Frost Science's 'museum pods' offers a safe space for children to attend virtual school

Posted at 4:29 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 16:31:22-04

With school and online classes in session, many parents are still trying to figure out how to find a balance between working and guiding their kids through e-learning. The Frost Science Museum launched a resource to help those parents during the school year.

“I’m learning how to do my letters,” said Alessandra.

This is Alessandra’s first week at Frost’s new program called “Museum Pods”, where children grades K-5 sit in a classroom setting while they attend their virtual school programs.

“Each of the students will have their own school work and we have a Frost Science educator with them to be able to help them with logging in, any IT assistance that they need and also making sure they’re completing their school work on time,” said Daniella Orihuela, Director of Educational Programs at Frost Science.

Students are grouped in pods of nine, they’re required to wear masks, and desks are six feet apart.

“Parents are very appreciative. The kids are having fun. They’re making friends. So they get to make new friends, see their old friends virtually and then also be able to learn in a very positive and safe environment,” said Daniella.

After students are done with their school work, they can continue learning by exploring the museum.

“I like to play with my friends and I like to pet the stingrays,” said Sophia.

“I like to watch the fish,” said Alessandra.

“They get to complete their school work around science, biology, language arts and then also get a little taste of marine science, conservation and even the principles of physics,” said Daniella.

Daniella says students in both Miami-Dade and Broward can join and they’ll be offering this program until schools reopen. For more information and to sign up, click here.