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Virtual Education Programs

NREL's education team hosts virtual programming for kids.

Virtual Story Time with NREL

Children ages 5–8 are invited to join an NREL staff member as we read a story and complete a related activity each week. Join us at 1:30 p.m. (MT) every Monday or 10:30 a.m. (MT) every Thursday via Microsoft Teams. 

Week of May 10: Rainbow Weaver by Tejedora del Arcoiris

After reading the story, we will use recycled paper and plastic bags to make our own weaves. Students will need a long piece of cardboard, yarn, leftover plastic bags, recycled paper, and scissors.

Week of May 17: Starstruck by Kathleen Krull 

After reading the book, we will make solar ovens. Students will need some form of cardboard box (pizza boxes work best, but we can make a shoe box or shipping box work), aluminum foil, and black construction paper. 

Week of May 24: Maybe by Kobi Yamada 

After reading the book, we will talk about potential energy and our own potential. We will finish by talking about our favorite Story Time moments from this year. We look forward to learning more about what students got out of the series and what they want going forward.

*All supplies are suggestions, and substitutions can be made. If other suggestions are needed, please email Meghan Pearson, and she can provide help with creative options. 

Virtual Science Experiment Series 

NREL's education team has developed new virtual science projects and experiments geared toward students in 4–8th grades, but all ages are welcome. If you are a teacher and have suggestions or questions, please contact Meghan Pearson.