Halloween is right around the corner, and no holiday is more perfect for STEM. With bubbling cauldrons and mysterious slime a regular part of this spooky day, we can’t help but share at least 5 of our favorite Halloween STEM ideas.
1.Make an edible potion. The possibilities with this one are endless, but almost all the best ones include dry ice. To keep it simple, just whip up some of your favorite punch or soda and add dry ice. Voila! Now you have a drink that is mysteriously bubbling over and disappearing and yet is completely harmless.
2.Make a graph out of your Halloween Candy. Although math doesn’t seem like the first think a kid may want to do when he gets home with a pillowcase full of candy, organizing candy into a graph is a fun way to compare candy with friends and family without even realizing that it’s math that you’re doing. All you have to do is find a flat large area that will fit all your candy and start organizing it by type. Make a column for Snickers, a column for Twix, etc. Make sure the different pieces of candy line up by row even if they are different sizes so the height will correspond to how many pieces you have. Did you get the most of your favorite type of candy? Who got the most in your family? After you’ve done a thorough statistical analysis, you may begin eating your candy.
3.Make slime. Nothing says Halloween STEM quite like a green non-Newtonian fluid. Look online for recipes or use your own favorite. For an extra spooky experiment, make glow in the dark slime.
4.Track the phases of the moon. Learn about what the different phases are called and make a sketch every day for a month of what the moon looks like. Just be sure to watch out for werewolves on October 24.
5.Make Self-Inflating Ghosts. All you need for this experiment is baking soda, vinegar, a plastic water bottle, a white balloon, and a sharpie. First draw a face on your balloon to make it look like a ghost, then fill it with about a tablespoon of baking soda. Fill the water bottle with about a half cup of vinegar, then attach the balloon to the top. Hold the balloon up so that the baking soda falls and reacts with the vinegar and watch your ghost come to life!
Good luck with these spooky STEM ideas and happy Halloween from The STEM Shoppe!
Science Fair should be an exciting celebration of STEM, but sometimes it can turn into a burden that both kids and parents come to dread. We at The STEM Shoppe would like to change that! Here area few tips on how you can help your child with the science fair without doing their project for them:
1.Help Brainstorm. Kids have great ideas and should be able to get genuinely excited about their project. Sometimes they may need a little help getting over the initial ‘I don’t know what to do,’ however. A great science fair idea really depends on the child, and it is important to find a topic that your child is really interested in. Start with their interests, whether it be animals, nature, video games, food, music, or anything else. What questions do they have about that topic? Most questions can be explored with a scientific approach, and you’ll have a science fair project unique to them within no time.
2.Prepare Supplies. Science fair projects can take a lot of time, and by preparing the supplies you will save them time and effort and make it possible for them to focus on the more interesting and more important part of actually conducting the experiment. Helping with the simple but time-consuming tasks such as gathering supplies will help your child keep from burning out on the project and wanting to quit before it is finished.
3.Give Encouragement. This one seems simple, but it is just as important as the others. Be supportive of their project and give feedback and advice when needed. Encouragement and support are much better in the long run than doing most of the project for them – allowing your child to have to work hard on the project will give them the satisfaction of the finished product and a better experience overall.
In addition to these tips, we are offering Science Fair help this October for the first time at The STEM Shoppe! Both online and in-person classes are available, and we will work together and complete the project in 60 days. Included with the classes is a Science Fair Project checklist and the opportunity to have your final science fair project reviewed by an educator prior to submission. For more information and pricing for this stress free and easy way for your child to enjoy the science fair, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year at The STEM Shoppe we are having our first ever Technology Camp over UEA weekend! Thursday Oct. 18 and Friday Oct. 19 we will be offering all day camps designed to allow campers to get hands-on experience with days full of cool technology. Half days from 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM are available, along with full days from 9AM-4PM. Free extended care is also available before and after class at 8:30AM and until 5:30PM.
Our Technology Camp will highlight the importance of technology in problem solving and innovation in the world today, as well as how related technology is to all other parts of STEM. Campers will get a chance to build some of their own technology, as well as work with current technology and software. Technology is not only an essential skill to develop, but also something that is fun and creative.
Technology Camp at The STEM Shoppe gives your child an opportunity to have fun with other kids during the break from school, while still keeping them learning and discovering new things. To see pricing and to register for camp, visit https://thestemshoppe.campbrainregistration.com.
School is just around the corner, which means it is also almost time for our Back to School STEM Night! This is a free community event you won’t want to miss on Wednesday, August 29. Come by The STEM Shoppe anytime from 5:30-7:30 and try coding with Dash and Dot and making polymers, or sign up for our engineering challenges and chess tournament to put your STEM skills to the test.
Not only will our Back to School STEM Night get your child excited about STEM as the school year begins, but it is also a great opportunity to sign up for classes at The STEM Shoppe. For only one day – August 29 – all 2018-19 school year memberships will be 15% off! Our school year memberships offer after school classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4:30, or the 2nd and 4th Saturday at 10:30am. Click here to find out more about the different memberships we offer at The STEM Shoppe.
Back to School STEM Night will be a perfect opportunity to come and check out what The STEM Shoppe is like and to see how fascinating STEM can be, and it will also be a great community event for the whole family. With food, prizes, and a chance to win a 1-month membership, it is sure to be a fun filled night of STEM to get your child excited for the school year.
Back to School STEM Night is completely free, but be sure to sign up online to guarantee your spot in the chess tournament and engineering challenges. Join us to kick off the school year with a night of learning and fun!
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an K-8 educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-8 teachers state-wide.