Below are some STEM Activities & Experiments to Try At Home!!!
Are you looking for something new and different to do? Sally Hennessy "the STEM lady" has been busy working on putting together FUNtivities that can be done by the whole family! Check out her first one on Creating A Living Roof, we will be posting more as she is able to present them!
- Create A Living Roof That Just Keeps on Growing! - Earth Day 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, that's a big deal!! Did you know the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency. By 1990, Earth Day was an event celebrated by more than 140 countries round the globe. There are endless ways we can celebrate and honor our planet Earth. How about if we choose to do an Eco-friendly activity? We can create and build our own version of something that will keep on growing. It’s a model of a living roof –yes! A roof that intentionally has things growing on it!
- STEM Activity - Pizza Box Solar Cooker - Had any pizza lately? Save the box! Here’s a fun STEM activity for some sunny day science. When we use the sun’s heat for energy it’s called Solar Power. It’s popular for many reasons, one is because it’s “clean” energy. Solar power doesn’t produce any air pollutants or carbon dioxide. Depending on the system, it can have a minimal impact on the environment. Solar cooking is using the heat from the sun to cook our food. Here in Ohio, our warm sun time is brief, but this is a fun sunny day activity. The solar cooker we will make doesn’t get hot enough to cook food, but it can get warm enough to heat food.
- Motion and Balloon Powered Cars - Ever heard of Sir Isaac Newton? He was a scientist in the late1600's. An apple fell from the tree he was sitting under and hit him... (maybe, anyway, it's a good story.) He explained, using math and physics, WHY things move the way they do based on 3 "laws" of motion. LAWS of motion? Not traffic or criminal laws, but a statement of fact. A rule based on scientifically consistent observation.
- Space Lander Challenge - To conquer this challenge, think like a rocket scientist! NASA scientists and engineers imagine designs that will not only launch properly and sustain life for the astronauts, they also deliver them safely home. Fortunately, they’ve been doing this successfully for quite some time now. From the NASA Science MARS Exploration Program website, I learned that NASA scientists are working to launch a Mars space lander vehicle, called the Perseverance Rover, in late summer 2020.
- Just Go Fly A Kite!!! - It’s finally SPRING and a great time to get outside and fly a kite! You don’t have a kite? No problem! There are loads of kite patterns, or templates online for you to use as a plan. OR, you could make up your own after learning more about kites. Let’s get started, click on the above link "Just Go Fly A Kite"!!!