Staying in? Keep learning with science activities that kids and families can do at home

UPDATED: April 24, 2020. We've expanded! Find all of these resources and more at We are no longer updating this article.

With lots of kids home from school, you might be looking for educational activities* that can be done without leaving the house. Here’s a quick roundup of NOAA’s most popular educational resources to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere.

Note: Now you can find all of these resources and more in our education at home resource collection! 

A screenshot of a web activity with introductory text on the left side and a photograph of a partially bleached coral reef on the right. Full text can be found in the Coral Bleaching module at

A screenshot of the introduction page of the Investigating Coral Bleaching activity, part of Data in the Classroom (Image credit: NOAA Data in the Classroom)

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An instructor showing off the SOSx mobile app on a tablet.

Explore your world through data, visualizations, and virtual expeditions.

GOES-17 GeoColor view of the Northern Hemisphere, Feb. 9, 2019.

Engage the youngest learners.

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research teamed up with "The Octonauts" for a behind-the-scenes look at ocean exploration vessel NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Check out the video to join along on the tour!

Meet role models, chart your own career path.

Four women in evening gowns and a man in a U.S. Navy officer dinner dress uniform stand other either side of a sign listing the platinum sponsors of the 2019 Women of Color in STEM conference. Sponsors include NOAA.

Become an expert in Earth science.

Two new ships will join the NOAA fleet to support a variety of exploration and research missions. NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is shown preparing for deployment.

Watch, listen, and learn.

The NOAA Ocean Today host stands in front of a screen with scuba divers performing experiments. The text "Introduction - Coral Comeback?" is along the top and "Let's get started!" is along the bottom.

Make, create, and contribute.

“Atlantic Octopus” by Alicia Z., Grade 7, is a winner of the Marine Art Contest 2019. Winning art is posted on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website.

Bookmark NOAA’s educational websites.

We will continue to update this list, so stay tuned, and most importantly, stay well.

*Note: These activities can be completed at home, but please be sure to follow the latest social-distancing and other health safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health authorities.