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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

Studying Steller Sea Lions

by Alaska SeaLife Center

Steller sea lions are endangered. So what can we do to help them? Find out how scientists at the Alaska SeaLife Center help us to learn more about these amazing animals and how we can help them in the wild.

For All Ages


Friday, April 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Night Life

by Greenville Zoo

The Night Life investigates the habits and adaptations of nocturnal animals. During this program, we will identify nocturnal animals, discuss nocturnal animal adaptations, and even have up-close encounters with some of our nocturnal education animal ambassadors.

For 2nd-5th


Monday, April 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 Minutes

Aztec Symbols and Stamps

by Penn Museum

The Aztec people created beautiful pottery with detailed designs showing humans, animals, parts of nature, and geometric designs. Discover why archaeologists think that ceramic stamps may have been used by artists to decorate pottery, clothing, or bodies. Then draw along to create a geometric design found on an ancient Aztec stamp!

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Earth Day Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Ever wonder about the trash that just one Happy Meal creates? Dissect a real Happy Meal with us and find out! Discover how long common items take to decompose. Use sign language to sing a song about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Create a "Trash Troll" litter bag for your car!

For K-2


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Will's World: All About the Bard

by Actors Company

How does a glovemaker’s son, with just a few years of formal schooling, become the most famous writer and poet in the world? In this one-man performance, William Shakespeare shares his life story, while providing insight into his greatest works and the world of Theater during the time of Queen Elizabeth. This engaging, interactive show features excerpts from A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, and As You Like It, as well as Shakespeare’s sonnets. Professional actor and Shakespeare expert J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life and makes his works accessible for all.

For Grade 4 and up


Thursday, April 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min.

America's Signs & Symbols

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artists use familiar icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas about American culture and encourage examination of our society.

For 3rd-6th grade


Friday, April 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Rabbit Action Sciend: Hearing, Hopping, Hoping - That They Don't Get Eaten

by Author Valerie Marsh

Enjoy a funny rabbit story. Then explore how adaptations help rabbits survive! How do their ears, feet, and teeth help them escape?

For K-3


Monday, April 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minuites

Create Your Own Tapa Cloth

by Penn Museum

A tapa cloth is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike its name, it isn’t made of textile at all, rather it is made through the process of softening the bark of shrubs and trees. Investigate the natural materials, symbols, and making process through close study of tapa cloths in our collection. Then plan your own design with drawings of animals, flowers, or patterns that you see in your own community.

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Becoming BC Tour

by Royal BC Museum

Walk aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship Discovery, see a Cornish Water Wheel and learn about BC’s gold rush before taking a trip to Old Town during this 30 minute tour of the Becoming BC gallery at the Royal BC Museum. Learn about some of the fascinating events and places in the history of vast, diverse and unique British Columbia.

For grades 4-6


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1:00 pm ET

30 minutes

Going to School in Early America

by Connecticut Historical Society

What was it like to go to school long ago? In this interactive program, students will learn about a typical school day for children in early New England through primary source images, memoirs, objects, and movement. Students will compare their own experiences in school to those of children in the past as they investigate who attended school and where schools were established and consider tools children used while being educated.

For grades k-2


Friday, April 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Story of Pro Football

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the "museum concept" brought to life through the use of priceless artifacts and historical documents, which illustrates the museum approach of conveying the history of pro football through artifacts/documents. The program includes a discussion on Northeast Ohio's historic ties to Pro Football and why the Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio. The 50-minute program which is designed to be highly interactive, is supplemented by a lesson aligned with Common Core/National Standards of Education and is recommended for grades K-12.

For Grades K-12


Monday, May 3, 2021

1:00 pm ET

50 minutes

Design an Ancient Roman Oil Lamp

by Penn Museum

Lamps have been found throughout the Roman world from all periods of its history. Like their modern counterparts, these lamps allowed people to lengthen their day or conduct business in dark places. Archaeologists find these artifacts in a variety of contexts, such as houses, shops, temples, and other buildings. Get inspired with close views of oil lamps in our collection before creating your own design for a ancient-Roman lamp all your own!

For School Aged


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Visit the Sea Turtle Care Center

by South Carolina Aquarium

Join us on a tour of our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation facility at the South Carolina Aquarium! Learn about the endangered species of Sea Turtles in South Carolina and get an in depth view of the process of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release.

