Did you know that you can use your computer to track the International Space Station? You can see how many airplanes are in the sky at one time. Search these websites with your parent's permission.
*Track the International Space Station - The ISS travels at 17,500 miles per hour. So if you see the ISS above North Carolina on the website, it will be gone before you get outside.
*Track real time air traffic - This website tracks over 9,000 flights. If your grandparents or family members are coming to visit, you can enter their flight information and track their travel until they get to you.
*Weather Radar tracking: You can track our weather with the radar. The different colors represent different weather patterns (green for rain, etc.).
*Traffic camera: You can even track the traffic throughout the day. If we get icing or flooding, you can see if your travel route will be safe.
Parents, would you like to get rid of some candy around the house? Try combining science with candy. Here are some fun experiments:
*Candy Bar density experiment
*Pop Rocks & nerds: Inflate a balloon
*Dancing gummy worms
*Dissolving candy canes
*Kool Aid rock candy
*Gummy Bear DNA
*Gummy Bears growing or disappearing
*Disappearing Cotton Candy
*Make your own slushie
*Make your own ice cream
*Make your own sherbet
There are many more experiments. You can type in "candy science experiments" on Pinterest or a search engine for more ideas.
Did you know that you can observe airplanes taking off and landing at the Raleigh Durham Airport? There is a RDU observation deck. You can hear communication between the pilots and the tower. Kids can also spend time at the playground or picnic area. There are also educational materials to learn more about aviation. For more information, please go to:
There are so many fun, LEGO math activities and games. Students can learn to sort colors or create patterns. Older kids can reinforce their confidence and skills with addition, subtraction, multiplication, measurement, graphing, fractions, etc.
Here is a link for free LEGO printables that can be used for games and activities: http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/free-lego-printables-lego-learning/
Here is a website that explains the process of combining math with LEGOs: http://www.milkandcookiesblog.com/lego-math-for-elementary-school/
Did you know that you can create art with magnets and paint? Experiment with magnets. What objects are attracted to magnets? What objects do not work with magnets? Make some fun patterns and art.
Enjoy this fun activity!
Try to build a catapult. There are several versions that you can build based on household items you find. Measure the distance that your object will land from the catapult. See how weight makes a difference.
Have fun, take pictures, and turn it in at the beginning of the school year for STEM credit.
One fun activity is to create your own magazine or newspaper. Write about what you are interested in or a family vacation. You can write about your favorite sports team or movie. Get your parent's permission to download a template and have fun creating your own newspaper.
*Create a free newspaper: http://newspapertemplate.net/ You can type out your stories and insert images into the newspaper.
If you do not want to download a template, you can print the blank, newspaper templates below:
*Younger kids: Template
*Older students: Template
Students can also enjoy making their own template.
Are your kids curious about the weather? There are some great experiments that will help them understand what factors may affect how weather patterns develop or play out. Have fun with these experiments:
*Cloud in a Jar
Parks are a great destination for families. Kids can explore nature. Try a nature scavenger hunt. See which family member can complete the activity first. You can also work in teams: Parents versus kids. Who will win?
Kids love water balloons. Let them measure how far they can throw their balloon. Let them measure the dimensions of the water splatter pattern.
Younger kids can throw balloons in color patterns. They can throw balloons from smallest to biggest.
Older kids can throw five balloons and measure the distance thrown. They can figure out the average throw.
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