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January 31, 2023 8:00 AM
Why do the 2023 Ping Pong Pickup Engineering Challenge? Here are 10 reasons this is a great STEM challenge for your students. The annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge makes it fun for students to try engineering. Each year, the Science Buddies Engineering Challenge presents an innovative and engaging engineering task and challenges students in grades K-12 around the world to use the engineering design process to brainstorm, design, build, and… Read more
January 27, 2023 6:00 AM
Give student science and engineering activities a fun Valentine's Day twist with these 12 free STEM ideas, from paper circuit Valentines to invisible ink messages and dancing candy hearts! Be My STEM Valentine With a bit of creative thinking, it's easy to give favorite STEM activities a new spin and irresistible Valentine's Day flair. See our suggestions below for an assortment of science and engineering activities that can be done with Valentine's… Read more
January 20, 2023 8:00 AM
February is Black History Month. Learn more about some of the many African American scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Black History Month: 35 Scientists to learn more about! Update! This post has been updated for 2023 to include additional African American scientists and engineers. In honor of Black History Month, we highlight 35 African American scientists and engineers who made important contributions… Read more
January 19, 2023 8:00 AM
K-12 students worldwide are invited to explore engineering with the annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge. Every year from February to March, in conjunction with Engineers Week, student teams work to solve a new engineering challenge using a short list of simple materials like paper and tape. The 2023 challenge, Ping Pong Pick Up Challenge, has students build a device that can pick up a ping pong ball from a distance and return it to a start line. How far away can students retrieve… Read more
January 10, 2023 12:00 AM
Explore optical illusions and trick the eye with these science fair projects, experiments, and STEM activities. How Do Optical Illusions Trick the Eye? Optical illusions (also called visual illusions) can be fun, mind-boggling, mesmerizing, puzzling, and surprising! Our eyes don't always see what they should. An optical or visual illusion occurs when there is a disconnect between our brain and our eyes or when something goes wrong in the visual process. Science related to light, vision,… Read more
January 6, 2023 8:00 AM
Celebrate Lunar New Year with these free science and engineering activities for enriching hands-on STEM. What is Lunar New Year? Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) is January 22, 2023. Lunar New Year starts with the new moon that happens in late January or February. Celebrations continue for 15 days and culminate with a Lantern Festival. In Chinese culture, 2023 will mark the year of the rabbit. There are many symbols and traditions… Read more
December 28, 2022 8:00 AM
Plan ahead to bring exciting science and engineering to your students all year long. Our STEM Calendar offers a roadmap for finding teaching materials and hands-on experiments to match with seasonal and calendar events throughout the year. STEM Calendar — A Roadmap of Monthly Science and Engineering Connections for Events and Popular Themes We know educators often plan weeks or even months in advance for hands-on STEM experiments and… Read more
December 19, 2022 8:00 AM
Warm up with hands-on science and engineering! Match winter's cold weather, snow, and ice with these free lessons and activities for engaging hands-on STEM. STEM Activities to Bring Winter Themes to Science Class 1. Make Foamy Snow In the Foaming Fake Snow activity, students use baking soda and water to make fake snow they can then use to make snow people or other small sculptures. Like real snow, the fake snow won't last. What happens when… Read more
December 15, 2022 8:00 AM
This STEM teacher gave students in grades 6, 7, and 8 each a different challenge to explore engineering design and computer science with real-world context. Engaging Students with Engineering Design and Computer Science Teaching students the engineering design process helps them understand a model of designing, building, testing, and iterating that they can use to approach problems or to innovate and invent new things. When engineering design is… Read more
December 12, 2022 8:00 AM
Turn Up the Volume with this Quartet of Noisemaker Science Activities! Whether you are looking for last-minute ideas for the science classroom before winter break or suggesting fun DIY science ideas for students to explore at home, these hands-on science activities make learning about sound fun—and noisy! With New Year's celebrations coming, these short science projects are a great way for students to explore the physics of sound and make something they can… Read more
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