For All Ages


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

1:00 pm ET

What's UP? Your Guide to the Night Sky

by Michigan Science Center

Take a tour in the Michigan Science Center's planetarium without leaving your home or classroom! What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky uses virtual planetarium software to view the constellations, stars and planets in the current sky and an exploration of our place in the Milky Way Galaxy. We'll also discuss using the cosmos for navigation and the impact of light pollution on our view of the night sky.

For School aged


Friday, May 7, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

STEAM: Listening Technology Over Time

by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the history of music listening technologies from the gramophone to the iPod. Students are challenged to make observations, compare and contrast, and eventually discover how and why these technologies have changed over time.

For All Ages


Monday, May 10, 2021

1:00 pm ET

Mosaic Making

by Penn Museum

A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces. People have been making mosaics for thousands of years. Join museum educators as we explore the history of this art form and then learn how to make our own ancient Roman-style mosaic at home!

For School Aged


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

California Sea Lion Ecology

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Learn about California sea Lion life history and ecology. Learn about what makes marine mammals unique and the classification of sea lions. Discover the habitat, life cycle, diet, predators and common behaviors of California sea lions. Explore human impacts on marine mammals and ways to be a good environmental steward.

For 9+


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Bats-Echolocation

by Long Island Science Center

Are bats blind? Enter the world of this unique nocturnal mammal. This program includes a slide presentation along with discussion of echolocation and the bat's special function in our ecosystem. Learn what bats eat and how they locate their food using echolocation-simulation. Students make a "bat" project to take home. All classes can be conducted in English or Spanish.

For K-8


Friday, May 14, 2021

1:00 pm ET

At Home in My Biome

by Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Mountains, deserts, tropical rainforests…these are just some of the places our animals call home. Discover some of the common biomes and how animals that live there have adapted to survive.

For All Ages


Monday, May 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

60 minutes

Ancient Superheroes

by Penn Museum

Superheroes are fascinating! And people have been telling stories about these heroes with special abilities for a long time. Join us as we read about mythological heroes from stories around the world. Together we will discover and design our own heroic stories along the way!

For School Aged


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Be a Germ Genius

by McMillen Health

Due to the current global pandemic, it is of utmost importance that children learn about germs and communicable diseases in a friendly and age-appropriate environment. This program will teach students what germs are and what they can do to stop the spread of germs. Students will get to see firsthand how germs are spread and will be able to practice proper hand washing techniques. A brief introduction to the COVID-19 virus will be included and ways person can minimize the spread of the virus.

For All Ages


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

Animal Adventures

by COSI

Explore animal adaptations, habitats, and classifications. Identify differences between mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds while interacting with COSI's animals.

For All ages


Friday, May 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Junior Star Safari

by COSI

Discover the animals in the night sky. Join your COSI Star Safari Guide along with the help of Orion, our master scout, to find animals in the night sky. This show created by COSI especially for early learners, features beautiful animal drawings, real-animal footage from The Columbus Zoo and a tour of the night sky across COSI's 60-foot dome. No need to be quiet on this safari, the animals won't mind a few oohs, aaahs and shout-outs from the audience as they discover the beauty and wonder of the stars.

For PreK-1


Monday, May 24, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Weaving Your Own Pattern

by Penn Museum

The process of weaving allows people to take thin pieces of thread, yarn, or plant material and turn it into strong cloth and baskets. It is a simple yet sophisticated technology that developed independently in cultures all over the world. Join Museum educators to learn more about weaving techniques from around the world and then try some paper weaving on your own.

For School Aged


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Snakes and the Scientific Method

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with Leslie Science and Nature Center

After practicing observational skills of reptiles such as snakes, students will the scientific method as they attempt to discover one of the snake’s natural habitats. We’ll perform an experiment, learn how to use evidence to solve problems and answer questions, and even test our new knowledge with a snake in a mystery habitat!

For All ages


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Life Cycle Strategies

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with Leslie Science and Nature Center

Through observations of live animals and scientific journaling, students will compare and contrast the life cycles and adaptations of different organisms. By analyzing animals at different stages of their life cycle, audiences will discover the intimate connections between living things and their habitats.

For All ages


Friday, May 28, 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.