• An educator points to a worksheet while standing in front of a web camera.
    Academy educators are ready to connect with your students virtually.
  • Two educators draw a leaf during a distance learning program.
    Choose a distance learning program for your San Francisco school this fall!
  • kids in the plants lab
    Your class will get an interactive science experience led by Academy educators.
  • tabling at family night
    And be sure to join us for Family Nights once the museum reopens!
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Concerned about science education during COVID? We've got your class covered!

Eligibility

The Rock Fund Program is open to all kindergarten - 5th grade classes from San Francisco schools, whether public, private, or parochial.

Our goal is to connect and support all students, teachers, and schools in science education in a way that students feel that science and nature are for them, and can see how science and nature are relevant to their lives and communities.

September - December 2020 FREE live online programs

In lieu of in-person field trips during this fall semester, we have devised a menu of live online programs. Read through the options below before completing the application for your free program. We will fit you into one of your top choices.

  • Do you teach a Special Day Class, Newcomer Class, or Inclusion Class? Scroll down directly to the Individualized one-time virtual programs.
     
  • Is your class primarily taught in a language other than English or Spanish? Scroll down directly to the Individualized one-time virtual programs.
     
  • Are you a homeschool family or learning pod teacher? Browse our Distance Learning page for free live stream options.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Webinars

Each webinar is a 30-minute lesson, taught by professional educators, and broadcast to multiple classes at the same time. Kinesthetic movement is included during each lesson. Teachers receive a web link to the broadcast and get an optional activity to do before or after the program. These options are great for classes who may meet asynchronously because links of the recordings will be shared.

Mission to the Moon (3rd Tuesday of each month, Sept - Dec 2020) 
Join a planetarium presenter to explore how cultures around the world observe the Moon, and take an imaginary journey to the Moon’s surface.

Pierre the Penguin (October 9, 2020)
What happens when an Academy penguin gets sick? Read along with an Academy educator to learn about what happened to one of the Academy's most famous residents, Pierre the penguin!

Waddle Like a Penguin (November 13, 2020) 
Discover how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Students will waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony.

Art & Science (December 11, 2020)
Nature is a muse that inspires artists and scientists to imagine, design and create their work. Students will find their own inspiration from nature, and learn how to scientifically sketch a natural object.

  • 10 am Webinar in English
  • 11 am Webinar, Bilingual in Spanish & English
  • Program details and extension activities will be posted later this fall
3rd - 5th grade: Interactive webinar series

Each webinar series consists of three weekly consecutive sessions in one month. Each live session is a 30-minute lesson, taught by a team of professional educators, and broadcast to multiple classes at the same time. Students will interact with the educators through polls, chat box and hands-on activities. Teachers will receive optional extension activities for students to do in between each webinar, but are encouraged to attend all three sessions as they build upon one another. These options are great for classes who may meet asynchronously because links of the recordings will be shared.

3-part Series: Life in a Museum (September 16 - October 1, 2020) 
What’s a museum? The who? The what? The how? Students will notice, wonder, sketch and think deeply while exploring what and who makes up our museum. Looking closely at exhibits, collections, and the science behind them, students will build skills that help them collect and share information, just like our Academy scientists.

  • 3rd Grade, in English Only: Wednesdays at 10 am
  • 3rd Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Thursdays at 10 am
  • 4th & 5th Grade, in English Only: Wednesdays at 11 am
  • 4th & 5th Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Thursdays at 11 am
  • Program details and extension activities for students

3-part Series: Spooktacular Science (October 6 - 22, 2020) 
Which do you find most spooky - bugs, bones or guts? Can you think of why each of these are important to study? During this science unit we will focus on each of these topics to solve a larger mystery of a decomposing skull found by scientists.

  • 3rd Grade, in English Only: Tuesdays at 11 am
  • 3rd Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Wednesdays at 11 am
  • 4th & 5th Grade, in English Only: Tuesdays at 10 am *Filled to Capacity*
  • 4th & 5th Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Wednesday at 10 am
  • Program details and extension activities for students

3-part Series: Coastal Redwoods (November 3 - 19, 2020) 
Sessions will explore how redwoods trees are able to grow so large and live for so long compared to other tree species.

3-part Series: Solar System Explorations (November 6 - 20, 2020) 
Students will explore the questions: What makes up our solar system? How do astronomers observe it and plot the motions over time? What parts of the Solar System can I see with my own eyes from my own home? 

3-part Series: Tis the Season for Science (December 1 - 17, 2020)
More information will be released about this soon. Topics will likely include seasonal birds and their migrations in San Francisco Bay, and comparing that to the seasonal migrations and adaptations of reindeer.

  • 3rd Grade, in English Only: Tuesdays at 11 am
  • 3rd Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Thursdays at 11 am
  • 4th & 5th Grade, in English Only: Tuesdays at 10 am
  • 4th & 5th Grade, Bilingual in Spanish & English: Thursdays at 10 am
Kindergarten - 5th grade: Individualized one-time virtual programs

These options are prioritized for SPED/inclusion classes, newcomer classes, and/or for classes taught primarily in languages other than English or Spanish. If your class does not have one of these classifications, but you think it would be best for your students, you are still encouraged to apply and we will do our best to fit you in.

Each program is 30-minutes long and taught by a professional educator who converses directly with your students via webcam and microphone. Students will also interact with educators through polls, chat box and hands-on activities, as age appropriate. Teachers receive a private link ahead of time to share with their students. Generally we use Zoom with classes, but we may be open to other videoconferencing platforms. These programs are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm.

Waddle Like a Penguin
Discover how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Students will waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony.

Exploring Collections
Students will explore collections while building the scientific skill of sketching.

Mystery Skulls
Although skulls can't talk, they can communicate a lot! In this live, interactive program, students will become Science Detectives, seeking out clues to identify the animal skulls, and collect evidence about what adaptations help them survive in their environments.

A shaded path winds through trees.

We will release a plan for Spring semester 2021 at a later date.

Teaching classes in person with your students? If you are interested in having Academy educators come teach in an outdoor space at or near your San Francisco school with physical distancing protocols in place, email therockprogram@calcademy.org.

We Thank our Sponsors

The Enhanced Museum Visits for Students Program is generously supported by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Fund.