University of Nebraska State Museum Launches Free Online Learning Activities

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The State Museum at the University of Nebraska has expanded its educational programming to provide free science and natural history learning opportunities for families who socialize at home.

New offerings include hands-on activities, virtual excursions, digital learning sessions and virtual planetarium shows every week. The general public can access the activities and videos free of charge on the museum’s website

The activities follow a weekly schedule:

On Mondays, the educational team shares a new hands-on activity for children and families. The activities require little or no supplies.

From Tuesday through April, the public can sign up for a virtual tour at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. CST.

On Wednesdays, Mueller Planetarium releases a virtual planetarium show covering a variety of astronomical topics, such as the phases of the moon, current constellations visible in the night sky, and the science of satellites.

On Fridays, the museum offers natural history-themed video learning sessions on Facebook and the museum’s website. These sessions feature researchers from the NU State Museum collection and cover a variety of topics, such as fossils and world cultures.

“Children and adults can engage in learning science, technology, engineering and math in many contexts and in different ways,” said Emily Osberg-Brown, Education Supervisor at the Museum. “During this unprecedented time, our museum is in a unique position to be able to help parents continue to learn STEM in their own homes through easy projects, virtual excursions and videos with our scientists. STEM is all around us. It’s our job during this time to help make it more accessible.

The free educational activities are the result of a collaborative effort between the four sites of the State Museum of the University of Nebraska: Morrill Hall, Research Collections, Ashfall Fossil Beds, and Trailside Museum of Natural History.

Individuals or families with questions can send an email to [email protected]


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