Online and virtual classes for kids
The BEST engaging online classes and sessions for kids to learn and be inspired about STEM while stuck at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. Plus lots of these online STEM classes and remote lessons are FREE for New Zealand kids to access, as long as you have a computer or tablet and wifi at home.
SCRATCHPAD: online teacher-led coding, robotics, Minecraft modding and 3D design classes
Give your child the tech advantage. As featured on TV1’s Seven Sharp, SCRATCHPAD is at the forefront of teaching kids technology. SCRATCHPAD’s fun and intuitive teaching develops life skills such as collaboration, problem solving and creative thinking. In these precedented times, SCRATCHPAD is running online sessions in Coding, Robotics, Minecraft Modding and 3D design. These online sessions are conducted by trained instructors and you can start anytime during the year. Learn at your level and pace. Suitable for ages 5 years plus.
Find out more & book a FREE online session: scratchpad.co.nz
Bricks 4 Kidz®: online teacher-led STEAM, LEGO, stop-motion, coding and game design classes
Bricks 4 Kidz® offers fun and educational online programmes for kids aged 2 to 13 years to learn and explore STEAM concepts with LEGO.
Architecture around the world – teaches History, Technology, Architectural and engineering principles, with LEGO building challenges
Stop motion animation LEGO movie making
Video game design and interactive animation in Scratch Coding
Build to connect – LEGO building challenge and speech development
Rhythm and Build – Pre-school early learning class
Find out more here: www.bricks4kidz.co.nz
MOTAT Fun: FREE daily activities, videos and more for kids
MOTAT Fun is bringing the best of MOTAT daily to brighten your family bubble during lockdown.
Every day MOTAT will share new FREE activities, experiments, videos, games, puzzles, stories, and all the good stuff for kids! Plus there is a dedicated section for parents and teachers too.
Find out more here: motat.fun
TED-Ed: FREE video lessons
TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers though out the world to provide FREE quality interactive, video based lessons for kids and teens. Receive a daily email of FREE lessons plans that spans all subjects and age groups while you everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find out more here: ed.ted.com
Scratch FREE coding program
Designed by MIT students for children aged 8 to 16 years old, Scratch is a FREE easy to use programming language lets children build by arranging Scratch blocks as if they would with Lego. Kids will enjoy creating stories, games and animations to share with other kids There are tutorial pages for ideas and inspiration. There are no difficult lines of code to learn to use Scratch.
Find out more here: scratch.mit.edu
Nanogirl's LAB: a new science adventure every weekday
Kids stuck at home? Join Nanogirl on her quest to become a science-powered superhero! Subscribe now for a new fun-filled science adventure every weekday. 50 instructional videos and worksheets for your children and a daily cheat sheet and weekly webinar for parents.
Perfect for children aged 7 to 11 years old.
Find out more here: nanogirlslab.com
STEM Learning FREE remote lessons
Remotely delivered free science lessons for kids and young people aged 5 to 19 years old. Lessons cover a wide range of topics such as evolution, forces, and the human body. The online lessons are recorded by subject experts and be accessed at any time of day, meaning that New Zealand kids will be able to enjoy these online lessons made for British kids without having to worry about time differences.
Find out more here: www.stem.org.uk/remote-lessons
Swift Playgrounds FREE learn to code app
Designed by Apple for the iPad Swift Playgrounds is a FREE app where kids can solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding experiences. It requires an iPad with iOS 12.0 or higher.
Find our more here: www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is a stunning FREE website with inspiring photos for kids to learn about animals and the countries and world they live in. As well as factual videos for the kids to watch there are interactive games and quizzes.
Find out more here: kids.nationalgeographic.com