Activities

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Science of the Olympic Winter Games

NBC Learn and NBC Sports, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, unravel the science, technology, engineering and math behind the Olympic Winter Games.

Ice Excavation

Get ready to go on an arctic adventure! Learn about ice excavation in this exciting ice science experiment while discovering why water freezes and ice melts.

Science Buddies’ BIG List of STEM Activities for Online Learning

Over 150 FREE short-term science and engineering activities especially designed for use at home sorted by area of science.

Science Buddies Fun Kid Science Activities at Home

A short list of engaging activities to do with kids and to help keep kids occupied (and learning).

Pepper and Soap Experiment

A fun activity for students to learn about water surface tension, as well as understand why it’s important to wash their hands with soap and water.

Education.com Weekly Learning Packets

A week’s worth printable learning materials across all subjects to ensure students enhance their online learning.

Education.com “Brainzy” Guided Lessons

Guides key skills through fun, creative games, songs, and stories in our fun online learning program. Students practice skills depending on grade level. Create free account for access.

2020 Maryland STEM Festival Art Contest

The 2020 Maryland STEM Festival and Art Contest theme is Manufacturing and Design. The contest runs from April 7th through September 10th.

Smithsonian Virtual Tours

Virtually explore the Smithsonian from your living room!

Skills Builder Home Learning Activities

A selection of tasks through videos, activities, games to develop young people’s essential skills like listening, problem-solving, and creativity.

The Ice is Melting – Learning About Climate Change

In this set of four activities from the European Space Agency, students explore the impacts of global warming and melting ice on the Earth.

Hour of Code: Python and Biology

Develop your programming skills and build your own animal classifier! You’ll use the programming language Python to classify animals based on their characteristics. *Free activity access until July 5, 2020.

Hour of Code: AI for Oceans

Learn about machine learning and ethical use of artificial intelligence while exploring ethical issues and how AI can be used to address world problems.

Code.org Grades K-5 Courses

Learn to make your own game, app, or computer drawing.

Hour of Code: Loops in a video game

Beginner coding activity to learn about loops by creating a video game!

Hour of Code: Animations that Talk

Bring animated characters to life in this beginner coding activity that uses Text-to-Speech blocks!

Hour of Code: Khan Academy Drawing with Code Lesson

Learn how to program drawings using JavaScript by designing your very own snowman.

Hour of Code: Disease Epidemic

This activity is designed to give you your first experience programming, and has been specially designed for the Hour of Code. Use the programming language Python to model a disease outbreak. Can you solve the curious case of the glowing nose?

Invent a Backscratcher from Everyday Materials

Students create devices to get “that pesky itch in the center of your back.” Once the idea is thought through, students produce design schematics (sketches). They are given a variety of everyday materials and recyclables, from which they prototype their back-scratching devices.

Creating an Electromagnet

Students create their own small electromagnets and experiment with ways to change their strength to pick up more paperclips.

Potato Power

Students use potatoes to light an LED clock (or light bulb) as they learn how a battery works in a simple circuit and how chemical energy changes to electrical energy. As they learn more about electrical energy, they better understand the concepts of voltage, current and resistance.

A Future STEM – Learning About STEM Leaders

There is a world of opportunities in STEM. Discover STEM heroes who have made a difference in our lives, think critically about how STEM careers are portrayed in films and TV and explore different ways to get into a STEM career.

How Could We Augment Ourselves?

The human body is an amazing piece of engineering. How can scientific innovations make our bodies even better? Download pdf for information and various activities on engineering.

Pills Dissolving

Students place different pill types (“chalk” pill, gel pill, and gel tablet) into separate glass beakers of vinegar, representing human stomach acid. After 20-30 minutes, the pills dissolve. Students observe which dissolve the fastest, and discuss the remnants of the various pills.

Make a Thunderstorm

Learn about the air mechanics of a thunderstorm with this easy, at-home experiment.

Minecraft Coding

Explore a Minecraft world through code!

