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Community Connection

What IS happening?

If the new normal means staying home, that is a lot of time to kill. How do we connect with the people around us? Appropriate to what the experts are suggesting and, if there are no events to share, TPR is suspending our Community Calendar.

You know we keep you connected to important news and information from your neighborhood and from around the globe. But, now it's more important than ever that we stay connected to each other. It turns out a lot of businesses and organizations are thinking the same thing.

We're pulling together as much information as we can to provide the resources that will help you, not just kill time, but also reconnect to arts, culture, lifelong learning and ... each other, our community. And, when the time is right, the Community Calendar will be back and we'll see you out and about.

Live COVID-19 News Blog

The Texas Public Radio newsroom is committed to providing our community with up-to-date information about COVID-19. Find our latest – as well as historical – reporting at the LIVE COVID-19 Blog.

Coronavirus Cabin  Fever Blog

We've compiled links and information provided to us by arts and entertainment organizations. We will continue to add to this so that we can all get through this and come out the other side knowing a little more about our world.

What You Need To Know About Helping Others In Need During The Pandemic

Many area charities and assistance organizations are not accepting volunteers as social distancing continues. Donations are needed to help them weather through.

Please also visit BexarNecessities.com, a page designed to support local small businesses who are remaining open and changing their services to accommodate the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information about what community initiatives are available, use the links below to access, download or print.

ARTS

Unfiltered San Antonio

Unfiltered SA offers an online exhibition gallery for shows affected by COVID-19. Visit https://unfilteredsa.com/ to view current exhibits.

EDUCATION

The Witte Museum

Witte Where You Are offers online content from the Witte Museum curators and educators featuring the Witte’s award-winning camp, demonstration and school program curriculum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. The majority is video content, but almost every video will have additional activities and other educational resources that people can do at home. Witte Where You Are is available on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and the Witte’s webpage: www.wittemuseum.org/witte-where-you-are

San Antonio Water System

SAWS has a multitude of “how to” videos and educational resources available.

San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) digital resources are available 24/7 at www.mysapl.org/digital which includes access to the eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and more; as well as Universal Class and other resources to assist in online learning. Those who do not have a library card can sign up online at https://sapl.sat.lib.tx.us/selfreg.

SAPL staff are available M – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m.  – 5 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 210-207-2500 to provide community information assistance of all types including reader’s advisory, job search assistance, account support and more. Questions are also being answered through the “Ask” feature accessible on mysapl.org.

OCTA-TETRA Museum

STEM to STEAM - Video Series about 3-D Geometry and a hands-on activity making a model - “Gyroscope Origami Dodecahedron”  View the videos here.

San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology

SAMSAT inspires innovative minda through exploration of the past, present and future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Sign up for free student, family, and class events all hosted live by educators from SAMSAT.  View the event schedule and sign up here.

The DoSeum

The DoSeum is a place where interactive fun and hands-on learning come together—a place where minds are always at play.  The DoSeum's exhibits, programs, and classes will encourage young minds to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy, but curiosity and exploration don't have to end at home! 

Explore DIY Activities, Storytimes, and Questions from Kids that were created for you to DO at home and stay connected with your family while keeping minds at play in between your visits! Learn more here.

Communities In Schools of San Antonio

For over 30 years Communities In Schools of San Antonio has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

If you or someone you know is looking for support for basic needs like food, utilities, or technology assistance, academic resources to support at-home-learning, or resources to support students on a social-emotional level, please refer to the links here.

STEM @ Home

The STEM Ecosystems Initiative is built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, and seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people.

The SLECoP is organizing a series of webinars for parents, educators, school administrators and anyone who have students in their care. These webinars are intended to help them with practical tips they can employ for how to keep their children engaged and learning with STEM at Home.  View these resources here.

Young Minds Inspired

Young Minds Inspired is the nation’s leading provider of free educational outreach programs for learners of all ages.  Make Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang part of your class plans with these fun educational activities for all grade levels. Learn more here.

NASA 

NASA Space Place

Launched in 1998, NASA Space Place's mission is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids' learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone.  Visit this resource for grades 3-6 here.

          NASA Space Weather Media Viewer

Live views of the sun in different wavelengths from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. Track sunspots and solar storms over time. This resource is good for the general public, potentially students intermediate grades and up. View it here. *Solar Week March 23-27, 2020*

NASA STEM at Home

A variety of engaging activities in STEM content areas designed for families to complete at home.

For families and their students in grades K-4.  Learn more here.

NASA STEM Lessons From Space

View STEMonstration videos of experiments conducted on the iSS along with a variety of activities and lesson plans in each STEM discipline.  Each series of lessons vary with targeted students groups K-12.  Learn more here.

NASA Spot the Station

Times, directions and longevity of opportunities to visually see the international space station in the night sky over San Antonio. Good for ages elementary through adult.  Learn more here.

NASA Wavelength

A NASA Resource Repository with a search engine to locate topic related materials

NASA eClips

NASA eClips™ Educator Guides provide examples of ways teachers may effectively use video segments as an instructional tool. Each guide includes instructional objectives, background information, links to video clips, instructions for implementing inquiry-based lessons, additional resources related to the topic and suggestions for extending or modifying lessons. All lessons are presented in the 5-E delivery model and are aligned to national standards for science, math, and technology.  Learn more here.

NASA Earth Observatory

Amazing imagery, articles and activities designed by the teams working with the satellites that study the Earth from space.  Good for ages 9 - 14 years old.  Learn more here.

NASA Windows on the Earth

Images of the earth taken by the astronauts from space.  Good for middle school and older.  Learn more here.

AS HEARD ON TPR

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center 

Blood donation has been designated an essential public health activity, and South Texas Blood & Tissue Center needs the community to continue to donate blood to prevent blood shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, has scheduled several blood drives in the next week at locations large enough to accommodate social distancing.  Learn more here.

Christian Assistance Ministry

Christian Assistance Ministry is open to serve those less fortunate in the San Antonio community. To learn how you can volunteer or contribute, visit here.