Many students participated in our STEM Challenges throughout the year. We were impressed by their work and effort outside of classroom time. They visited museums, walked on nature trails, and conducted experiments. We are proud of the work.
Use your problem solving skills and reasoning to complete a Sudoku puzzle. You may be surprised at how completing a Sudoku puzzle will help strength your skills and confidence in solving math problems.
Would you like an engineering challenge? Try these activities.
*Design a Mars Parachute
*Build a Bridge
*Curious George Sailboat
*Curious George Pinwheel
*Electromagnetic Fishing Pole
For more activities, please visit: http://www.discovere.org/our-activities
Sesame Street has many engineering videos, activities, and games. You can try out these challenges:
*Let's Discover Engineering
*Engineer a Bridge
*Building a Dog House
*Construct a Car
For more videos and games, please go to:
If you think a game of Jenga is hard, watch this engineering challenge.
Engineering kits for kids can be expensive. These are many engineering creations that use inexpensive materials such as craft sticks, clothespins, and rubber bands. Enjoy these engineering challenges:
*Crash test car
For more fun activities, please go to: http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-Based-Engineering-for-Kids/
Do you like creating inventions that move? You can see how far your car or plane moves through the air. Have fun with these great activities.
*Hoop glider: Add paper hoops to a drinking straw. How far does it go? If you add three hoops, does it travel further than a straw with two hoops?
*Puff mobile: Design a car or boat that will travel. When you blow air, you create wind. The wind pushes against the car to make it move forward. See how far your creation travels.
*Egg bungee jump: Design a bungee jump that will prevent an egg from hitting the floor. Be sure to get your parent's permission before conducting this experiment.
Did you know that you can become an engineer by using items around your house? If you like building, you learn that a solid foundation to any structure is needed. Try these activities:
*Build a gumdrop dome: What has a more stable structure - triangles or squares?
*Paper tower: See how high you can build a tower with only two sheets of newspaper.
*Deck of cards: Stack cards that make a structure. See how high and wide you can build your creation.
Did you know that less than 1% of all the water on Earth can be used by people? The rest is salt water (the kind you find in the ocean) or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it, wash with it, or use it to water plants.
There are simple ways to save water such as:
*Turning off water while brushing your teeth can save up to eight gallons of water.
*If you take a shower, you use 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons.
*Use a bucket of water and a sponge if you wash a bike or car. A hose can waste 6 gallons per minute if you leave it running.
*To test your water sense knowledge, have fun playing a game at: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/kids/games.html
*Source: EPA WaterSense Kids
It is computer science education week. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the Hour of Code. Your child can learn more about computer science by completing tutorials on fun, coding projects. Some options include: writing a computer program, build an iPhone game, build an online game, and learning "Robot Vocabulary." You can even complete these challenges as well. For more information, please visit:
KES STEM Team
Our STEM Team includes teachers and parents.