STEM Camp (Pre-School) - DAY 1, Monday

Welcome to STEM camp!

This week we will be exploring many different aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math! Please check back on the blog each day for a new posting with more activities, videos, and games for your child to explore. You can also find the video directions for the daily experiment posted here. Enjoy, and remember, science is all about thinking, discovering, and making mistakes!

Some activities may be challenging for little hands, and your child might need help with the experiments in this week's mystery box. Look for green text on the posts below for some ideas on how to differentiate the activity if it is too challenging for your child, or ideas for extensions or questions to ask. Enjoy!

Here is our Zoom meeting link:

Today is Monday, August 17.

The resources for today are posted below.

Looking for a quick and easy experiment to get your science brain going? Try this one out and see your stick-person drawing come to life!

Note for grownups: You may need to help gently tilt the water towards the drawing, but your child can draw the design, even a squiggle or a circle will do!

Before you pour the water, ask your child to look at the drawing and tell you if it is moving or staying still. After you pour in the water and the image begins to float, ask the same question again. You can try blowing on the surface of the water to help it wiggle around.

Questions to ask:

  • What is happening?

  • Would this work with another liquid or a different type of drawing utensil?

  • Why does the drawing stay on top of the water instead of going to the bottom?

Explore some of the foundational concepts of STEM with these short and easy-to-understand videos from Sesame Street.

They really do an awesome job explaining big concepts in ways that are easy to grasp.

Choose a concept from the menu of images, then watch the video below.

Try clicking on the ice cube to watch a video about the properties of matter! This will tie in great with the activity below about states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas!

Click this link or the image below to go to the main page and choose your videos.

States of Matter Activity: Solid, Liquid, Gas

Click the file below to open the pdf document with directions

Solid Liquid Gas
Download PDF • 264KB

Engineering is a big part of STEM. But what does an engineer do? Watch to find out.

Questions to ask:

  • What do you do when you have a problem?

  • What do engineers do when they have a problem?

  • Would you like to be an Engineer? Why or why not?

Try out this awesome free game called Tami's Tower to learn about engineering, geometric shapes, balance, and more!

Click this link or the image below, then click the yellow button that says Play This Game once the page loads.

This game is also available on mobile devices in the app store. If you'd prefer an offline activity, try using blocks to build towers of different heights! You can try to build a tower tall enough to reach the seat of a chair, the windowsill, or the next step on the staircase. Try stomping your feet next to the tower to see if it falls down, and practice stacking in a way that creates a solid, strong base! Talk about how engineers need to build strong towers that don't fall down.

Watch this video to see Ms. Julia explain how to set up your Sensory Jar for STEM week:

You will need:

  • Your sensory jar bag from the mystery box

  • A clear, empty plastic bottle with a cap (from home)

Please supervise your child carefully as many of these items are small and could be a choking hazard. You may want to glue the cap of the bottle on when you are done for extra security.

Today's experiment is sinking and floating and engineering a boat! Watch the video for directions.

You will need:

  • Your sink and float bag

  • Your boat building bag

  • Mystery box filled halfway with water

  • Your STEM notebook

The STEM notebook your child got in their mystery box has been adapted for pre-school age (so it might look different than the one I have in my video) but if your child is not interested in using it, it's not necessary. You can model how to use the notebook for your child and do the writing for them, use it as a reference for questions to ask your child during the activity or put it aside altogether.

Try reminding your child of the sink and float experiment during other times in the day, like bath time or when you are washing dishes! Ask them to predict if items around your home will sink or float, then test them out!

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