their 6 week online nature play mentoring course on a ‘pay what you can’ basis. This online training provides six weeks of interactive experiential learning and guided reflection to give you the skills necessary to mentor young children in the natural environment. More info here.
Know more great science that can be accessed from home, especially those by our local institutions? Let us know and we’ll share it!