STEAM AT HOME RESOURCES

STEAM AT HOME RESOURCES

STEAM AT HOME

ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE

SUPPLIES: 20 NOTECARDS, 16 PAPERCLIPS, SCISSORS, RULER, A BOO

CHROMOTOGRAPHY FLOWERS

SUPPLIES: COFFEE FILTERS, MARKERS, PIPE CLEANERS, SMALL CONTAINER WITH WATER

MARSHMALLOW ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Supplies: Marshmallows, Toothpicks, Ruler

EXPLORING COLORS AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS

Supplies: Baking Soda, Vinegar, Food coloring or washable paint, pan or container, pipettes (or use a straw, eyedropper, or even a spoon)

MATH CARD GAMES

Give your flash cards a rest and practice facts with math card games instead. Simply lay down two cards from the deck (remove the face cards first) and add, subtract, or multiply them. Kids can work on this alone, or you can make it a contest to see who can call out the correct answer first.

 STORY TIME FROM SPACE

Get a peek at the International Space Station where astronauts record themselves reading actual children’s books. Explore this website for additional curriculum and science instruction videos.

CHALK YOUR WALK

Spread some joy and positivity by writing or drawing encouraging messages on your sidewalk or driveway. Or maybe walk down to the house of your elderly neighbor and leave some sidewalk art for them to enjoy out the

 RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE

The Rube Goldberg Organization has just launched a family challenge. Here is the link with more details: https://www.rubegoldberg.com/

The basic purpose is to design a machine that performs a simple task in an intentionally indirect or overly complicated way.

Supplies: Anything you have. Be creative! The bigger the movements, the more amazing it looks on video.

CHEMISTRY OF SUGAR CRYSTALLIZATION

Make your own rock candy by heating a sugar and water solution and following the simple instructions in this video.

Supplies: sugar, water, tall glass/jar, popsicle stick/skewer/string, pan to cook the mixture, patience (it takes multiple days for your experiment to complete), Optional: food coloring or flavor

MAKING A RAIN GAUGE

There’s more rain in the forecast. Follow these simple directions to make your own rain gauge. You could compare your findings to those reported by the National Weather Service or make a chart of your findings.

Supplies: plastic soda bottle, scissors, ruler, duct tape, pebbles (for weight)

BALLOON ROCKET

Supplies: Balloon, String, Straw, Tape

CURIOUS KIDS PODCAST

“We love But Why because they use questions from real kids. We usually listen to it in the car, but right now it’s a good way to take a break and help kids think about something new. My kids love it and I enjoy listening and learning new things, too.”

SLIME SCULPTURES

Consider using that old slime sitting on the shelf and turning it into a creative art project. What kind of sculpture can you make? Can you design an experiment to see how the slime reacts to different environmental conditions? Give your old slime a new life!

SOURDOUGH SCIENCE

Learn about the science of Sourdough bread, conduct experiments, or bake your own bread! A sourdough “starter” can be created by simply mixing flour and water.

COTTON BALL LAUNCHER

Supplies: Short Pencil, 2 thin rubber bands, 2 toilet paper tubes, duct tape, scissors, hole punch, cotton balls

PAPER PINWHEEL

SUPPLIES: pencil with an eraser, cardstock, double sided craft paper (or even 2 sheets of paper), scissors, straight sewing pin, needle nose pliers

COOKIE PHASES OF THE MOON

Supplies: an oreo cookie for each phase of the moon, a popsicle stick or table knife to remove the filling (try refrigerating the cookies first before slowly twisting them apart to keep the icing solid)

3D BUBBLE WANDS

Explore geometry by creating tensile bubbles or 3D bubble wands in multiple shapes and sizes using this simple tutorial. This is a great activity to do outside in your yard.

Supplies: plastic straws, pipe cleaners, bubble solution (homemade or store bought), tall container like a bowl, tupperware or pitcher

 

 PENNY POLISH EXPERIMENT

Design your own experiment to see which household ingredients will shine a penny the best. Make your predictions and then test your hypothesis.

