It’s so cold here in the States and with the return of school after winter break, it is easy to get the blahs. Don’t do it. I have 7 great winter STEM activities to get the most resistant learner (and adult) on board.
“The trick to this experiment is super-cooled water. You’re catching the water when it is cold enough to freeze, but hasn’t quite frozen yet.” Colleen from Raising Lifelong Learners gives you the instructions and science behind this super cool project (pun intended)
Explore earth rotation, gravity, and the laws of motion in this fun art activity. Create a pendulum painting using the forces acting on the earth to create the movement that results in this newest work of art. You could add food coloring to salt water and do this outside in the snow.
Compare snow and rainfall with the use of some snow, a bucket, thermometers, and a little math to analyze the results. Make ratios hands on and let kids play in the snow.
Use everyday items to explore physics and have more than a little fun. This could even have more of a winter twist by having the orange wrecking ball knocking down an ice wall.
This is an explanation of the relationship between salt, water, and freezing points. This is a jumping off point for lots exploring by simply putting salt on ice to making different concentrations of salt water and attempting to make ice cubes. It is really up to you to decide how much exploring the kids can do.
“These snowflake crystals are also great if you live in a warmer climate that doesn’t see much real snow or if you just want to make some fun decorations!” This is a great lesson on supersatured solutions and chemistry of crystal formation.
Answer the question and explore for yourself. Ideas that include ice skating to ice cubes to explore the ideas of friction and states of matter.
Don’t let the winter blues turn into boredom
This is 7 hands-on ideas to beat the winter doldrums and get kids doing STEM.