Join us for a FREE series of STEM activities and demonstrations you can do at home!

This live stream series is designed to help keep your youths’ hands busy and their mind active. Building mini catapults, creating hydraulic powered machines, and creating a tower make exploring the characteristics of levers, the application of Pascal’s law, and basic engineering concepts fun and hands-on. Although the learning starts on the computer, the project is meant to quickly spill over onto the kitchen table, living room floor, or in the garage.

These 30-minute events are meant to prime the focus and thinking of the participants, as well as introduce them to engineering and scientific principles. After the event is over is when the project is meant to begin. We provide a list of resources and continuing education material so youth can explore the lesson further at their own pace and in their own direction.

Our events are designed for youth in grades 6-9; however younger or older are welcome to join along! This is a great resource for parents teaching at home or educators wanting to supplement their distance learning with students. This opportunity is provided in conjunction with the Explore STEM @ Home Virtual Educational Program series.

How it Works!

  1. We have scheduled several times where we will go live on our Facebook page (Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence) and on this page for those without a Facebook account.
  2. During the live stream, we will share with you a STEM activity that you can do at home using common household supplies!
  3. Prior to each scheduled live stream time, we will post the supplies you will need to do the activities at home on this page and on the Facebook event page – Explore STEM @Home (FREE!).

Past Live Stream

Levers

MAY 29th | 4:00 pm

hydraulics

MAY 27th | 10:00 am

chemical Reactions

MAY 23rd | 4:00 pm

MAKING A MARBLE RUN

MAY 22nd | 10:00 am

Building Newspaper Structures

MAY 20th | 4:00 PM

Making a cereal box game

MAY 18TH | 10:00 aM

Preview #2 of STEM Activities

MAY 15TH | 4:00 PM

Preview #1 of STEM Activities

May 12th | 3:00 PM

Schedule of Activities & Supplies

Making a Cereal Box Game

Monday, May 18th | 10:00-10:30 AM

Tired of not being able to play or watch your favorite sports? Create your own sports game with a cereal box. Learn about the engineering and scientific principles that go into developing and supporting the games you love to watch.

SUPPLIES
  • Cereal box or similar size
  • BBQ Skewers
  • 4 straws
  • Masking tape
  • Crayons or Markers or colored pencils
  • 3″-4″ strip of tin foil

Tower Building with Newspaper

Wednesday, May 20th | 4:00-4:30 PM

The Sunday newspaper is for more than just the comic section. Using some basic engineering concepts, newspaper can be made into many useful items such as chairs and bridges. Tune in to find out the secrets that engineering can uncover.

SUPPLIES
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Fan
  • The more paper and tape you have the larger and more elaborate your structure can be!

Herb Gardens and the Supply Chain

Thursday, May 21st | 11:00-11:30 AM

Mini-Rube Goldberg in a Box

Friday, May 22 | 10:00-10:30 AM

Once again we use breakfast as inspiration as we create marble run machines. Keeping a ball rolling sounds simple enough, but how long can you make the fun last?

SUPPLIES
  • Cereal box or similar size
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Masking tape
  • Marble or round ball
  • Optional – craft sticks and hot glue gun

Chemical Reactions

Saturday, May 23rd | 4:00-4:30 PM

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble. Although we won’t be using any fire, we will still be exploring fun simple chemical reactions. What kind of fun will you have with vinegar and baking soda?

SUPPLIES
  • 150 Ml of vinegar 1.5 Tsp Baking soda
  • The more vinegar and baking soda the more fun you will have!
  • Soda Bottle (20 oz or smaller)
  • A balloon to fit over the top of the bottle
  • String ~12 in.
  • Marker

Making Remote Control Vehicles with Pneumatics

Wednesday, May 27th | 10:00-10:30 AM

Performing simple tasks such as lifting an elevator to launching airplanes into the sky; hydraulics have many practical uses. Here we will take time to enjoy some fun and not so practical uses by building a crane arm out of cardboard.

SUPPLIES
  • Cardboard (thick)
  • Toothpicks
  • Glue
  • Scissors to cut thick cardboard

TBD (Agriculture)

Thursday, May 28th | 11:00-11:30 AM

Building Catapults with Levers

Friday, May 29th | 4:00-4:30 PM

Archimedes once stated that if you gave him only a lever he could mover the world. We will explore how he came across this theory through the construction of catapults.

SUPPLIES
  • Craft Sticks
  • Rubber Bands
  • Plastic spoon
  • 12″ length of tin foil

4 Ways to Win!

By doing any of the below, you have a chance to win a prize. The more you share and post, the more chances you have to win!

  1. Share Explore STEM @Home (FREE!) event on Facebook.
  2. Share any of the Explore STEM @Home (FREE!) live videos or posts on Facebook.
  3. Post a picture or video in the comments section of an activity on Facebook, sharing what you did!
  4. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can submit your video or picture HERE and be entered to win.

Want More?!

If you enjoy these activities, check out our Explore STEM @Home Programs.

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