creativity and STEM projects
|Simple fun on our Make & Take Monday: water bottle bubble makers|
1. Cut off the end of a water bottle (do in advance, too hard for younger crowd).
2. Have the kids take their water bottle and stretch a clean sock over the missing bottom.
3. Using duct tape, tape around the sock, so that it stays attached to the bottle.
4. Go outside and mix Dawn dish soap and a little water in flat dishes--go easy on water. Add lots of food coloring for rainbow bubbles.
5. Dip the sock end into your soapy water mix.
6. Unscrew the lid and blow into your bottle--DO NOT SUCK IN or else you're eating bubbles!
|STEM Science day: team building exercise--the egg drop!|
This was definitely an interesting STEM experiment to watch. We counted the kids (K-6) off into teams and asked the parents to help them build a shelter for their uncooked eggs which would protect the egg when we dropped it from the top of a 7ft. ladder. The catch is there are only 4 things to build it with: each group received 50 straws, 12 popsicle sticks, tape, and shoot, I forget the other things...but you get the point!
We encouraged parents to let the kids trouble shoot it--some hover parents definitely took over, some kids were bossy, some kids had awesome ideas. It was fun and the kids loved counting down and watching Prairie Dawn and I drop the egg holders. Everyone's eggs survived the drop onto the grass...not so for the drop over the sidewalk. We had fried eggs on the sidewalk that very hot day!
|STEM Science day for the Teens: they made |
Eukaryotic cells out of junk food.
Trying CELLing this to the Teens
Not sure where Prairie Dawn got this idea--she used Pinterest quite a bit, so maybe there--but she gave the teens a diagram of a Eukaryotic cell and junk food galore to build their own, while discussing different cells and all things sciency. A fun STEM project, fo sho!