50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids - The Stem Laboratory With a name like The STEM Laboratory, it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for kids. These 50+ STEM projects are sure to keep little scientists engaged, learning and well-prepared for their STEM-filled future. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Science Projects There are countless science experiments for kids but these 14 projects are our hands-down favorites! Make a mini model of the water cycle with just a Ziploc bag! Turn your name into crystals! Find out why the sky is blue. // Rookie Parenting Test whether objects are magnetic. // The Measured Mom Whip up some frothy, foamy toothpaste. Pour ice that is warm to the touch but freezes. Make one orange sink and another one float! Pour a rainbow into a jar. Capture fireworks in a jar using just a few common household supplies. // I Can Teach My Child Go fishing for ice. Learn about color mixing when you make water walk! Catch a cloud in a jar. Technology Activities Malia
Environmental Projects STEM Science Buddies has great ideas for hands-on science projects and activities students can do to learn more about environmental science. This week is National Environmental Education Week (EE Week 2016)! There are many projects at Science Buddies that help guide students in independent exploration of environmental science topics and issues. The list below highlights a handful of projects related to recycling, stewardship, conservation, and environmental awareness from our library of more than 1,100 science projects for K-12 students. The following list represents a collection of exciting K-12 student science, technology, engineering, and math projects with an environmental science focus: To view other related projects, see our complete Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering areas. Pin this collection:
Eight Great STEM Activities for Students Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics are receiving increasing emphasis in the curriculum. The Web offers plenty of fun activities to engage students in STEM, and sites such as iExploreSTEM offer resources, activities, printables, conferences and workshop information for educators. The following activities offered by iExploreSTEM covers all four STEM subjects. Science Exploring Aquifers: Students get a clear plastic bottle and can create their own simulated aquifer with dirt, sand, rocks, leaves, twigs or mulch. Technology Binary Coding Sounds: With this Web site, students can access a number of songs with high and low pitches symbolizing binary code. Engineering Bridge Construction: In pairs, students will work toward creating a paper bridge between two paper cups and balancing a third cup on the bridge. Mathematics Best Buy: Real-life examples help students understand discount shopping. Show-Biz Science
Wild Things 124: Bugs Up Close | Kiwi Conservation Club Mystery: Impossible! In this magazine's episode of the Owl Kids, were you a bit mystified as to how Tyto and Rufous knew where the smugglers were planning to go next? Well, that's because our illustration didn't show you what Tyto and Rufous could see. This is the image they saw: Now do you know where the suspected smugglers were heading? A berry important bird We're celebrating the kereru in the spring Wild Things magazine because it helps to keep our forests healthy. Recently, we ran the Great Kereru Count so we can find out where kereru can be found. To learn more about our native animals join KCC.
8 Wonderful Engineering Project Ideas For Kids That Will Keep Them Busy We have compiled a list of 8 wonderful engineering projects for kids that you can make them carry out and help them understand engineering basics that we all use in our everyday life. Check them out and let us know what you think of them. 8. Build a robot Building a robot can really induce the feeling of achieving something engineer-like and this is a must do! 7. Understanding the concept of forces is essential. 6. You can make paper planes or create a DIY airplane launcher as well. 5. Make a boat that can float and the kids will be proud of what they achieved. 4. Kids love throwing stuff and doing that with a self-made catapult is awesome. 3. This will allow them to practice screwing while playing with the board. 2. Cardboard boxes can be found easily in the house and with just a little bit of patience, you can create amazing stuff with cardboard. 1. The most basic and wonderful project to carry out! Source : Comments comments
20 Awesome DIY Science Projects To Do With Your Kids Before the advent of the uber-popular show Mythbusters or the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools, parents and their kids were doing at-home science experiments. Now, the trend continues to blossom, although many of the experiments have remained somewhat the same…and always awesomely exciting! If you’re a parent and you want to do something with your kid that isn’t related to cleaning the toilets or forging through homework, check out these 20 great science projects that you can complete in the confines of your humble abode. 11 Cool Science Projects for the Younger Set 1. Want to visually explain how bleach works? What you’ll need for this project: Two clear plastic cupsFood coloring (red is great to use)BleachWater Directions: WARNING: Do not under any circumstances drink the bleached water! Source 2: Buoyancy “Magic” 3. Make it rain inside your house. You’ll need: A plateA glass mason jarIce cubes (about one or two cups)Very hot water 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Why do Leaves Change Color? Science experiments for kids are big in our home. My kids love them – and so do I. While teaching Kindergarten I made science experiments a priority. Kids are so naturally curious about the world around them and science experiments bring this learning fully to life. This is my ABSOLUTE favourite science experiment of all time (oh yes, I promise it is THAT GOOD!) When asked by my daughter at age 3 (7 years ago!) I looked it up, found it too complicated for a 3 year old, but explained the best I could and let it be. I was in Teacher’s College at the time, and wouldn’t you know a few weeks later we learned about (and did) a science experiment for kids about leaves changing colour. Please keep in mind this is my (limited) understanding having done the experiment and some research in that class. Why Do Leaves Change Colour? Leaves contain Chlorophyll. This experiment is very simple and you likely already have everything you need: Materials: 3 leaves (from the same tree) Rubbing Alcohol Jar Steps:
What reacts with baking soda This is a simple experiment, perfect for extending knowledge after a volcano or other baking soda themed activity. Materials Baking Soda Vegetable oil Vinegar Lemon Juice Lime Juice Water Pipettes Ice cube tray Muffin tray Anything else you want to test Things to think about What to keep constant? Amount of baking soda Amount of substance to test Variable Substance being tested How will you know a reaction has taken place? What might you see? Method Place your baking soda into containers, a muffing tray or similar is perfect for this. Can you predict which substances will react and which won’t? Use a pipette to add each substance to a different container of baking soda, make sure you use the same amount of each substance. Record which reacts and which do not react. Can you think of anything else to test? Why does this happen? Bicarbonate of soda – baking soda is alkali which reacts with acids to produce carbon dioxide. Extension Ideas Can you test the substances that reacted with the baking soda again?
