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This Fall, CILC's Community of Learning Continues!

 

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

  • Programs are held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and 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 —

 

A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting CILC's Fall 2020 Community of Learning

Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Magnificent Monarchs

by Learn Around The World

Visit Mexico to see one of the Monarch Butterfly overwintering sites on this virtual field trip (VFT). During this VFT, you’ll learn about what the Monarchs will be doing this winter, you’ll be introduced to their migration patterns, and you'll learn about the cultural signifigance of the butterflies to the people in this part of Mexico. Grab your nets, lace up your boots, and let's go exploring!

For K to 3


Monday, November 2, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Painting Like the Ancients

by Penn Museum

Humans use colors to communicate messages to others: we use color on the clothes we wear, in the foods we eat, and in paints for our houses, furniture, and artworks. But where do these colors come from? Join Museum educators to explore how our ancestors unlocked the science of color. Then, create your own paint recipe using your ingredients found around your home!

For All ages


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Innovator's Game

by Simply Extraordinary Tales

You are invited to play a round of The Innovation Game. Listen to 2-3 minute stories told by Storyteller Rivka Willick about inventors and creators throughout history. Challenge your listening skills, general knowledge, and problem-solving abilities to choose the innovators.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Native American Voices

by Penn Museum

Join the crew for a digital journey around the continent of North America! See some of the oldest artifacts, made by first inhabitants of the Americas. Hear stories passed down from hundreds of generations of Native Americans about the nature of our world. You and your fellow voyagers will encounter artifacts from many different Native American tribes.

For All Ages


Friday, November 6, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Gadget Works

by COSI

Help Professor Gadgeteer identify simple machines inside wind-up toys. Hypothesize what’s inside the toys, then follow along as we take them apart to learn about how they work!

For K to 3


Monday, November 9, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Can You Match the Tech?

by Penn Museum

Do you know what types of ancient technology we still use today? Solve riddles by looking closely at Penn Museum artifacts. Uncover the tools and techniques used by ancient engineers and craftspeople to create these artifacts. This exploration into ancient innovation will help you discover similarities between world cultures, past and present.

For All ages


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Talk with An Aussie

by Fizzics Education

Australia, up and close! Your class is in charge whereby your students can guide the discussion; - Australia's convict history through to Federation and up until the present - Australia's Heads of State and relationship to England - Money i.e coins and notes - Geography; climates, regions and geological points of interest - Culture; food, slang - Indigenous history - Flora of Sydney plus bush tucker foods - Time zone differences - General discussion with question and answers The choice is up to you!

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Eureka!

by Michigan Science Center

Join us as we explore the unexpected and amazing tales of how history's most brilliant minds paved the way for future scientists and inventors! We'll perform exciting, live science demonstrations to highlight some famous (plus a few lesser known) STEM game changers.

For All Ages


Friday, November 13, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Slime Time

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Explore the three states of matter by making two types of slime. Get up and moving to determine what state your matter is in!

For K to 3


Monday, November 16, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Weaving with Recycled Materials

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 All ages


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

American History Through Baseball Cards

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

studies the history of baseball uniforms and how uniform changes often reflect key events in American history during the 20th and 21st centuries.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Tusker Power

by University of Nebraska State Museum

Step Right Up! See fossilized wild elephants who once freely roamed America’s heartland. Explore these prehistoric pachyderm’s world and amazing lives recorded in their fossilized teeth. Come eye to eye with the world’s largest mounted fossil mammoth. Learn about the science of paleontology!

For All Ages


Friday, November 20, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Seeds on the Go

by Royal Botanical Gardens

We see seeds everywhere. They are the way the plants can move to new sprouting spots. Join Karin to discover how seeds from different plants disperse. Have some paper, scissors and a pencil handle so we can make a helicopter seed model together.

For K to 3


Monday, November 30, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Performance Masks: Storytelling in South Asia

by Penn Museum

In South Asia cultural performances with dancers wearing masks are very popular. Typically, these brightly colored masks are made from wood. The masks and the dance performances are part of important rituals. Learn more about meaning of masks in the countries of South Asia with University of Pennsylvania teaching artist, Krishnapriya, who will lead visitors through the making process using recycled materials.

For All ages


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Spy School 101

by International Spy Museum

Explore the shadow-world of espionage through the stories, artifacts, and tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover! Students will learn about the secret world of spying and engage in interactive activities that will answer the question: Could you be a spy?

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Art Station: Titan

by Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Take your students on a scientific adventure right in your own classroom. Virtual Science Academy offers award-winning, two-way interactive experiences that bring the best of the Museum directly to you. No lesson plan? No problem! Your students will put their minds, curiosities, and imaginations to work as they engage live with Museum educators.

For All Ages


Friday, December 4, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Snowflakes Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Make your own snowflake for our story and then do Push/Pull/Gravity/Incline.

For K to 3


Monday, December 7, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Myths in Painting: Greek Vases

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 myth to correct pottery piece.

For All ages


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Recongnize that diversity of baseball makes the game stronger

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Preserving the Past

by Penn Museum

What roles do scientists play in preserving the past? Investigate the science behind deterioration and preservation by walking through the real conservation treatment of an ancient Egyptian funerary object in the Penn Museum collection. Discover the incredible work of our conservators by taking a close look at the process and tools to learn how the Museum cares and learns from our artifacts.

For All Ages


Friday, December 11, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Anything Can Be A Puppet

by Banyan Global Learning

Puppets speak an archetypal language of art and music. Anything can be a puppet and we will learn how to give our very own puppet their voice by learning how our puppet breathes, focuses, thinks and moves.

For K to 3


Monday, December 14, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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 All ages


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Women's History: Dirt on Their Skirts

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Discuss of female baseball players have changed gender stereogype

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

Be a Detective

by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Conduct an investigation and learn forensic science techniques you can do with items around your house.

For All Ages


Friday, December 18, 2020

1 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.