STEM Experiments&Activities

How do you keep your kids entertained and engaged over the summer with educational activities? This may be an easy task for some, but most parents get a little stressed about the idea of having children around for an extra 8-9 hours each day during summer. But there’s good news! You can reinforce their school...
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Teachers rarely have enough time to teach STEM in engaging and interesting ways and teach the required curriculum, so we are in the process of compiling some ways to help with that. Toys, games, and videos can all be used to accomplish the goal of connecting classroom STEM lessons to real-world application. The challenge is how to...
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Posted by Paige Barnes (Director of Education, CEEF) How do you keep your kids entertained and engaged over the summer with educational activities? This may be an easy task for some, but most of us get at least a little bit stressed about the idea of having our children around for an extra 8-9 hours...
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Posted by Paige Barnes (Director of Education, CEEF) Since the kids will be out of school before we know it, it’s a good idea to have a list of educational games and apps for kids that you can pepper in their screen time. In our house, we have a list of about seven to ten...
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Make Fake Snow This is especially fun with younger kids, but even older ones will love it. Reindeer Races You could use balloons decorated as reindeer taped to a straw on a “zipline” for younger students and student-built “cars” (mousetrap or otherwise) for older ones. For other STEM ideas, see these posts.
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This project fits beautifully as part of our list of winter-themed STEM activities and can be used with all different ages/grade levels. Use balloons (decorated as reindeer) that are taped to a straw on a “zipline” for younger students, and use decorated “cars” (mousetrap, Lego, or otherwise) for older ones. Another idea to involve younger...
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This is especially fun with younger kids, but even older ones will love it. There a few recipes for fake snow, so one way to incorporate a cross-curricular lesson is to make all the recipes and see which is the best; use charts and graphs to show results, and then write a compare and contrast...
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(If you haven’t already, read our first post about Cross-Curricular STEM Challenges.) A CS lesson on human interface design using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Younger students may require an explanation of interface. Think about the droids in Star Wars as further expansion and explanation for this type of technology. The story of Humpty Dumpty (STEM challenge:...
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STEM requires problem solving, and problem solving requires a broad spectrum of thought. Because their brains haven’t been conditioned to think in a vacuum, many times young students can tackle problems that have stumped engineers. Because of this, we at Energy Day understand all too well the importance of the application of STEM whenever possible. In...
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Most STEM teachers know the importance of letting students explore, but usually it’s the students who struggle with “exploration”. We have created a a post with ideas, activities, and experiments geared toward exploration, and here is one of those, which can be done with relatively little prep: Materials one container (small bowl) per group full...
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