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Virtual Backpack: State & National Resources

Nebraska Resources

  • Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT for Nebraska 4-H's Living Room Learning! Each day, youth will participate in a hands-on virtually guided activity where they will learn about healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will focus on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

  • Tune in every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT for Nebraska 4-H's Boredom Buster Challenge! Each week, youth will be given a problem to solve using materials found in their home. On Monday, we will introduce the challenge, and on Wednesday, we will introduce exciting twists and turns! Through these hands-on virtually guided challenges youth will learn about entrepreneurship, healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

  • Visit their website for additional opportunities and activity guides for at-home learning!

  • Long time BSB partner Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a world class zoo located right here in Nebraska. An experienced afterschool provider for the Omaha Public Schools, the HD Zoo also has a strong (and growing) on-line presence to share their amazing collection with zoo goers around the world – all from the comfort and safety of their home computers. The Zoo at Home is a great way to engage students in open ended exploration of the natural world.

  • Discovery and curiosity are central to Morrill Hall's education mission. They have developed a variety of digital and interactive activities you can do at home with your family. These activities range from virtual planetarium tours, to Facebook learning sessions, hands-on science and learning activities that take either zero or basic home supplies, and more.

National Resources

  • Wonderopolis is a free product of National Center for Families Learning, a BSB partner. Each day, Wonderopolis invites visitors to explore an intriguing question about the world around us and includes activities that reinforce the content learned while building background knowledge and vocabulary skills. So, whether you’re curious about whales, Blackbeard, or artificial intelligence, we’ve got you covered! Wonderopolis’ content is translatable into more than 60 languages and includes language-specific accents, line focusing, text resizing, syllable breakdown, parts of speech identification, and a picture dictionary.

  • NCFL has developed online learning resources that can be used at home during the COVID-19 school closures.

  • The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco is one of the most engaging, hands-on science museums and center of exploration and creativity in the nation. The Tinkering Studio within the Exploratorium is both a physical makerspace as well as virtual hub offering free, hands-on experiences for youth to work on at home – and can spark a lifetime passion for science and learning. Cardboard Automata is just one activity that you can enjoy.

  • Teachers trust GoNoodle to help their students stay active, focused, and calm while infusing good energy into their classrooms. Now, with so many kids home from school, we want to keep that good energy going with GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home, a free online resource. GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home provides ways for kids and families to move and learn together. Our kids love it and we think yours will too!

  • PBS KIDS has a variety of free resources to support families: weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home, video app that offers on-demand educational videos and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8.

  • A comprehensive set of k-12 learning tools that can turbo charge any home learning environment. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.

  • Let your creativity take flight with engineering activities, online games and even videos to get you moving and training like an astronaut! Activities are grouped for students K-4th and 5th-8th grades.