Summer is a wonderful time for students to explore interests, delve into passions, and engage with the broader world in ways that are not possible with the schedule and time constraints of the typical school year. For many students, hands-on, real-world learning opportunities are limited to experiences that are within a drive from their home or community.
However, with the exponential expansion of global connectivity through videoconferencing, livestreams, and other interactive tools, students have access to virtually connect with experts in a field of their choice, observe their favorite animals up close, tour museums and sites across the world, visit the places where history was made, and develop new skills–oftentimes at no cost. These virtual options expand access to a multitude of different opportunities that were previously unimaginable for most students and families.
School counselors and administrators can share these resources with students and families throughout the summer via social media, email newsletters, and other communication channels, and encourage them to take advantage of these experiential learning opportunities.
Space and Technology
- Access Mars: Tour and explore the surface of Mars.
- NASA’s International Space Station: Get an up-close look at the International Space Station.
- Code.org: Students of all ages can learn to code with fun and interactive games.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: Learn about and observe a variety of animals and sea creatures.
- Smithsonian's National Zoo's Panda Cam: Watch giant pandas eat, sleep, and play.
- African River Wildlife Cam: View a variety of live webcams from Laikipia County, Kenya and observe the unique landscapes.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Students can explore the different galleries and displays at the famous Met Museum in New York City.
- Louvre Kids: Students can explore the galleries of the famous Louvre art museum in Paris, France and learn about different pieces of artwork through stories and tales.
- Interactive Tour of Ellis Island: Students can learn about the roots of immigration in the United States and listen to stories from real-life immigrants who came through Ellis Island in New York City.
- Mount Vernon Virtual Tour: Students can tour George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia and learn about the life of the first president of the United States.