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites 14 Fun Engineering Activities for Kids Planet Smarty Pants was the inspiration behind this week’s Share It Saturday theme – engineering activities for kids! I looooooved her daughter’s design and construction of a roller coaster! Here on Fun-A-Day, I often refer to my son as Engineer. He loves planning and building all kinds of creations, so I know he’d get a kick out of these engineering activities! Design and build a roller coaster | Planet Smarty Pants Play and learn with Rube Goldberg machines | Brain Power Boy Create a flag using LEGO pieces | Shield of Faith Homeschooling Use a “Book of Structures” to inspire block building | Fun-A-Day! Construct a LEGO camping lantern | LalyMom Engineer and explore very unique forts | TinkerLab Design one of these 14 catapults | Fun-A-Day! Make a snack pulley | Left Brain Craft Brain Create mazes for hexbugs | Buggy & Buddy Experiment with a homemade marble run made from recyclables | Fun-A-Day! Challenge the kids with mystery engineering bags | Childhood 101
STEM Challenge: How Strong is Spaghetti? How strong is spaghetti? Challenge kids to invent a way to find out! This STEM challenge is a lot of fun, and you won’t need much in the way of materials! Here are the materials we used: 1 package of spaghetti2 sheets of styrofoam – purchased at Hobby LobbyBooksWooden blocks We started our project by investigating how much weight spaghetti can hold when it’s vertical. I asked the boys if they thought multiple pieces of spaghetti could hold more weight, and possibly even hold up a book. We decided to see if the spaghetti could hold up our large history book, and of course it could not… We tried again with our test, and used LOTS of spaghetti. We were able to get 6 board books on top of the spaghetti! Then we devised a second test to investigate the strength of spaghetti when it is lying down horizontal. Aidan put blocks on top of the spaghetti on each side to hold it in place. Surprisingly, the spaghetti held a lot of weight! What can we learn about the strength of materials from spaghetti?
Elementary Geography NOTE: A free pdf of this book is available from Violet at her Luminous blog. With Maps and Illustrations London Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., Broadway House: 68-74, Carte Lane, E.C. This little book is confined to very simple "reading lessons upon the Form and Motions of the Earth, the Points of the Compass, the Meaning of a Map: Definitions." The shape and motions of the earth are fundamental ideas--however difficult to grasp. Geography should be learned chiefly from maps, and the child should begin the study by learning "the meaning of map," and how to use it. These subjects are well fitted to form an attractive introduction to the study of Geography: some of them should awaken the delightful interest which attaches in a child's mind to that which is wonderful--incomprehensible. An effort is made in the following pages to treat the subject with the sort of sympathetic interest and freshness which attracts children to a new study. Charlotte M. Lesson I Montgomery. Lesson II Our World
28 Awesome STEM Challenges for the Elementary Classroom Ever wonder what STEM challenges to serve up to your students? Here is an amazing list of clever, unique and simple set up STEM lesson plans from other teachers. You’re going to love what your students come up with and the number of standards you can meet with these. There is a range of grade level ideas K-5 in this list. source: allabout3rdgrade.com Think you could solve this Water Puddle Evaporation puzzle? source: creativefamilyfun.net Drink up your experiment after you figure out How Hot is Hot? source: homeschoolcreations.net What tools would work best to Create an Umbrella? source: littlebinsforlittlehands.com This Dr. source: theeducatorsspinonit.com I love this Plastic Egg Tower that uses leftover easter eggs and playdough. Clever STEM Activities for Kids source: scienceafterschool.blogspot.com Upper grade level students solve Real World Problems with Stem Activities like oil spills. source: stemactivitiesforkids.com source: leftbraincraftbrain.com Quick STEM Challenges More Science for Kids