Supplies: pennies, glass or paper cups/bowls, vinegar, ketchup, dish soap, salt and any other random condiments or safe-for-kids cleaning products you have such as lime juice, hot sauce, soy sauce, mustard.

EGG CARTON FACES

Use your recyclables to create unique face sculptures.

Supplies: egg cartons, scissors, glue, paint (optional)

CLOUD CHART

Go outside and observe the clouds. Can you identify the type of clouds in the sky? Check back later in the day, after the rain, or tomorrow to see how the clouds have changed.

You could create a cloud journal to track the changes in the clouds or use cotton balls glued to paper and some markers to depict each type of cloud.

UP-CYCLE PLASTIC EASTER EGGS

There are so many ways to re-use your leftover Easter eggs to make creative and useful STEAM items. Follow the link for directions on how to make a surprise egg picnic, egg maracas, fizzy bath bombs and more.

MUSIC LAB

Check out the Chrome Music Lab for web-based experiments exploring how the science, math and art of music. You can make your own music, visualize sound with a spectogram, explore sound waves and lots more.Intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdwmtU-FkrA

DICE GAMES

Use dice as a fun way to practice math skills or get creative and develop your own game.

SURPRISE RAINBOWS

Create this art project that feels like a magic trick. The link below describes 2 ways you can do it: 1. You can use paper towel to reveal the colors on an image or 2: You can use a dropper/spray bottle to see hidden colors come out from the rainbow.

Supplies: paper towel, permanent marker (like a black sharpie), washable markers, water, droppers or a spray bottle, table covering (could use a cookie sheet), large shallow dish like a glass baking pan if you want to immerse your magic art

WATER CYCLE IN A BAG!

Supplies: Ziploc bag, sharpie, water, food coloring

Grab a Ziploc sandwich bag. Use a black Sharpie to draw a sun, cloud and water. (see picture) Then measure 1/4 cup of water and add blue food coloring (4 drops). Carefully pour the colored water into your Ziploc bag. Once you are sure it will not leak, tape the bag to a window, and watch it work!

The Science Behind It: Since Earth has a limited amount of water, it has to change around and around through the water cycle. While you are watching, you will see the warm water in the sunlight evaporate into vapor. When that vapor cools, it will change back into liquid (condensed) just like a cloud. And when enough has condensed, the air can’t hold it anymore and water falls down in the form of precipitation.

GARDENING WITH KITCHEN SCRAPS

What better way to reduce your waste by turning it into new food?! You can re-grow many common herbs and vegetables such as carrots, basil, lettuce, celery, or onions.

Starting with simply saving the ends you normally throw away and soaking them in water, these plants will begin to sprout and can be cultivated into an indoor or outdoor garden.

TREE ID

Happy Arbor Day! Go for a walk in a wooded area and see if you can identify trees just by their bark.

TED TALKS

Looking for some inspiration or new ideas? Here is a playlist of TED Talks designed to inspire hands-on STEAM projects with kids

MARBLED STATIONARY

Use some simple household ingredients to create a fun art project and explore scientific understanding. When you’re done, use your project to write an encouraging note to mail to a friend!

Supplies: Two large plates, Shaving cream (not gel), Liquid food coloring (at least two different colors), White printer paper or cardstock paper, Spoon, Toothpick, Jumbo craft stick or ruler or any straight edged object, Paper towels, Spray bottle, Water

Simple instructions: spread a layer of shaving cream on a plate, dot with food coloring, use the toothpick to swirl the colors, place the front of your card on top of the color mixture, lift up and scrape off the excess shaving cream.

ORIGAMI JUMPING FROG

This is a great paper craft for origami beginners and you can use your frog to create your own fun games and activities.

Supplies: paper (origami paper is recommended, but you can use regular printer paper or wrapping paper cut into a square)

BALLOON-POWERED LEGO CAR RACE

Design and build your own Lego cars and use balloons to see which one goes the farthest. Apply physics concepts in your design to help you win!

Supplies: Lego bricks, Lego wheels, balloons