Month: July 2015

Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Bristlebots

Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Bristlebots

If you’ve never made a bristlebot before, you are missing out!  This creative summer STEM activity uses a toothbrush, watch battery and pager motor (available on Amazon for about $5).

Kids will probably need help with this one as soldering is required, but it is well worth the effort.  By building a bristlebot, kids can learn about electricity, motion or even robots.

Take a look at eGFI (Engineering Go For It) for  instruction on how to build the bristlebot.

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Summer Activities for Kids: Boomerangs

Summer Activities for Kids: Boomerangs

For another fun Summer STEM activity, try the NASA eClips site.

Using craft foam, cardboard, glue and a few other items,  kids can build their own boomerang to learn about the forces of flight and Bernoulli’s Principle.

Then they can make a game out of testing their designs earning points for the distance they can throw it and the accuracy of its return.

For directions on how to build your own boomerang, check out The Great Boomerang Challenge.

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Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Cipher Disks

Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Cipher Disks

Speaking of learning how to code in last week’s post, how about a different kind of coding?  This week kids learn about codes and cryptography.

At the NSA’s CryptoKids site, kids can play games, try some brainteasers and build their own Cipher Disks.

Cipher Disks are a fun way to make and send encrypted messages.  All of the directions are provided and students learn the history of sending coded messages.

To make the Cipher Disk, head over to the CryptoKids site, click Games and Activities on the bottom right and click Make@Home.  There you’ll find directions for the Cipher Disk as well as two other cipher machines.

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Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Bouncy Balls

Summer STEM Activities for Kids: Bouncy Balls

It’s time for a fun chemistry activity (and a lesson in polymer science)!  Using borax, cornstarch and a few other items, students can make their own bouncy balls.

Provided by Science Buddies, this easy activity does not disappoint.  With a complete materials list, procedure and lab sheet, kids can experiment to see which combination of ingredients will make the bounciest ball…and learn about chemical and physical changes.

For more about this activity, check out Bouncy Polymer Chemistry.

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