November 8 is National Science, Technology, Arts,Engineering and Math (STEAM) Day, and we have some fun and family friendly STEAM activities to inspire and enjoy!
STEAM day was created based on Project Mc2, and intended to inspire kids to explore interests in Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts and Math. More specifically, MGA Entertainment is a STEAM-based franchise that features super smart girls part of a super-secret (shhh) spy organization named NOV8. (Pronounced ‘innovate’!)
Here are some fun and family-friendly STEAM projects to get those little brains moving with exploration and creativity!
Sometimes, the things we think are the most basic are really the things that incite the most creativity and scientific exploration! We love this ‘pour a rainbow’ jar from Playdough to Plato. My little guy LOVES rainbows and he loves what he still calls ‘experience’ — code for concoctions in the name of science. This experiment is about the weights of different liquids, and shows kids a cool way to learn about it.
Holy fun! Kids love slime, and kids love magnets! This project from Frugal Fun 4 Boys combines them both, and teaches your kiddos about magnetic forces and different states of matter while letting them have an oozing good time!
My son loves crystals and geodes. I don’t know too many kids who don’t. We have so much fun growing crystals overnight. As your kids age, they can work on DIY Crystal Garden Landscapes because they require a bit more patience, but these overnighters are perfect for littles to grow and observe! Watch out for little fingers, as these can get sharp and are quite fragile, but be prepared to hear tons of “oohs and ahhhs” as they watch crystals form literally overnight!
Chances are, if you have a little STEAM enthusiast, you have a little Lego lover. I love that this project uses a Lego motor and Legos to create a spin art maker. Spin art happens to be one of my son’s favorite things to do, right along with Lego building, so it’s a great opportunity to combine his favorites into a project that makes beautiful art while teaching about inertia and centrifugal force.
Okay, so I admit I am a genetics fanatic! I find DNA and genetics so fascinating, and I love this lesson from Teach Beside Me. If you want to go through the whole lesson before, it’s fabulous, but if you want to just get into the DNA extraction, little scientists will love ‘dissecting’ an onion to learn all about it and how it came to be! Kids love examining stuff under microscopes, and they’ll dig the investigation!