A child inspired by any STEM project will never stop at a single activity and will always become a young explorer who will ask questions and research things in a way that will be both unique and creative. As springtime finally arrives and the sunbeams are shining upon the happy faces of youngsters, it is high time to think about additional Spring STEM activities that will keep everyone inspired, fit, and happy. Just think about all the things that emerge with the coming of Spring such as new plants, animals, weather changes, flowers, and the physical processes that we are yet to learn!
Science. The scientific part might be one of the most interesting aspects for children since one may be able to start with the exploration of the color theories with the help of a rainbow, weather science technologies, and garden experiments, which can start with your kids growing plants and learning more about soils. You can start with a diary for every child to write down the changes and facts they observe.
Technology. Since the majority of youngsters are eager to implement all sides of technology, you can start with weather prediction by focusing on Geography and Environmental Science basics. Explain what tools are helpful to grow some plants and explore your seeds with the help of a microscope and basic water-based experiments. You can also start with light refraction and the work of sunlight, which will help your children see what processes are involved.
Engineering. This part relates to more complex aspects of STEM education. You can start with the study of soil erosion while being outside by showing certain examples. Moreover, you can explain the basics of plate tectonics, talk about how the weather changes affect the buildings and the plants, and how one can protect animals from sudden weather changes. Since it will also include manual work, it will help to improve your kids’ tactile skills and accuracy as you can build the graphs and construct various engineering blocks that help to explain the transition from winter to Spring.
Math. Of course, the calculations are quite useful for the Math part! It is used when you plan to predict the weather and figure out the plant yield or the amount of water that will be required to keep everything watered. You can also use various Spring themes and graphics as you work with the regular math problems. Always keep your kids inspired and let them continue with the calculations as they learn things outside.
Writing skills and logic. When you are dealing with springtime, you can ask your children to write down their feelings and impressions and use logic as they compose their reflection papers. As your child tries to start with the description of growing seeds indoors or talks about the rainbow effect, one must focus on various writing styles. Check out Subjecto, subjecto.com/essay-samples, for inspiration to see the different Spring topics or the ways of how to keep your children inspired. You can provide your youngsters with ideas that will boost their creativity.
Come up with inspiring STEM challenges everywhere
Do not forget that STEM learning is not only limited to a certain topic as you are dealing with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Think about ways you can explain and solve real-world challenges as they are discussed at home or in the classroom. You can ask your children to come up with creative questions as they discuss the weather or explore your Spring garden or a land plot. It must be inquiry-based with the exploration and explanation being the focus of any activity. This will help your young learners stay attentive and be inspired all of the time as they become creative researchers who lead the way!
Kristin likes to explore the ways how one can keep children and parents inspired as they engage in creative activities. As a researcher, she loves adding some simple science to her posts to help young learners. Follow Kristin to learn something new each day and explore some bright ideas, facebook.com/kristin.savage.520.
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