Updated: May 7
Send or post a picture or video* of your child’s STEM creation and Kids Hack Labs will send you a promo code to save 10% on summer registration. You can select a project from one of the ideas listed in the blog or come up with your own project. Click here to learn more ...
At Kids Hack Labs, we teach computer coding but we also teach computational thinking - the ability to approach problems, opportunities and challenges with deductive reasoning, creativity, critical thinking and active listening. Computational thinking is one of the three key skills that will prepare children for the future (see: The core skills to thrive in the Innovation Economy).
Writing code is a great way to develop computational thinking but so is completing other STEM based activities. To help keep your children entertained and learning, we have put together a list of STEM activities your child will want to complete and can be easily completed at home. When enjoying the list of STEM activities at home, you can join other families in sharing your child’s creations.
Learn how you can save 10% on your summer registration with Kids Hack Labs by completing and sharing your creation.
12 STEM Activities
Challenge: Give new life to something in your house that your family is no longer using or looking to dispose. Be creative and do your part for the environment.
Challenge: Grow your very own crystals from household products. Show the world your name in beautiful crystals.
Challenge: Enjoy fireworks in your kitchen without destruction. Create a show of color to celebrate an occasion or to add some flare to the day.
Challenge: Finally answer the age old question: Why is the sky blue? Impress your friends and family with your scientific knowledge.
Challenge: Devise an approach and build materials to see how high from the ground you can drop an egg without breaking it. Don’t sit there, get cracking (or not) - prove your injunity and challenge a friend or family member.
Challenge: Construct a pom-pom launching device. Maybe add to the fun by creating targets or by coming up with competitions to see who's pom-pom flies the farthest or is the most accurate. Go medieval and have fun with projectiles.
Challenge: Build a could in a jar. Become a force of nature and create your own weather system.
Challenge: Using household products, create a chemical reaction that will make a bag pop like Hubba Bubba. Be a mix master and start your day with a bang.
Challenge: Make a ziplock bag into an ice cream factory. Learn to use science for good...for the creation of yummy treats.
Challenge: Using recycled materials, create a machine that will crank up an item of your choice (maybe not too heavy). Anyone can pick up an object with their hands but only a budding engineer can pick up an object with a machine.
Challenge: Walk your Lego character through a lego maze using paper based coding - no computer required. Sharpen your computer coding skills while becoming a lego master.
*I am sure you can skip the step of laminating the paper.
Challenge: Cause a controlled oil spill and learn about its properties and potential environmental impact. Learn about a real world problem while having fun.
Recommendations from Hannah!
The What: Learn about electricity while completing informative experiments and playing fun games.
The What: Become a junior engineer by building items that solve real problems. Expose your child to a variety of engineering professions.
Not enough options, check out what Bill Nye has to offer: Experiments you should try at home