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STEM Challenges

 

 

 

These STEM challenges are not required, but if you would like to be creative and challenge yourself during our 2 weeks of Remote Learning here are some great activities! You can do 1 or all, it's up to you! I would love to see what you create, so please share pictures if you are able to. If you would like to share your creations with the class, please let me know and I can post the pictures below as well. 

 

 

April- May Activities 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:

Find an item at home that can be resued and transformed into something new! I would love to see pictures of anything you create! Some easy examples are : (1.) Take a plastic soda bottle and turn it into a planter to grow some herbs or small vegetables. (2.) Use materials around the house to create a wind chime. 

 

Grow a Garden:

Plant seeds from different fruits, vegetable and flowers and see what grows. If you do different plants, look and see how they are the same and how they are different. You can keep a journal to record what happens on different days. 

 

Make a Rainbow:

On a nice sunny day, use water and sunlight to make a rainbow on paper. Share your pictures of what you see! 

 

March Activities 

 

Leprachaun Trap:

Using materials you have around the house, build a trap to catch a leprachaun! Remember they are very tiny so make sure they can't escape from your trap! Have fun and be creative!

 

Pot of Gold Bucket Tower:

Using straws, tape, string and a plastic cup build a tower that holds the cup in the middle (similar to an old water well). Place pennies in to see how many pennies your tower holds! You can make changes to your design to see if it can hold more pennies. Be creative and have fun!

 

Oobleck:

(Optional)Listen to the story Bartholomew and the Oobeck, (youtube link: https://youtu.be/eDef7vCgrk0). (It is about 20 minutes long)

Watch a science video on youtube all about how to make Oobleck. I have also listed the steps below. (youtube link: https://youtu.be/nw8KaHglokQ)

 

In a cup or bowl, mix water and cornstarch together until you have a consitency similar to silly putty (you may need to add small amounts of water and cornstarch until you have the correct consistency). Try to press your finger straight down and see what happens! Then put some in your hand and see if it changes! Have fun and enjoy your new messy creation!

 

March Madness Basketball Hoop:

Although there will ne no March Madness Tournament this year, you can still have some basketball fun at home! Build a basketball hoop out of materials you have at home. Some easy materials you may have at home include pencils, tape, carboard (a cereal box works well), and a straw or use Lego. Use your materials to contruct a basketball hoop that stands and has a backboard. Have fun and be creative!