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These in-person and/or virtual activities will address academic skills, physical and emotional wellness, art and digital learning skills. Except for the MCPS Student Service Learning opportunities, these activities and resources are not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by the Montgomery County Board of Education, the superintendent, or the schools. The following resources have been pulled together for parents/guardians to explore with their children.

Activity & Mindfulness

Fitness Breaks with Professional Athletes

Program Provider/Organization: Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Grades: 6-8

Description: Warm up and practice your soccer and basketball moves with professional athletes for quick physical activity breaks.

Registration/Link: Fitness Breaks


Careers in Mental Health

Program Provider/Organization: Montgomery County Public Schools

Grades: 6-12

Description: As part of the MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week, this live information session will feature mental health professionals talking about their careers.

Registration/Link: Careers in Mental Health

There are no In person Events at this time

Please check back soon for future opportunities

There are no Virtual Events at this time

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Arts & Culture

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Program Provider/Organization: The British Library and Google Arts & Culture

Grades: 6-8

Description: Explore the wonders of the British Library exhibition of Harry Potter.

Registration/Link: Harry Potter: A History of Magic


Digital Stage

Program Provider/Organization: The Kennedy Center

Grades: 6-12

Description: Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond, with new releases daily, special series and original stories. Explore our vast collection of thousands of videos.

Registration/Link: Digital Stage


 Art Time for Tweens & Teens

Program Provider/Organization: Montgomery County Public Libraries 

Date and Time: April 1 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Grades: 6-12

Description: Are you artistic? Do you like to draw? Would you like to design your own book to keep? Join us for this in-person book making Art Time Fun for Tweens & Teens at the Long Branch library. The library will supply the blank books, glue sticks, pre-cut pictures, colored pencils, markers, and stickers. You come with ideas, ready to make a book, and have some fun!

Registration/Link:
Art Time


There are no Virtual Events at this time

Please check back soon for future opportunities 

College and Careers

UnZOOsual Careers

Program Provider/Organization: Smithsonian: National Zoo

Grades:  6-8

Description: Tune in from near and far to learn about animals, conservation and careers along with educators at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Students can meet staff with lesser-known or “unZoosual” careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and explore various habitats, animal adaptations, lifecycles and more!

Registration/Link: UnZOOusual Careers


Let’s Talk Careers

Program Provider/Organization: Montgomery County Public Schools

Grades:  6-12

Description: MCPS Let’s Talk Careers is a monthly live speaker series for experts to share their career path and industry expertise. The sessions will cover a variety of industries such as arts & entertainment, bioscience, entrepreneurship, engineering, government and restaurant management.

Middle and high school students will learn about:

-Various pathways to pursue a career.

-Skills and requirements to be successful in any career.

-Ways to maximize opportunities as students start to think about their own career path.

Registration/Link: Let’s Talk Careers


Careers in Mental Health

Program Provider/Organization: Montgomery County Public Schools

Grades: 6-12

Description: As part of the MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week, this live information session will feature mental health professionals talking about their careers.

Registration/Link: Careers in Mental Health


Outdoor Dream Jobs Podcasts

Program Provider/Organization: Basecamp Outdoor Community

Grades:  6-12

Description: Outdoor Dream Jobs is a podcast hosted by Ali Carr and Jenna Celmer, who run the Basecamp Outdoor Community (with 21,000+ members). It rounds up the coolest outdoor industry jobs of the week and delivers them—and why they're great opportunities—within 5 minutes. Plus, each week we speak to one guest from a brand about a particularly covetable position. 

Registration/Link: Outdoor Dream Jobs


SkillUp Montgomery

Program Provider/Organization: WorkSource Montgomery

Grades:  9-12

Description: SkillUp® Montgomery is designed to help Montgomery County build a workforce ecosystem that supports positive economic development. Job seekers can explore career pathways, view local job postings, register for free online learning, and receive workforce services.

Registration/Link: Skillup Montgomery


There are no In Person Events on April 1

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There are no Virtual Events at this time

Please check back soon for future opportunities   d to participate. Once registered, Zoom meeting information will be sent prior to the event. 

