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S.T.E.M Challenge


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

In this fun challenge you will create a project in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math to improve your community, teach our community or provide entertainment for your community. You will need to research this one. Google Search Science projects. For this Challenge you will have 3 options:

1. Photograph the process extra certificate for looking like a scientist. You do not have to be in crown and sash during the process but crown and sash must be on... for final completed project.

2. Become a Public Speaker, tie the project into your community in improvements,teaching or entertaining and explain your project in a fun motivating way! Both Video and Photos should be in crown and sash for Final Statements.

3. Complete a project that both is a STEM project and Helps the community. Ask a City Planner for advice, ask a City manager for help.

Look your best. Look Like a Scientist, and WOW us with an Amazing Challenge... Projects Due....May 30th, 2020 or send when complete... Are you all? Get involved in your year!!!

Some of you do not have your crown or sash yet no need to let us know you are waiting we already know you are...





1. Cloud in a Jar

Category: Science

Condensation, water cycles and states of matter all get some attention with this delightful activity. A few simple household ingredients (water and hairspray) come together to demonstrate the formation of a cloud for kids.

This activity can be very simple — or scaled up for older people into an experiment with two different methods to create a cloud, along with conversation about how water cycles work in the environment.

2. Oil Spill

Category: Engineering/Science

Why not try an activity that will connect back to real issues? In this activity, you simply mix oil and water in a large container and add a few feathers to the mix. Then have materials like sponges, paper towels or little spoons and try to remove the oil from the water and feathers.

Remove the oil without removing too much water. You can use this activity to show how oil spills can affect the environment, observe how the oil affected the feathers and how difficult it was to remove it from the water. The basic elements of this activity (mixing oil and water) make it easy for the learning level to be scaled up or down depending—oil can obviously be messy, so use your discretion with younger learners.


3. Coding a LEGO® Maze

Category: Technology

In this activity, begin to learn the basics of coding. This activity from ResearchParent offers suggestions on how to scale the activity down for younger kids, as well as how to complicate it for elementary school and even middle school children.

With free printable materials like different mazes and instruction cards, your child puts themselves in the shoes of the “user” and lines up different codes (printed instructions) in order to “guide” their LEGO person through the maze. As kids perform this activity, they learn to estimate the perspective of something else and build a rudimentary understanding of command codes, sequence and looping that can help them with coding basics later on.

4. Crystal Sun Catchers

Category: Science

Making crystals with salt is a popular science activity—for good reason! The ingredients are cheap, available at the grocery store—and the results are lots of “Ooooh’s” and “Ahh’s” .

This particular activity also involves making the crystals into a sun catcher! .

5. Building a Hand Crank Winch

Category: Engineering

This STEM project is perfect for those who love to get crafty and learn how things work. The concept of the winch is a perfect way to build an early sense of how people can build awesome things with simple machines like pulleys.

Little ones will probably need your help constructing the winch—but with tools like cardboard paper towel rolls and a spool of ribbon, the parts are all friendly (and inexpensive).

6. Build a Balance Scale

Category: Science

This activity involves a plastic hanger, some cups and string. Make a hanging balance, use to experiment with weights. Or, add in building the scale as well!

To encourage a sense of experimentation, Hands On As We Grow suggests asking questions like, “How many LEGOs does this toy car weigh?” With lots of options to add variety (sorting by shapes, by materials, etc.), this homemade scale can be a STEM project you return to again and again.

7. Magnetic Slime

Category: Science

Homemade “slime” activities are a staple for many parents and educators looking for a fun tactile activity. This variant adds a splash of science by adding iron oxide powder and magnets into the mix. Getting the slime consistency right can be a little tricky, but most issues can be resolved with either adding more glue or more liquid starch. Once the starch is ready, you’ll need a strong neodymium magnet (or more) to start manipulating the slime.

This activity is an excellent conversation starter —so don’t forget to brush up on the subject yourself before getting started!

8. Jellybean Building

Category: Engineering

All you’ll need is a pile of jellybeans (or large marshmallows) and toothpicks for you to start learning about structures. By connecting toothpicks with jellybeans, see which shapes hold together well, which shapes stack well and which shapes are most interesting to look at.

This activity can help them start to understand the thought, design and technology behind structural engineering. Try challenging them to create a house or a specific structure—it’s a blast to see them considering their options as they build.

9. Pipe Cleaner Counting

Category: Math

Remember learning to count, understanding that numbers increase in size can be confusing. With just pipe cleaners and beads, you can become a Math Teacher helping people learn to count while also getting a visual of how numbers increase in size. Simply take small pieces of paper and label each pipe cleaner with a number. Then, order the pipe cleaners from smallest to greatest and start stringing on the correct number of beads while counting aloud.

10. Stop-Motion Animation Video

Category: Technology

Here’s an excellent option for creative STEM learning. We’ve all seen the fun stop-motion videos online, but you probably never thought of creating one yourself. With just a few objects, a smartphone or iPad® and a stop-motion app, you can learn about the technology behind movie-making and create a video unique to their own likes and interests.

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