December 22, 2016

Fun & Engaging STEM Winter Activities

   Getting students engaged after a long break sometimes can be a little tricky! But January Winter STEM Activities includes five different STEM challenges that your students will love! Students plan, design, engineer, solve problems, and collect data as they are having fun during the winter season.  Students are also learning many important math and science concepts!

My students are always so engaged when observing the changes that happen outdoors during the winter months. Teaching students about nature and how that during the winter months birds have a scarcity of food is extremely important. Students design and create bird feeders using recycled materials.  Students get to solve a real problem by creating ways to feed the birds during the winter months.  My students loved this activity so much several of them started researching more about birds! 

Another fun experiment to do with your students during the winter months is conducting a glove experiment based on colors.  Students measure the temperatures on the different gloves throughout the day!  Students get to see how different colors absorb the light. 

Winter Road Safety Experiment is an experiment that students can test how different substances melt ice.  Students will conduct experiments and test their questions. 

STEM Cable Car Project is one of my favorite STEM projects.  Students learn and design a cable car that will travel a distance safety carrying a passenger.  Several of my students had been on a cable car before so they had some prior knowledge of how cable cars work.  I showed a picture of a cable car before my students started designed their cable cars.  My students designed, created, tested, and redesigned their cable cars.  My students loved seeing how their cable cars performed and how their passengers traveled throughout the journey!

Activity 1: Students build bird feeders using recycled materials
Activity 2: Students conduct a glove experiment based on color
Activity 3: Students conduct a glove experiment based on type "How warm are your gloves?"
Activity 4: Students conduct a Winter Road Safety Experiment

Activity 5: Students construct Cable Cars that can safely transport a passenger.
Getting students excited about their learning is so important!  Students learned many important concepts throughout these STEM projects.  Students measured, collected data, and learned about how matter interacts with different substances.

December 5, 2016

STEM Christmas Activities in the Classroom

 STEM Christmas Activities can get students engaged and having fun the last few weeks before the holidays, while learning important STEM concepts. 

Creating a Newspaper Christmas Tree is an easy and inexpensive way to get students thinking critical and problem solving as they plan, design, and create the tallest Christmas tree! Students measure their trees as they work to create the tallest tree that is free standing.  

Candy Cane Christmas Trees: Students use candy canes and rubberbands to create the tallest standing structure. 

STEM Christmas Light Circuits gives students an opportunity to explore energy and create circuits using Christmas Lights.

Gum Drop Christmas Tree 

Some of my favorite Christmas books!