Keep reading about quick and easy STEM activities for elementary school students. At first what does STEM mean? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and the STEM curriculum is based on combining those four fields and applying them together instead of teaching them separately. It is a very interesting topic and now Insider Monkey has published an article about it.
We all now that it is not easy to get children interested in certain things especially when it comes to school. Even if you manage to engage them in science activities, their attention usually doesn’t last too long. It’s natural for children to get bored quickly because there are so many things they wish to do. There are, however, children who truly enjoy maths, technology, and science, and if you notice they are very good at something, then don’t give up just yet. We believe that children like exploring and enjoying hands-on projects, and that is something we need to pay more attention to. We are also aware of how difficult it is for parents and teachers to engage children in different activities. But sometimes we also don’t give kids enough credit. The best way to arouse interest in them for STEM education and activities is to give the children a problem to solve.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two items from their list. Color fireworks is the first one. For this activity, you already have all the things you need in your kitchen. You need water, oil, and food coloring to make fireworks in a jar. Fill 3/4of the jar with warm water. In a separate bowl, mix 3 or 4 tablespoons of oil with several drops of different colors. Gently mix the oil and colors and then slowly pour into the jar. Since oil is less dense than water, colors from oil will sink and then start to mix with other colors creating wonderful fireworks of colors. Water cycle is also a great idea. This activity is very easy and does not require any special materials. You will need a plastic sandwich bag, blue food coloring, and some water. Pour a few drops of food coloring into the small measuring cup with ¼ of water. Pour the water in the bag and seal it. Use the tape to attach the bag to the window and observe. Water will evaporate, then turn liquid again once it is cooled.
For any further useful tips read Insider Monkey’s article about 10 quick and easy STEM activities for elementary school students.