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CILC's Community of Learning Continues!

 

Join other learners from around the world for live, interactive programs for 2021.  See the programming schedule below.

  • Programs are held Monday – Friday at 1:00 PM EST.
  • Register for your preferred session(s), connect through CISCO WebEx and get ready to enjoy quality programming from within your classroom or the comfort of your own home!
  • Programs are FREE with registration.

Thank you to our partnering Content Providers who continue to provide impressive and informative programming for students of all ages through CILC's Community of Learning.



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"We have thoroughly enjoyed every session!  We’ve attended multiple times every week for the past month and we could not be more grateful to you for making such a diverse offering available." 
— Teacher —

 

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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

How the Hall of Fame Works

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

A virtual tour of the Museum and the Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, insights into how artifacts are acquired, and an explanation of the election process.

For Grades 4-12


Monday, June 14, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Talk Story: Hawai’i’s Multicultural Food World

by Penn Museum

“Manapua, Pepeiao, Pork Hash!” went the rhythmic chant of Hawai’i’s famed Manapua Men, who served steamed buns and enormous dumplings in the sugarcane plantation era and later, Spam Musubi, fried noodles and plate lunch from lunchwagons. Learn about the variegated histories of all these dishes, developed after many generations of immigrant workers of Hawai’i lived, worked and started families together through the eyes of Kiki Aranita. Aranita is a chef and restaurateur whose ancestors worked on Kauai’s sugarcane plantations and she now cooks with her Hawai’i roots as her primary source of inspiration.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

World Sea Turtle Day

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Sea turtles need your help. Learn about these ancient reptiles of the sea during a virtual tour with our sea turtle patrol. Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day with Mote Marine Laboratory.

For Grades 3-6


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Plant and Animal Adaptations of Joshua Tree

by Joshua Tree National Park

Plants and animals of Joshua Tree provides an introduction to the National Park Service and Joshua Tree National Park specifically, highlighting some plant and animal desert adaptations while showing plants in their natural habitat and using animal props. This program can be adjusted for all grades and ages.

For K-8th


Thursday, June 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Discovering Habitats

by Greenville Zoo

Discovering Habitats explores the globe; from the arctic tundra to the depths of the ocean. During this program, we will define habitats, discuss what animals need to find to survive in their habitats, and take a journey through five of the world’s major habitats. All programs include up close encounters with some of our education animal ambassadors.

For


Friday, June 18, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Wright Brothers

by Learn Around The Word

The Wright Brothers are two of America's most famous sons. Join this experience and relive the development of the first practical airplane. We'll virtually travel to Dayton, OH and Kitty Hawk, NC to investigate the hard work and determination the brothers displayed during their famous real world experiments from 1899-1905.

For Grades 3-6


Monday, June 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Design Your Own Mancala Board

by Penn Museum

Mancala is an ancient game from Africa that was originally played by digging shallow holes in the ground. Investigate mancala boards from all around the world to discover the different craftsmanship, rules, and playing pieces used on each game board. Create your own mancala board with paper and learn a simple version of the game. Let the games begin!

For School-Aged


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Red, White and Spy

by International Spy Museum

Reporting to General George Washington, students will travel back in time to the summer of 1781. The mission: craft a deception operation to divert the planned British attack on the incoming French fleet. Their methods: covert communication, invisible ink, and codes and ciphers. Integrating primary documents into a live action mission, students will assist General Washington while American success in the War hangs in the balance!

For Grades 3-6


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

STEAM: Technologies of the American West

by Booth Western Art Museum

Students will utilize subject matter from artwork in the Booth collection to discuss technology and innovation during Westward Expansion through a look at communication, transportation, commerce and other technology. It's STEAM through a historical lens!

For Grades 4-6


Friday, June 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Rockin' Rainforest

by Lee Richardson Zoo

Rainforests are a rockin’ place to live, but why is such a party in the jungle!? Join us for this engaging program that will allow your students to discover the wonders of the rainforest for themselves. Special rainforest Ambassador Animals will join us throughout the program to help illustrate the wonder that is to be found in this unique location. Our programs include 2-4 live animals. However, we are currently unable to give programs from actual exhibits around the zoo.

