Whether you’re traveling across the country or driving to the grocery store, you can turn your road trip into an opportunity for STEM!
Try some of these activities:
- Before pumping gas, ask your child to predict how many gallons of gasoline it will take to fill up the tank.
- Plan a trip budget! Including gas, meals and entry fees. When you’re finished, compare the budget to actual costs.
- Guess how long it takes to get to your destination. At the end of the trip, see who in your family comes the closest and why.
- Pay attention to which direction you’re traveling. How can you tell if you’re going north, south, east, or west?
- Add up the numbers on street signs and license plates. For an added challenge, pick a goal number for your trip! See how you can add, subtract, multiply, or divide the numbers you see to reach your goal.
- Take a geometry scavenger hunt while you are driving. Can you find triangles, squares, circles, rectangles, hexagons, or ellipses?
- Try to find patterns in street names as you drive across town, and predict what the next street name will be.
- Have each person in the car choose a color, and see how many cars of that color you can find on your trip. The person with the most wins!
- Do a bio-index of your trip by counting how many animals and birds you see. As you go, take note of areas where you see the most of each. Remember to ask, “Why?”
Keep an eye out, and you can turn every day into an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math! What other activities can you come up with?