Home Activity: Squishy Circuits

squishy_circuitSquishy Circuits was a STEM Night crowd favorite – everyone from preschoolers to parents enjoyed playing with this easy-to-do circuitry. Everyone learned how electricity and currents work by creating and testing circuits with a play dough-like material.

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The Family Tower Building Challenge

The Family Tower Building Challenge was the grand finale at a recent STEM event where 20+ teams of 4 people built the tallest tower they could in 6 minutes. It was an exciting contest as teams constructed towers out of 5 sheets of paper, 4 popsicle sticks, 3 straws, 3 feet of masking tape, and a pipe cleaner. The tallest tower reached 68 inches and won a prize of 6 deluxe museum tickets.

Although gathering 20 to 30 teams in your home might be unrealistic, you can create the same excitement and energy with your family. Gather a few supplies: Continue reading “The Family Tower Building Challenge”

Using a Digital Microscope

By Alexa (age 9, @KNEstemGirls)

Butterfly WingI just got a microscope! It’s super cool.

The microscope that we have looks like a cylinder with a round back and a light in the front. It comes with a stand and a ruler. It also has a magnification indicator. Unlike traditional microscopes, our digital microscope doesn’t have an eyepiece. Continue reading “Using a Digital Microscope”

Coding for Kids

Most people have heard about the important and almost urgent need to get children more engaged in STEM and more specifically computer programming, but why is it so critical? Computers and technology are everywhere and part of our everyday lives. In fact, 67% of software jobs are outside the technology industry in traditionally non-technology fields like entertainment, retail, government, and even agriculture. Continue reading “Coding for Kids”

Want to take over the world? Learn to Code

by Erika (age 12, @KNEstemGirls)

Eventually, the world will be based on computers and technology. We might have robot nannies and more efficient, less annoying Siris. Apple will grow and have more apps and programs. TVs will be voice-controlled and know your favorite channels. And all of it will all be based on computer code. Continue reading “Want to take over the world? Learn to Code”

How I learned to code

by Alexa (age 9, @KNEstemGirls)

Color Coaster Game (by me!)

A few months ago, I didn’t know how to code, but I just finished creating my 8th mini-game (I’m working on my 9th).

I learned to code from code.org, Scratch, and particularly Tynker. On Tynker, there are different coding games. My favorite is Debugger. In Debugger, you go on an adventure and debug the system to complete puzzles. Continue reading “How I learned to code”

3D Print Your Own Creation

You can now 3D print just about anything you can imagine and design – even if you don’t own a 3D printer!

Our family is fascinated by 3D printing. Over the past few years, it has increased in popularity and become more common and mainstream. Even our schools have added 3D printers as part of their science and technology programs. Continue reading “3D Print Your Own Creation”

Girl Scout Rocket Launch at the Cradle of Aviation

Our 8-year-old daughter eagerly pulled the cord to launch her water rocket. Whoosh! And then… oops. The rocket launched so explosively that the (mostly decorative) tail fins gently floated to the ground as the rocket shot up above the roof of the museum.

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