For Grade 2-5


Monday, June 28, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Create Your Own Tapa Cloth Design

by Penn Museum

A tapa cloth is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. It is made by softening the inner bark of shrubs and trees and pounding it into thin strips. These strips are then glued into one huge sheet and decorated with geometric patterns. Investigate the natural materials and symbols used in tapa cloths in our collection, then plan your own design with drawings of animals, flowers, or patterns you see in your community.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Amazing Monarchs

by Royal Botanical Gardens

From egg to adult you will see them all! We'll get up close to live specimens and use images and video to explore the Monarch butterfly's amazing life cycle. Where have they been since last September... we'll discover how they make their multi-generation journey from Mexico to Ontario, Canada.

For Grades 2 - 8


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Aquarium to the Rescue!

by Texas State Aquarium

Join us live at the Texas State Aquarium! Discover how the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue team responded to Texas’ historic cold weather in February by taking in more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles. We'll also check in with our permanent turtle residents here at the Aquarium and learn ways that humans can help sea turtles in the wild.

For Grades 3-6


Friday, July 2, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Adinkra Symbols and Proverbs

by Penn Museum

Visual symbols can be decorative while also communicating important messages about shared beliefs and traditions. The Akan people and Asante people of Ghana have used Adinkra symbols to decorate fabric, pottery, and more. Learn how select symbols represent objects associated with unique stories or beliefs. Follow along to draw a symbol yourself and discover the meaning!

For School-Aged


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Spiiders: Story & Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Use sign language and participate in a story about spiders! Then learn and do some fun spider life science facts!

For School-Aged


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Battle and Geography of Kennesaw Mountain

by Kennesaw Mountain NBP

Join one of our park rangers for a short presentation on how geography played a vital role in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The program will feature footage from the battlefield itself as well as various maps.

For Grades 3-5


Thursday, July 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

SEA ME READ: If a Dolphin Were a Fish

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea.

For Grades K-3


Friday, July 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Snakes Action Science: Snakes Rattle! Snakes Molt! Now You Try It!

by Author Valerie Marsh

Watch your students. become snakes and shed their skins! Combine literacy and science! Your students enjoy a fiction story about "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle" and then use art to create their own Rattlesnake puppet! Students explore cool science and math facts about snakes with Miss Liz the Science Wiz. Hands-0n

For Grades K-2


Monday, July 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Myths in Painting

by Penn Museum

Investigate a series of painted vessels to uncover stories about mythical gods and creatures from ancient Greece. Through interactive conversation with a Museum educator, you will explore the poses, symbols, materials, and artistic techniques used by makers to learn more about how ancient Greeks interacted with the world. Think about how you would tell a story in a single image by using your newly trained eye to match Greek myths to their correct pottery pieces.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Shark Awareness Day

by Mote Marine Laboratory

How smart are you about sharks? Take our interactive quiz show to uncover the mysteries and discover the truths about these fascinating creatures.

For Grades 3-6


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Every Kid Outdoors: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

by Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

In this program, students will make connections between outdoor places that they love and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Your students will be inspired to explore National Parks and other public lands close to home, or all the way across the United States!

For Grade 3-5


Thursday, July 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

STEAM: Technologies of the American West

by Booth Western Art Museum

Students will utilize subject matter from artwork in the Booth collection to discuss technology and innovation during Westward Expansion through a look at communication, transportation, commerce and other technology. It's STEAM through a historical lens!

For Grades 4-6


Friday, July 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Animal Enrichment and Art

by South Carolina Aquarium

Meet an animal ambassador from the South Carolina Aquarium and learn about how the aquarium uses ENRICHMENT to care for the animals and keep their minds stimulated and active. Learn about a small reptile and the adaptations that make it unique, while watching it create "art!"Feel free to bring your own art supplies and create a pasterpiece along with us.

