Having a STEM Kit on hand at home is a wonderful thing for planned or impromptu experiments, and I am going to show you how to build one, even if you are on a budget.
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Including STEM in education is important, and it is a good thing to introduce STEM learning at a young age.
Why is STEM important?
Children have a natural interest in exploring how things work. Because of this, STEM activities are perfect! They are hands on and student-centered. By questioning, examining, and problem solving, kids are then able to learn to solve real life problems.
The role of the adult is to guide the students through the problem solving process.
How do you build a STEM Kit?
Building a STEM kit, may take a little bit of time, however, it is pretty easy and inexpensive to build up supplies.
First, look around the house.
Check the recycling bin, junk drawer, and be sure to raid the tool box! A more complete list is included at the end of this post, but look for things like plastic bottles, cans, nuts, bolts.
Once you’ve searched your house, chances are, you will find that you need to purchase some things to round out your kit.
My absolute favorite spot to find my material is the Dollar Store. They have a little bit of everything, and it is very easy to build up a good stock when things only cost a dollar. Make a list, or print mine, and take a field trip to get supplies. While you are there, be sure to grab a notebook to record designs, observations and results!
I’ve got the supplies, now what?
Once you have your supplies, it is finally time for the fun! Pick an experiment, or create a challenge, and get to work!
Remember, this is a chance for your child to figure things out on their own. Your role is to guide, create curiosity, passion, and give them an opportunity to push limits.
I will have some more detailed posts about our specific activities and experiments as we do them in our classroom. Currently, I am working on a list of fun fall themed activities.
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In the meantime, here are a few activities to get you started:
Do you have a STEM Activity that you have tried? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it!
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