STEM Programs and Field Trips

STEM Programs for Kids and STEM Field Trips

Our STEM enrichment program for kids introduces basic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math experiments to grammar schools for field trips and group outings.

This Children’s STEM program features age-appropriate projects that associate with each of the four letters of STEM.

Each project has been carefully chosen to be engaging to the corresponding age group, at the end of each experiment the group will think critically and discuss with the instructor on why these specific actions happened and relay it to real-world occurrences.

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Pre-K Through 1St Grade

Stack the Cat’s hat

An introduction to the concept of gravity, participants will stack on cup onto another with each one balanced on a piece of construction paper. Hats can vary in height depending on the method used to stack them on top of the other one. Critical thinking skills are used to properly distribute the weight of the tower. At the end of the experiment, everyone will reflect on what role gravity played in making their experiment a success.

EXPLORING COLORS WITH BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR

This is an observational exercise that witnesses the chemical change when Baking Soda and Vinegar are combined in a foil tray. With added food coloring and the chemical compound underway, the bubbles formed from the mixture will be a variety of colors. Questions like “Why does this reaction happen?” and “What is in these two ingredients that cause the pockets of air bubbles?”

Foam Blocks and Shaving Cream Towers

For this exercise, students will be asked to build towers using shaving cream and foam blocks. To create a solid structure will you need to use a little shaving cream or a lot and if shaving cream is a good adhesive to keep the tower together. This builds both their sensory and their fine motor skills along with using their materials sparingly.

SHAVING CREAM RAIN CLOUDS

This breaks down what makes rainfall from clouds, what are the different type of clouds, and which ones are best for holding the most water? Using clear cups, shaving cream, and food coloring to simulate the water droplets allocating in the clouds.

2nd Grade Through 4th Grade

Straw Rockets

In an attempt to build your own rocket, students will design and decorate their own makeshift rocket. Using Newton’s Second Law Force = Mass x Acceleration to see which rocket can go the furthest. Each rocket will be tested with each individual rocket launched at the end of a straw, between each test will allow for the addition and subtraction of new components on the rocket. This trial and error will open up new learning opportunities as the dynamics after the rocket is altered.

Capillary Action

This will help learn about how liquids travel through different materials like a tube or a piece of fabric. Using what we know about water molecules, we apply it to predict the behavior of water as it travels from one body of water to another. Seven glasses are labeled and placed next to one another. Folded paper towels are used as bridges between the glasses with each glass filled with food coloring. The water will soak its way through the paper towel between the beakers and create new colors along the way.

Building Boats

Using the materials given to them, each child will have an opportunity to build their own boat. First and foremost, they need to build a boat that can sustain itself above the water, it’s literally sink or swim for this experiment. Once each participant has built their boat, they will be pitted against each other in a race to see which can make it furthest and fastest. How much will weight and gravity come into play when it comes to making the best boat of the bunch?  Pennies and paperclips will be used as the weight, each builder needs to decide how much weight is best to build the strongest boat.

GUMDROP STRUCTURES

Engineering is highlighted as students make three different shapes using only ten gumdrops and ten toothpicks. Using the knowledge given to them by our instructors, our engineers will have to build structures that will be able to handle the weight brought on by a piece of paper up to the weight of a book. The height and width of each structure are to be recorded on a worksheet with a short explanation on why they think each structure could or couldn’t sustain the weight of the objects placed on top of it.

RAINBOW JARS

A test to see how the different weights of different liquids react when mixed together. We will learn why certain liquids don’t mix with others along with which liquids hold more weight than the others. The various liquids will range from honey, rubbing alcohol, olive oil, and dish soap. Once all these liquids are together, they will create a solution that won’t look too different from a rainbow.

6th Grade Through 8th Grade

Robotic HAND

Using their own hand as a mold, each student will trace their own hands on a sheet of paper. They will then cut out their hands and then use straws as the makeshift joints for the hand. Yarn will be threaded through through the straws with each finger getting its own color-coordinated string. Each piece of yarn needs to be tied to prevent any loose ends.