The Lawrence Hall of Science and Science at Cal organized online resources to help keep families engaged in science from home and keep the public educated about COVID-19, or the new coronavirus.
The online resources include “The Lawrence at Home,” which provides livestreams of activities similar to ones done in the museum, astronomy videos, engineering challenges, as well as other science-related apps and activities. In addition to “The Lawrence at Home,” “The Science of COVID-19” is meant to help educate the public and draws from several different resources to put information on one webpage, according to Lawrence Hall of Science spokesperson Adam Frost.
Director of Science at Cal Dione Rossiter collaborated with Rena Dorph, director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, in creating the webpage and selecting the resources.
“I wanted to make sure we covered all types of media because some people learn visually through videos and infographics and others want a good list of written resources,” Rossiter said in an email. “I also wanted to make sure the website drew interest from and was accessible to the public and families.”
“The Lawrence at Home” project was a collaboration of marketing and communications teams as well as educators, Frost added. Educators are hosting livestreams of museum guides and tours while the rest of the team shares the resources online.
Both the Lawrence Hall of Science and Science at Cal are taking suggestions from the public regarding other resources or activities people would like to see. They will send out a survey to members asking for input regarding future resources.
“We wanted to bring some of our most popular programs and activities online, so that audiences can get a similar experience as they would if they visited The Lawrence Hall of Science in person,” Frost said in the email.