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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
December 9, 2022 6:00 AM
With a bit of creative engineering, a simple circuit can do double-duty as a fun decoration and a helpful water-level monitor! Creative Engineering When faced with a problem, engineers come up with innovative and creative solutions! Keeping a cut holiday tree watered is important for preserving the life of a fresh tree, especially during dry winter days. With a bit of crafty science and engineering, one of our staff scientists added a circuit with a… Read more
December 4, 2022 9:00 AM
Level up your makerspace with these activities and STEM explorations for students ready to take next steps in robotics, circuit building, programming, electronics, and more! Take Your Makerspace to the Next Level! Our original jump-start your makerspace collection highlights 26 maker-inspired STEM activities to encourage and support hands-on creativity, engineering, and innovation. This new collection builds upon the original to feature 16 STEM activities to take your makerspace to the… Read more
November 29, 2022 8:00 AM
Find tools to help streamline assigning, managing, and assessing science projects. We also have resources to help you plan your science fair! This is part 4 in our 5-part STEM Education series on the value of science projects and science fairs. Science Buddies has a number of free tools for educators to help manage the student science fair project, from start to finish. The tools linked below work hand-in-hand with the tips and best practices we shared… Read more
November 28, 2022 8:00 AM
Planning an hour of code with students for Computer Science Education Week? Try these projects and activities to help students explore computer coding now and after! It's easy for students to get started learning about computer programming and video game and app design. Basic coding involves writing an algorithmic set of steps that tell a computer exactly what to do. No matter what language or programming environment will be used, learning to write… Read more
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