There are numerous providers around the world that create and facilitate educational content for free or with minimal costs.
Challenger Learning Center
The Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester was created to inspire students’ interest in science and math. When students fly their Mission to Mars, not only do they have fun, but they also exercise the development of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) process skills by completing curriculum-based activities aligned with New York State Learning Standards. Every single student is 100% engaged in a truly state of the art facility that incorporates hands-on science activities that help improve problem-solving skills and enhance creative and critical-thinking abilities.
Established in 1994, we have been thought leaders in the interactive virtual learning space since before “remote learning” and “virtual experiences” were catchphrases. Over the years, we have developed hundreds of partnerships—with museums, zoos, science and performing arts centers—to provide kids and educators with access to limitless learning opportunities. We expand boundaries and change lives by making learning accessible, regardless of physical location or financial well being.
Connect 2 Texas
Connect2Texas is a network of Texas-based educational content providers including museums, authors, and cultural, historical and scientific organizations. These providers utilize interactive videoconferencing to deliver live educational programs and professional development to school children and educators across the country. Bring the scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom!
FREE – Exploring the world from your classroom. Empatico is a free platform that matches and connects K-8 classrooms across the world through live video exchanges using best-in-class meeting tools, supported by a robust content library with communication and community building tools for educators.
FREE – Live streamed and on-demand events through Flip with experts, authors, and creators.
FREE – The network created among Flip (formerly Flipgrid) users to find other Flip-using classes for collaboration and learning.
FREE – New York State Distance Learning Consortium (NYSDLC) provides opportunities, services, and professional development related to distance learning and e-learning. Using 21st century learning technologies and solutions, we enrich student learning by enhancing and expanding the traditional role of education through virtual environments.
Scientists in Action
FREE – Want to take your students on an amazing field trip? Scientists in Action connects students directly with scientists during a live, interactive broadcast from field sites or research labs. During these free, 45 minute Q&A sessions, scientists demonstrate research techniques, share new discoveries, demystify the scientific process, and open a window into science careers. Live or archived events.
Skype with a Scientist
FREE – Skype a Scientist has a database of thousands of scientists and helps them connect with classrooms, families, libraries, scout troops, and more all over the globe! We give students the opportunity to get to know a real scientist and get the answers to their questions straight from the source.