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Petersen museum offers online education programs while schools are closed

Twice-daily livestream effort begins March 17 at 10 a.m. (Pacific time)


With schools closing across the country because of coronavirus pandemic, the Petersen Automotive Museum is offering free educational livestream programming, starting March 17 at 10 a.m. (Pacific time).

Although the museum has closed through March 31, “For students looking for supplemental learning activities during school closures, the Petersen Automotive Museum will offer free educational live streams twice daily beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020,” the museum said. 

“Daily presentations will consist of a lecture at 10 a.m. and a hands-on activity at 1 p.m. 

“In addition to live stream programming, the museum will offer downloadable worksheets and coloring sheets.”

Programming is targeted for children aged 12 and younger, but is available for anyone to use.

Free educational series will present cars and will include hands-on activities

Topics to be covered are:

Tuesday, March 17

10 a.m., Force and Motion, “From Newton’s laws to different types of energy, students will learn the simple physics behind the automobile.”

1 p.m., Balloon Cars, with students learning how to make their own balloon cars and put them into motion.

Wednesday, March 18

10 a.m., History of the Car, a look at the evolution of the automobile.

1 p.m., License Plates, with students learning about vehicle registration and making and decorating their own to show off something about their home state.

Thursday, March 19

10 a.m., Storytime featuring “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman, 

1 p.m., Animal Cars, with students making a car based on their favorite animal.

Friday, March 20

10 a.m., Design Process, students will explore how things go from idea to finished product.

1 p.m., Car Models, with students creating their own car models.

The series will continue in following weeks.

“The Petersen Automotive Museum offers students an opportunity to gain an education during school closure and in between their digital course loads,” the museum’s executive director, Terry Karges, was quoted in the announcement.“Our special programming will broaden kids’ knowledge and expose them to the world of the automobile.”

For more information, visit the Petersen’s education website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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