I am so excited about this year’s plan because we are starting out with STEAM the center of our minds! Yesterday was our first day of our co-op, and I’m teaching an upper elementary-level STEAM Challenge class. Besides that, today is the day that the book STEAM Kids comes out, a fantastic book full of gorgeous and creative ways to implement science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into your homeschool, home, or classroom days.
My STE(A)M Challenge Class
Since I teach at a co-op, I only meet with my little STE(A)M-ers once a week. for that reason, my class is going to focus on activities in the STEAM categories. Kids can do more creative projects and writing at home and bring it in for extra STEM Bucks (our classroom monetary system) too!
I knew the class was starting soon, so I’ve been saving up supplies throughout the summer! I also hit the dollar store for more supplies. Here’s what is in my crazy bag. I’m probably forgetting something, but here was our starting list!
- plastic bags
- tissue paper
- brown paper bags
- coffee filters
- foam sheets
- toilet paper and towel tubes
- binder clips
- rubber bands
- masking tape
- scotch tape
- egg cartons
For our first week, we made parachutes (more about this in a second). We just went right into it. In future weeks, we’ll learn some vocabulary and science concepts that may help us in our designs, but for yesterday, it was simply create and have fun day!
Future plans include some of the following:
- Lemonade Stand math game
- Mini-golf course hole design
- Building a bridge for an elephant
- Experimenting and building with apples
- STEM Valentines: Coding Introduction
- Paper Airplane Challenge
- Build a bird’s nest
- Make a pulley
- Code your way out of a maze
- Make your name in binary
- Tap a message to a friend in Morse Code
- And many more!
Our co-op runs through April. I can’t wait to share some of these successes with all of you!
The STEAM Kids Release Celebration
I can always use more STEAM ideas. I mentioned before on this blog that science makes me nervous. Putting things in terms of STEM or STEAM, though, eases my mind. There are no right or wrong answers, for the most part, when we are experimenting and creating. I am so excited that I can be a part of the STEAM Kids Launch celebration.
Besides being just what I needed as I start off a co-op STEM Class, STEAM Kids is absolutely stunning. Full color, gorgeous photographs keep our attention.
Like any good STEAM book, STEAM Kids lists the supplies needed. They show in words and picture how to do the projects. But as the images prove, there are many successful ways to do all of these projects. This is just the stepping stone to a successful STEAM program at home or at school.
The STEAM Kids tag line is as follows:
STEAM Kids was created to help you inspire your children to:
question like a scientist
design like a technologist
build like an engineer
create like an artist
deduce like a mathematician
– and –
play like a kid.
I’m so excited because that is just what we’ll be doing this year in our homeschool class! We started with the parachute challenge (page 19) and we’re definitely doing the diaper science soon (page 92).
Book Formats & Pricing:
Pdf download: $14.99
Print (Amazon): $24.99 and Kindle (Amazon): $9.99
With STEAM, there is not a wrong way to do things! It’s about trying, retrying, learning, rebuilding, improving, and creating. I love how STEAM Kids helps us do so.
Other STEAM Posts on Line upon Line Learning
I’ve written about STEAM themes so many times before. See some of the posts below.
- Coral Reef Game
- Review Area and Perimeter with a Flower Garden Plan
- Learning about Biomes Game Cards
- Rain Water Cycle Activity
- Clouds! Weekly Tracker
- Reviewing Fractions
- Outdoor Arrays for Multiplication Practice
- Baseball Multiplication Game with Ten-Sided Dice
- Making Multiplication Review Fun: Multiplication Product SPLAT (Freebie included)
- Fun Games for Your Homeschool and What They Teach
- Integrating STEM into Our Elementary Homeschool
- STEM Challenge: Build a Bedroom Model with LEGO Bricks
- The Play Dough Way to Learn about Core Sampling
Note: I am an affiliate of STEAM Kids.