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REMOTE LEARNING: Anthony Negron, manager of digital programming at the New York Hall of Science, runs experiments while homebound and hospitalized children interact in real time.

Science Class at Home

Videoconferences bring lessons to homebound and hospitalized kids

Chronically ill and homebound children suffering from cancer, blood disorders, and other health problems often miss months of school. This makes it tough to keep up in science classes, which involve more than reading a textbook in bed. New York State requires that anyone graduating, including children with disabilities, meet Common Core standards and laboratory requirements.

In 2011, we helped the New York Hall of Science create the Virtual Visit program, bringing science to the sick through videoconferences. Instructors from the Hall of Science explore math, nanoscience, microbiology, and chemistry with homebound or hospitalized kids, grades K through 12, by videoconference. Students can even operate a remote-controlled robot for “hands-on” activities.

In 2013, we helped expand the program to hundreds more students. The virtual laboratory is attracting notice around the country. In 2014, it won an award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

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