CSI-Web Adventures

On this interactive Web site, visitors can solve crimes using forensics at beginner, intermediary and advanced levels. The site offers other activities such as handwriting analysis, a detective game and an opportunity to learn about different careers in science.

Become a LEGO Mechanic

Homegrown Learners provides some great videos and detailed explanations of how to use LEGO to teach elementary and middle-school aged children about technology, engineering, math, and building.

Probability with M&M’s

Learn how to use the scientific method in determining the probabilities with a bag of M&M’s!

Kinetic City Science Adventure

Knowledge-eating viruses are destroying our world’s science. Play Kinetic City’s games and projects to beat the bugs and set things right.

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners

Learn about the film-making process, whether in elementary or high school. It involves a little bit of storytelling, experimentation, problem solving, and hands-on technology with easy-to-follow instructions to create a stop motion video.

Gamestar Mechanic Design Game

Go on epic quests and earn powerful sprites. Use the tools you earn to design your very own games. Play tens of thousands of games created by users like you. Share your games with your friends. Level up from player to designer! The game and the accompanying Learning Guide are designed to foster critical 21st century skills such as systems thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, digital media literacy and a motivation for STEM learning.

The Incredible Shrinking Bag and Crushed Soda Can

These two garbage science projects take a potato chip bag and a can of soda and turn them into some fun science experiments that are great for elementary aged kids!

Winter Insulation Activity

When a room feels too cold or hot, your first response might be to adjust the thermostat, but an engineer may question whether the building has been properly insulated to avoid energy waste and high utility bills. In this lesson, students in grades 3 through 8 assume the role of building engineers, testing several materials to determine which would provide the best house insulation. They learn about the role of insulation in preventing heat transfer and discuss the importance of energy conservation in buildings.

Math Problems Supporting SET

Find a variety of activities that use math skills to solve science-, engineering-, or technology-related problems. These math activities range in skill level from 1st through 12th grade to help build STEM specific problem-solving and data-collecting skills.

Tiny Houses: Living Large in a Small Space

Tiny houses are sweeping the nation for their innovative use of space for a variety of practical uses. Students use the Engineering Design Process to work through an entire STEM unit to design, engineer, market, and create a miniature 3D model of a tiny house.

Civil Engineering for Kids!

Introduce kids to the fun and challenge of engineering with the help of ASCE’s extensive gallery of hands-on civil engineering activities. With over 100 easy-to-lead activities, organized by topic, grade level, setting, and special materials, you will never be at a loss when it comes to introducing civil engineering concepts to kids!.

STEM Sprouts: Teaching Guide

The STEM Sprouts Teaching Kit is the product of a collaboration between National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum, and WGBH. The goal of this curriculum is to assist preschool educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three to five-year-olds on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Explore these simple STEM activities with your children or students!

Design a Winter Rooftop

In this class activity, students in grades K-5 observe how various roof shapes perform under the challenge of a flour “snow storm.” As they debate the advantages and disadvantages of different shapes of roofs, students learn how engineers must accommodate climate and the environment when designing a housing structure.

Keep-A-Cube-Cold

In this activity, student teams in grades K – 6 explore the design process by engineering a way to keep an ice cube from melting for 30 minutes.

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Little Bins for Little Hands

Simple science experiments and activities, plus STEM! STEM is a hot topic today. It stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It is also extremely important for today’s world. Making STEM fun is a great way for young kids to form a solid base for understanding key concepts later on. Experimenting, tinkering, building, observing, exploring, problem solving, and creating are basic tools for this type of learning. Create curiosity. Create passion. Create an opportunity for kids to push the limits of what they can do. Our science experiments and activities, plus STEM challenges, will help kids fall in love with the world of STEM.

Real Life Math: Stuff your students will love to learn

Make the math connection with four interactive online learning adventures for middle school classrooms. Students will enjoy these brain-boosting explorations that use digital media in innovative and creative ways. Virtual environments, simulations, videos and interactive math activities challenge and motivate students to actively engage in learning. Choose one, two or all of these great web resources; then watch your students’ knowledge soar.

