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Juggling our new “virtual” lives isn’t easy. We’re all learning how to best support our children’s learning in this new normal. Arizona Science Center is here to help. Think of us as your new virtual classroom resource for bringing science to life at home. From weekly lesson plans to hands-on experiments and even DIY activities we’re here to make learning together at home a little easier for you and a lot more fun for the whole family.

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Wide Open School

Wide Open School

Grades: All Ages

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.

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Fox TV Interview

Making masks at the Arizona Science Center

Grades: All Ages

Protecting yourself in public is very important right now amid the coronavirus pandemic. FOX 10's Ty Brennan learned how to make your own face covering at the Arizona Science Center.

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Peggy Whitson

Astronaut gives advice on handling isolation during coronavirus crisis

Grades: All Ages

NASA’s Peggy Whitson has spent more time aboard the International Space Station than any other American. She’s spent 665 days in space, including a stretch lasting longer than nine months, earning her the nickname the “Space Ninja.” Whitson joins “CBS This Morning” to give tips on handling isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Where to Donate PPE and Other Supplies in Maricopa County

Grades: All Ages

A surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States is straining the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Maricopa County has created a drop off location for those interested in donating surgical masks, thermometers, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and more.

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Free Grab-and-Go Meals for Kids 18 and Younger

Grades: All Ages

Due to the recent school closings, many districts are providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and younger. Participating school districts, and their feeding locations and hours, are linked to below.

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COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity

Grades: All Ages

This CDC report provides a weekly summary and interpretation of key indicators being adapted to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. This includes information related to COVID-19outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.

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At-Home Learning Tips From an Educator Mom

Grades: All Ages

As your home is now a classroom and you find yourself facilitating learning, don’t be burdened with the stress of wondering, “Am I doing this right?” Check out these awesome resources from PBS Kids that are sure to make home learning epic.

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3D Printer Video

Valley 3D Printers Creating Face Shields for Medical Worker

Grades: All Ages

Arizona Science Center is proud to be part of the effort using three-dimensional printers running across the Valley to produce face shields for medical workers at Banner Health.

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COVID-19: Exercise when ill; what’s okay and what’s not

Grades: All Ages

Exercise is important for a healthy body and mind, but if you're feeling under the weather, you may wonder what's OK to tackle or if you should hang up your sneakers.

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Face Mask

The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.

Grades: All Ages

The science behind what makes this coronavirus so sneaky, deadly and difficult to defeat. Viruses have spent billions of years perfecting the art of surviving without living — a frighteningly effective strategy that makes them a potent threat in today’s world.

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World Health Organization COVID-19 Mythbusters

Grades: All Ages

Collected by the World Health Organization (WHO), offers these answers to frequently asked questions and myths surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Space

NASA at Home

Grades: All Ages

With many of us indoors, NASA has created a window into the universe. NASA at Home is a one-stop-shop filled with podcasts, educational activities, do-it-yourself projects and more.

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Man on the Moon

NASA Image Library

Grades: All Ages

Looking for some inspiration for your next video call's virtual background? Check out the thousands of images available on NASA's image library.

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Cox Connect2Compete

Cox Connect2Compete

Grades: All Ages

Home internet is now an essential tool for today’s education. Through Connect2Compete, Cox opens a world of opportunity for families by providing low-cost, home internet with wifi—for only $9.95 per month

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Stressed man

Manage Anxiety & Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

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Disinfecting Your Home if Someone is Sick

As part of your everyday prevention actions, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. For example tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.

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Symptom Tracker From Banner Health

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear 2-14 days after exposure. In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions, appear to be more vulnerable to the virus. If you or a loved one has concerning symptoms, Banner Health has a digital triage tool that can help you evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment options.

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Mother Talking With Son

Talking to Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Parent Resource

Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.

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Child using hand sanitizer

Make Easy, Science-Based DIY Hand Sanitizer

Grades: All Ages

As coronavirus concerns continue, wash-wash-wash those hands. When you can’t, fight back with this easy, science-based DIY hand sanitizer recipe that meets CDC standards.

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