DIY Smart Phone Projector
Wondering what to do with your overflowing recycling bin? This oh-so-cool DIY smart phone projector will inspire little engineers to turn recyclables into inventions. There’s no stopping the possibilities in a simple cardboard box! Check out the simple step-by-step! #STEM #earlychildhoodeducation #firstgrade #kindergartenm
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 48. What Is In Our Air? — Vivify STEM
“WHAT ARE THOSE?!” Pictured are two real pig lungs that were part of a scientific inquiry activity on air pollution! On this episode of The STEM Space Podcast, Natasha and Claire take a deep dive into an authentic inquiry experience that involves using air sensors to measure sources of air pollution in your local area, playing a “Mystery Town” game to discover air pollution around the world, and using a gross demonstration to highlight the impacts of air pollution on human health.
Winter STEM Pack
25+ Winter science activities and STEM projects kids that are easy to set up and fit into the time you have available even if it's limited!Printable winter theme STEM activities that are simple but engaging for home or classroom. Perfect for K-2 and beyond and adaptable to many skill levels.Find simple background science explanations to share with kids while they explore hands-on and playful experiments, projects, and activities!
Straw Boats STEM Challenge
This is a fun STEM project for elementary aged kids! Teach them to build a Straw boat! Water is great for another awesome STEM activity for kids. Design a boat made from nothing but straws and tape, and see how many items it can hold before it sinks. Learn about simple physics while you test out your engineering skills.
The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle: The Cool Science Behind Frank Epperson's Famous Frozen Treat STEM
It’s always popsicle season in my opinion and this lesson has instantly become a favorite with my students! We read The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle and discussed the science experiments included in the book. They learned about states of matter and freezing point. We finished by making slushies in a bag using juice, salt, and ice!
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 47. What Maps Have To Do With Creativity — Vivify STEM
Everyone is born either creative or not, right? WRONG! Listen in as Claire and Natasha discuss creativity and an exciting project you can try in your STEM classroom. From Mapsco (if you feel bad, don’t - Natasha didn’t know what this was either) to creating your own compass, listen in and find out just how much technology has been replacing some important life skills and how Claire creatively brought them back into the classroom.
4 Ways to Use Read Aloud STEM Menus
Have you tried STEM menus with your elementary students?Including STEM menus is a great way to give students choice in their learning. The menus can serve as a starting point, sharing some possible design challenges and STEM or maker activities. Some activities focus on the creative side, while others are more focused on engineering. Click to read more!
4 Seasons STEM Activity Packs
Whether spring, summer, winter, or fall there's a STEM activity pack for kids for that! This 4 Seasons STEM Activity Pack for kids will engage your children with hours of seasonal fun. Included in this pack are life cycles, rocks, fizzy lemonade, and so much more. Kids from ages K2 to 3rd grade will enjoy exploring how our world changes during the seasons. Great for home, distance, and classroom learning!
Snowflake Bentley January Winter Creativity Challenges and Activities
Need a quick, no prep, winter STEM challenge to get your students thinking outside the box? Unlock creativity in your elementary classroom this winter with these winter creativity challenges by Carly and Adam. Great for engaging students during morning work, early finishers, or adding some creative thinking tasks to your winter classroom activities! Click to learn more!
3 Ways to Extend Thinking for Early Finishers During a STEM Challenge
Are you tired of your elementary students shouting out “I’m done!”? Is it difficult to keep those students engaged in STEM learning? Here are some ideas to keep those “fast finishers” working and learning in every classroom. Click to learn more!
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 46. STEM Career Chat With Bioengineer Dr. Georgia Lagoudas — Vivify STEM
Everyone knows that engineers are nerdy guys with glasses and scientists always have crazy hair! Our STEM Career Chat with bioengineer Dr. Georgia Lagoudas is here to help students break down the stereotypes around STEM careers by showing them that anyone, including them, can be an engineer or scientist! Dr. Lagoudas discusses what it’s like to be a Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow and how you don’t necessarily have to narrow your life path down to one fork in the road.
Vivify STEM Recommends: Sphero indi
Have you heard about Sphero indi yet? It is an adorable little robot that is programmed by passing over the included colored mats. Each color gives a different command to the robot. I have used them from Kindergarten thru 6th grade and all students have been highly engaged. One of the best things is that you don’t need a class set for everyone to be involved!
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Connect math to space with a scale model planet activity! 🚀 Students use Playdoh to show the relative sizes of planets - Kidspot has a great resource for this. Or you can show relative distances between planets using a roll of toilet paper and other free lessons from Astrosociety! My middle school students love both of these activities!
Build Santa's Sleigh STEM Challenge - Little Bins for Little Hands
Santa needs a sleigh in order to make his big night rounds. But what happens if Santa's sleigh is down for repairs with no time to spare? He needs a new one of course, and that's where your kids come in to the picture! Are they up for this Santa STEM activity challenge complete with printable? Will they be able to build Santa a new sleigh in time? Holiday theme STEM is exciting for kids.
How to Teach Growth Mindset and Failing Forward — Vivify STEM
STEM and Growth Mindset go hand in hand. Growth mindset is a belief that abilities can be developed and improved with hard work and dedication. They are NOT unchangeable traits we are just born with. So how do we impart this belief to our students?
Christmas STEM Challenge Cards Countdown Calendar (free printable)
Christmas STEM Challenge cards countdown calendar and Christmas advent calendar ideas for kids with free printable Christmas cards. Super fun STEM activities for kids that everyone in the family will enjoy! STEM challenges are always so much fun! #STEM #Christmas #kids