PBS Kids Design Squad

Explore simple projects you can complete at home and enter your unique, winning design into temporary Engineering Design Global Challenges for online recognition. The site includes a designated Parents & Educators section to support the engineering design process in your kids.

Next Generation Science Standards STEM Posters

What Scientists Do and Engineers Do- Students Do Too!” Use these colorful and eye-catching posters that showcase STEM practices, domains, and crosscutting concepts in your classroom.

Enoch Pratt Free Library STEM Events

Use your imagination, discover and explore! STEM (or STEAM) stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, (the Arts), and Mathematics. Our hands-on programs tap into your creativity and encourage STEM exploration in a fun and engaging way.

Techbridge Family Guide

Parents play an important role in their child’s love of learning. From day trips to talks around the dinner table, there are lots of easy and fun ways to spark a love of science. Your next conversation or outing could inspire the future engineer inside your child. The guide provides advice for encouraging your children in science, and ideas for science museum visits, hands-on activities, and other things you can do as a family.

Chinese: https://techbridgegirls.cld.bz/Techbridge-Family-Guides/Techbridge-Family-Guide-Chinese

Spanish: https://techbridgegirls.cld.bz/Techbridge-Family-Guides/Techbridge-Family-Guide-Spanish

Exploratorium Science Snacks

These pages are full of snacks… but not the kind you eat! They’re the kind you can learn from and have fun with. Explore various STEM principles by creating these tabletop science experiments at home or in school.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry: Visit from Home

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. Museums offer a rich learning experience which doesn’t have to stop when you’re at home. Keep kids of all ages engaged during this break from school with these FREE activities designed and collected by the education staff at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics

This booklet from the U.S. Department of Education is made up of fun activities that families can use with children from preschool through grade 5 to strengthen their math skills and build strong positive attitudes towards math. Activities include Mathematics at the Grocery Store, Mathematics on the Go, and Mathematics for the Fun of It!

Kitchen Math from the Scholastic Website 

Have you ever stopped to consider how often you count, measure, estimate, and compare when you are cooking? Your kitchen is rich with fun and yummy ways for your child to learn the basics of numbers, counting, and measuring.

Hands on as we Grow

Science experiments for kids are a fun and hands on way for kids to learn about the world around them. Hands On As We Grow provides many simple ideas and experiments to explore science with your kids at home.

Moms who Think

Suggestions for activities to teach critical thinking such as classification, puzzles and math games. Grades 1-8.

Kids Zone

Science facts and experiments for Pre-K through fourth grade such as catch a rainbow, color wheel, water cycle and cornstarch suspension.

Riverbend Math

Check out this site for fun math games and activities for grades K-12.

Bedtime Math

Just as important as reading to your child is building math skills with your child.  Developed by a mother of three with a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, Bedtime math provides entertaining daily life examples of math problems grouped by age.

Hey Try This!

Here are some fun do-at-home activities for your child to explore some of the physical science phenomena such as Potato Popper (projectile motion), Glass Harp (sound waves), Invisible Glass (refraction of light) and Salt Dough Circuit (conductivity) that they did for us at the SABES STEM Recognition Events.

Maryland Science Center Fridays After 5

Every Friday after 5pm all summer long the Maryland Science Center celebrates with discounted admission from 5:00-8:00pm. Admission on Fridays after 5 includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater. All visitors pay just $10 for admission during this time.

Half Priced Friday Nights at the National Aquarium

Half- priced admission is offered on Fridays After 5 p.m. Click for more information.

Baltimore SEMAA at Morgan State University

This is a free program open to ALL Maryland students in grades K-12 and their parents. This is a STEM-based enrichment program. Click on the link and explore your options.

Kids @CCBC

CCBC (Community College of Baltimore County) offers many programs, activities, and summer camps for kids in the area. Check out their website for more information.

Moody’s Mega-Math (M3) Challenge

The M3 Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 45 US states and D.C. Working in teams of three to five, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem. Scholarships are awarded to the top teams.

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