Top Five Summer STEM Activities For Kids and Families
Looking for some fun summer STEM activities? Don’t be bored at home this summer! Here are some of my favorite ideas to have fun with your kids while keeping them active, engaged, and exploring in STEM all summer long:
Museums and Libraries
Your local libraries and museums are a great resource. Many offer summer programs for kids to keep them engaged over the summer and prevent learning loss. Also, many libraries partner with local museums, nonprofits, and businesses to offer deep discounts and even free passes to fun and educational adventures! For example, even my smaller hometown library here in CT has free museum passes to five of the best children’s museums in the state! Definitely worth checking out.
Online Summer STEM Programs
Summer schedules are often jam-packed between vacations, sports, family gatherings, etc. And as parents it can be difficult to coordinate transportation for on-site programs for your children. Fortunately, there is an increasing amount of online summer STEM programs for kids, like this 100% online STEM Career Explorers summer camp. Online STEM summer camps often feature both online and offline activities where students collaborate on activities, experiments, projects, and much more. As added bonuses, online summer camps are often much more affordable than traditional on-site summer camps, feature many options to customize the learning experience to adapt to your student’s interests, and offer the utmost in flexibility and convenience!
Make a Makerspace
No special equipment necessary! Simply throw household scraps (tin foil, yarn, plastic bags, old clothes, etc.) into a box and get making! Click here to read my makerspace-in-a-box recipe for more ideas. Also, many libraries and education nonprofits are developing makerspaces that are free and open to the community. Check google to see if there are any makerspaces near you. But to me, the most fun happens at home!
See the world..from home! From outer space to the rainforest and everything in between, virtual field trips allow you to explore the world, all from the comfort of home! In virtual field trips, students take online tours of some of the most amazing places on earth. Virtual field trips are perfect for those rainy summer days, or when it is simply too hot to go outside. Need to cool down? Explore Antarctica with PolarHusky, visit a new country each day with Global Trek, explore the Museum of Natural History, and see the Seven Wonders of the World! No crowds, no lines, no driving or flying, and no money required!
There are thousands of ways that you are literally surrounded by science. Work as a civil engineer to build a giant sandcastle, look for bugs under rocks, figure out why boats float, learn what sweat is made of – the possibilities are endless! Use your imagination and try seeing your world through the lens of science. There is so much to learn and discover! Also, summer is a perfect time to get involved in citizen science projects. In citizen science, you work as a real scientist to observe and collect data within your local area. That data is then used by actual scientists as part of their research! Talk about putting your summer break to good use. Citizen science can also be a great resume booster for high school students. See my favorite citizen science projects to get started with this summer here.
Top Five Summer STEM Ideas For Kids and Families
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