Science

Earth & Its Place in the Universe

Program Provider/Organization: Smithsonian: National Air and Space Museum

Grades: 6-8

Description: How do we know what's in Space? How do we know sizes, compositions, and distances between celestial objects? During this Artifact Immersion explore tools used to discover our Universe, and learn about how they function in order to select the best tools to complete your own mission.

Registration/Access: Earth & Its Place in the Universe


UnZOOsual Careers

Program Provider/Organization: Smithsonian: National Zoo

Grades: 6-8

Description: Tune in from near and far to learn about animals, conservation and careers along with educators at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Students can meet staff with lesser-known or “unZoosual” careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and explore various habitats, animal adaptations, lifecycles and more!

Registration/Link: UnZOOusual Careers


Teen Earth Optimism

Program Provider/Organization: Smithsonian: National Museum of Natural History

Grades: 6-12

Description: Hear from experts on a variety of scientific fields and community organizations who bring different perspectives to the climate conversation in this video webinar series for teens. Experts will share how their work is making a difference and will answer audience questions. Programs are 45 minutes long and feature a group conversation between a museum educator and multiple guests, including scientists, members of D.C. community organizations, and local teenagers.

Registration/Link: Teen Earth Optimism


Smithsonian: National Air & Time and Navigation: The untold story of getting from here to there.

Program Provider/Organization: Space Museum

Grades: 6-12

Description: If you want to know where you are, you need a reliable clock. It might seem surprising, but knowing the accurate time is essential for determining position. Learn what it takes to navigate in the sky, seas and space.

Registration/Link: Time and Navigation


Virtual Tours

Program Provider/Organization: National Park Foundation

Grades: 6-12

Description: Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to enjoy a park experience online.

Registration/Link: National Parks Virtual Tours


There are no In Person Events on April 1

Please check back soon for future opportunities

There are no Virtual Events at this time

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SSL and Social Justice

Because of Her Story: Activism

Program Provider/Organization: Smithsonian

Grades:  6-12

Description: Voting rights. Civil Rights. Reproductive rights. A living wage. Equal access to education. Progress on these and every other major social issue of our time has its roots in the activism and advocacy of everyday people in the past. Did you know it took 100 years for the 19th Amendment to be ratified into the Constitution? One hundred years of American women organizing, campaigning, marching, writing, speaking, protesting, and being jailed.

Registration/Link: Because of Her Story: Activism


Bringing People Together

Program Provider/Organization: KID Museum

Grades:  6-12

Description: Take a close look around your neighborhood, your school, your city. Almost everything you see was designed and made by someone. Designed objects and spaces have the power to influence feelings, opinions, and thoughts. They can also bring people of diverse backgrounds and cultures together, and inspire change.

Registration/Link: Maker Playground: Bringing People Together


There are no In Person Events on April 1

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There are no Virtual Events at this time

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Upcoming SSL Opportunities – May 2022

Days off of school are a great opportunity to participate in SSL activities and support your community. MCPS has information on ongoing activities to participate in from the Choose Respect Video Contest, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, to additional nonprofit-hosted virtual/remote and in-person SSL opportunities.

Technology & Coding

Future for Computer Science

Program Provider/Organization: KID Museum

Grades:  6-8

Description:  What technologies will we be using in the future? Using the historic speed of technological advancement as inspiration, develop your own idea about what the future will hold.

Registration/Link: Future of Computer Science


Arcade Video Games

Program Provider/Organization: KID Museum

Grades:  6-12

Description:  Learn about the golden age of arcade games and how to make your own video game!

Registration/Link: Arcade Video Games


Code at Home Activities

Program Provider/Organization:Girls Can Code

Grades:  6-12

Description: Every week they offer a free new educational computer science activity, some online, some offline.

Registration/Link: Code at Home Activities


Smithsonian: Time and Navigation: The untold story of getting from here to there.

Program Provider/Organization: National Air & Space Museum

Grades: 6-12

Description: If you want to know where you are, you need a reliable clock. It might seem surprising, but knowing the accurate time is essential for determining position. Learn what it takes to navigate in the sky, seas and space.

Registration/Link:  Time and Navigation

There are no In Person Events on April 1

Please check back soon for future opportunities

There are no Virtual Events at this time

Please check back soon for future opportunities