Virtual STEM Academy

Online, At-Home Program by ECHO Educators

ECHO Virtual STEM Academy classes are standards-aligned, 6-week learning sequences for elementary-age students. Lessons are delivered virtually one day per week along with exciting at-home activity plans. ECHO STEM Academy classes are the perfect solution for keeping your student connected to their local community while taking the planning and guesswork out of at-home science instruction.

Who’s It For?

  • Students enrolled in hybrid school programs 
  • Homeschoolers
  • At-home learning pods

Program Components

  • Morning science lessons featuring exciting science demos, animal presentations, and guest scientists, technologists, and engineers from the community
  • Themed, at-home activity plans built around everyday materials
  • Afternoon breakout sessions for small group work and activity reflection. 
  • Visual, kid-friendly weekly program guide. Click here to view program guide sample.

Ways to Participate

  • Synchronously: Log in live for morning lessons and afternoon breakout sessions on the scheduled program day
  • Asynchronously: Following along at your own pace as new content gets posted each week

Session 1 Class Offerings

Registration Now Closed

Champ in the LakeMondays, September 21 – October 26
Live-Streamed Lesson: 10 am – 10:45 am (recording available immediately after)
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 30 minutes between 2 pm – 3:30 pm, to be assigned
Full Session: Member: $30, Non-member: $45

Join Caroline and Nina as we dive into the mysterious science of lake monsters. We will meet Champ’s living reptile and amphibian relatives, investigate what adaptations Champ would need to survive in Lake Champlain, interview those in-the-know, and explore what we can do to protect lake monsters and other aquatic animals.

Under water scene in Lake ChamplainWednesdays, September 23 – October 28
Live-Streamed Lesson: 10:30 am – 11:15 am (recording available immediately after)
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 30 minutes between 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, to be assigned
Full Session: Member: $30, Non-member: $45

Join Chris and Cailee as we explore plants, animals, and the interconnectedness of life in the Lake Champlain Basin. We will go behind-the-scenes with ECHO’s live animals to learn about their diets and behaviors; conduct fun investigations of pollination, animal adaptations, and biodiversity; and catch-up with local wildlife biologists.

Earth in the middle of outer spaceWednesdays, September 23 – October 28
Live-Streamed Lesson: 9 am – 9:45 am (recording available immediately after)
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 30 minutes between 2 pm – 3:30 pm, to be assigned
Full Session: Member: $30, Non-member: $45

Carlie and Billy will guide you on an epic adventure from planet Earth to the far reaches of our galaxy. We will explore the forces that shape life on Earth and the possibility of alien life. Students will engineer asteroid-mining machines, witness the vacuum of space, and pose their most burning space questions to special guest experts.

Session 2 Class Offerings

Starts week of November 2. Check back soon!

QUESTIONS?
Contact Keely O’Brien at kobrien@echovermont.org

ARE YOU A TEACHER OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION?
Contact Elizabeth Nuckols at enuckols@echovermont.org to learn how to get access to ECHO Virtual STEM Academy content for your classroom.

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