What do you do for your students for Valentine's Day? Here is a fun way to give a STEM Valentine's Day card to your students or children -- crack a code! My STEM Challenge class loved trying to figure the codes out. My preschooler enjoyed matching the symbols to the letters (although she could not read the final result) to practice her letters. These STEM Valentines are not too difficult, but they hold plenty of fun as they introduce the concept of codes to a class.
I've made four different cards. You can print four to a page, cut them out, and pass them to the class to enjoy.
Coding is an important part of understanding mathematics and technology. As such, it is an integral part of STEM. In computing, coding is the input of a sequence of signals that are then transferred into instructions for a computer. When one understands how computing works, one can begin to break problems down into the various steps needed to solve it.
Obviously, my simple Coding STEM Valentines won't teach kids computer programming. But, by introducing them to the concept that a symbol represents something else, it is a nice start to understand this basic concept for even the youngest STEM learners! See more about why coding is a part of STEM and why you should teach coding.
These four cards should be a lot of fun come Valentine's Day!
Free STEM "Crack-the-code" Valentines
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More Valentine's Day STEM Ideas
Here's are some more around-the-web Valentine's Day activities you may enjoy!
- STEAM Kids: Valentine's Day ebook from the STEAM Kids team
- Subtraction Hearts: Subtraction activities from me (Line upon Line Learning!)
- Love Potions Sensory Bin from Happy Toddler Play Time
- LEGO Heart Valentines from Steamsational
- Heart LEGO Maze from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
- 3-Dimensional Heart from Craft Play Learn
- Floating Hearts Dry-Erase Marker Experiment from Active Littles
- Squishy Circuits Light-Up Heart from Steamsational