STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. It is exploratory and process based, and at MAX we like for STEAM to be pretty hands on. What better time to get out exploring than when the sun coaxes us outdoors (where there is more room to get messy) and the earth is full of scientific evidence to observe?!
Here are some spring STEAM activities to put on your fam’s to do list;
- Parachuters- Using a coffee filter as your parachute, attach one half of your leftover plastic easter eggs as a basket, and load in different cargo- lego people, coins, nuts, seeds. Let em fly from a balcony or deck and see which floats or falls best! Ask yourself what forces are at play? Gravity…weight…etc.
- Recycled Plastic Flowers- Next time you have some disposable plastic cups left over around the house, cut slits around the sides of the cup, color with sharpies, put it in the oven at 350 for 2-3 mins, and you have a beautiful piece of flower art instead of an addition to your trash can .
- Slug races- Set up the ultimate slug race by covering a few gummy worms in mayonnaise, some in olive oil, some in jelly and finally a few in water. Test each coating by setting up your gummi at the top on an incline and see which substance carries your candy slugs farthest! Then do your homework and learn about the amazing qualities actual slug slime has!
STEAM skills make responsible, critical thinking, resource aware care takers of the earth, Grab your magnifying glasses, and make the most of the resources and wonders nature supplies!