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June 5, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons, experiments, and activities to teach science and engineering related to cars and to explore core science concepts with homemade cars. Rev Up STEM Learning — Car Science Experiments for Science Class and Science Fair Educators can use DIY cars made from simple materials to teach students about science and engineering related to the design, building, testing, and safety of cars and to demonstrate and explore general… Read more
May 25, 2023 8:00 AM
Looking for last-minute STEM ideas for the end of the year, for after testing, for a classroom warmup, or for a rainy day at home? Try these paper-based STEM activities! Science Activities that Use Paper! Doing science and engineering activities doesn't have to require lots of materials. If you are looking for something to do with students in the classroom or with kids at home, an engaging STEM learning experience might be just a stack of paper… Read more
May 15, 2023 6:00 AM
Use wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks for hands-on STEM activities! STEM Projects with Simple Materials Doing hands-on science doesn't have to involve expensive or specialty materials. The projects highlighted below all feature wooden craft or popsicle sticks! Hands-on STEM Activities Using Popsicle Sticks Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction: Interweave wooden craft sticks in an exploration of… Read more
May 12, 2023 6:00 AM
Don't throw those out! Save all the empty cardboard tubes! These simple materials can be put to use in fun hands-on science and engineering activities. This roundup highlights 10 free STEM activities you can do with empty cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel tubes. Recycled materials are great for many hands-on science and engineering activities. Paired with craft materials and some tape or glue, kids can turn recycled containers and… Read more
May 8, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM projects and activities to learn about circuits and make interactive paper circuits with K-12 students. Teach About Circuits! With "paper circuits," students can learn about circuits and design and build their first circuits on a piece of paper. Paper circuits are great for introducing students to circuits because the materials are simple. With copper tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery, students can assemble a circuit, learn… Read more
April 27, 2023 8:00 AM
Use Arduino to combine circuits and programming for a range of cutting-edge physical computing science projects. Use Arduino to Add Coding to Electronics Projects The Arduino UNO is a microcontroller board that makes it easy for students to get started with physical computing. Unlike programming or coding projects that involve writing programs that run on a computer, physical computing (also called embedded computing) involves adding programming to circuit-based projects, like… Read more
April 24, 2023 6:00 AM
Use these free lesson plans and activities to teach students about plant science—hands-on STEM options for all grade levels! Plant science, botany, plant ecology, and plant biology can be introduced to students and explored at all grade levels. To support you in teaching K-12 students about plant science, we have a range of resources that can work well in a wide range of settings: Lesson Plans Activities Student Projects Related… Read more
April 19, 2023 7:00 AM
May the 4th be with you! Tie simple science explorations in with Star Wars for Star Wars Day. Great STEM ideas for the classroom or for family science with kids at home. Connect favorite characters, epic movie scenes, Star Wars lore, and more with hands-on learning! May the 4th Be with You (AKA Star Wars Day) May 4th is a day of epic proportions for Star Wars fans. Echoing the popular movie line, the day is celebrated as May the 4th Be with You… Read more
April 17, 2023 6:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to talk about habitats, ecosystems, food webs, and more as you explore biodiversity with K-12 students. Biodiversity, the "biological diversity" of our planet, is key to human survival. There are an estimated 8.7 million species of plants and animals on Earth, but biodiversity is more than just a count of how many different types of plants and animals (species) exist in an area or on the planet. Biodiversity… Read more
April 14, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and science activities to explore DNA, heredity, and genetics with K-12 students. How are we like our parents? What makes apples and onions different? Why are some siblings similar in appearance or behavior and others different? How do our genes determine our features and physical characteristics? Can our genes also predict our health or the probability that we will get a disease? DNA holds the key to answering these… Read more
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