For grades K-5


Monday, July 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

When East Meets West: Ideas & Technology

by Penn Museum

When we think of globalization, we often think it is a modern phenomenon. But what about globalization in ancient times? Beginning with a peek into the lives of present-day high school students in China, participants will explore how western culture exists alongside Chinese norms. The second part of this workshop takes a historical journey to the Silk Road. Participants will examine the exchange of ideas that took place thousands of years ago with a focus on areas of technology—and the impact of these exchanges on societies and cultures throughout Asia and the world.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

All About Habitats

by Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Explore our Promedica Museum of Natural History in an exploration of habitats from throughout the world

For Grades K-5


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Sense-a-tional Rocky

by Rocky Mountain National Pak

Journey alongside Kaylee & Casey Coyotes and Ranger Cinda as they explore their senses in Rocky Mountain National Park and invite YOU to do the same in your own backyard!

For pre-K/K


Thursday, July 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Dissecting a Cow Eye

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Get your goggles on! Dissect a cow eye to understand how each structure works to provide the sense of sight, just like a human eye. After the program, work with your class on a series of optical illusions to see how your eyes and brain work together to bring you visual messages.

For Grades 3-8


Monday, July 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Let’s Play Indigenous Games!

by Penn Museum

People across the globe and throughout time have participated in and continue to play sports and games. Using artifacts, we will learn about the rules and significance of Indigenous games from North, Central, and South America and how they connect to modern games still played today.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Pop Culture Through Baseball Cards

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Explore the advent of baseball cards, their connection to tobacco and gum products, and their evolution into the modern day baseball card. Students will also learn about baseball terminology that has become part of everyday conversation in the classroom and workplace.

For Grades 4-12


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Animal Architects

by North Carolina Zoo

Discover some of the creative ways animals build their homes, nests, or community housing.

For Grades K-5


Friday, July 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Think Like an Anthropologist

by Penn Museum

Artifacts share clues that help us learn about world cultures. Step into the role of an anthropologist to unpack interesting information that artifacts can tell us, just by using your eyes. Learn the skills to de-code secrets about artifacts by closely observing, questioning, and talking about them. Bring along a pencil and a paper to track your field notes as we look closely at objects related to the ancient skies.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Preparing for Eternity: False Doors

by Penn Museum

What did the inside of an ancient Egyptian tomb look like? What did people take with them into the afterlife? Students learn about hieroglyphs, tomb offerings, and false doors—ancient Egyptian passageways between the worlds of the living and the dead. Students then create their own false doors by drawing hieroglyphs, ancient Egyptian art motifs, and the things they’d take to the afterlife.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

A Day in the Life of a School Girl in Nairobi

by Penn Museum

Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city in the heart of East Africa. Hear about it from someone who grew up there! Let Grace Ndicu be your guide as you see the sights (the daily commute to school, time on the playground, extracurricular activities), play some Kenyan games, and meet people, ranging from city dwellers to the suburbanites. Students engage in actual activities drawn from student life in Kenya and discuss the characteristics of a “home.” Discover how much meaning can be found in the simplest activities of your daily life.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mapping the World Around Me

by Penn Museum

Did you know there was a science to map making, called “cartography”? By looking closely at maps, you can learn more about how people visually interpreted the land they interacted with over time. Investigate key features that help you read most maps and discover elements that make each map unique alongside a Museum educator. Then practice your hand as a cartographer by designing a map of your own that celebrate your community or favorite space.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Objects of Protection: Incantation Bowls

by Penn Museum

Incantation bowls were made in the Middle East roughly 1,500 years ago and were used to protect people from evil. The designs and text were meant to confuse and trap evil spirits. Join Museum educators to learn how they were used, then create your own incantation bowl to bring you good luck and keep bad things away!

For School-Aged


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

In Spring 2020, CILC launched the Community of Learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a resource for interactive learning for families and learners of all ages.

The videos below capture testimonials, reactions from some who have enjoyed the programming so far.