These challenges turn household items into STEM kits!
There's no need to go to the store for a special STEM activity. Green Country STEM professionals and partners have created challenges to keep you safe at home while your mind travels to new places!
Using items found around the house, see if you can make a hand lens to look at the finer details of the items.
- 2 pencils
- Clear, thin material such as plastic wrap or packing tape
- Items to magnify
- Cup to hold water
Create a pattern using shapes, colors, and/or math!
- Pen or pencil
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
Create a parachute to slow down an egg as it falls!
- Trash bag or grocery bag
- 1 yard of tape
- 20 straws
- 1 rubber band
- 1 paper or plastic cup
- 4 yards of string
- 1 sandwich bag
- 1 egg
Build a straw-powered rocket!
- Notecard (optional)
- Measuring tool
Get ready for the City Nature Challenge by building your own perspective box to explore the biodiversity in your backyard.
- Cardboard or paper
- Any space outdoors
Learn about Archimedes, then create a tin foil boat!
- Aluminum foil
- Bowl or tub of water
- Items to weigh boat down (marbles, pennies, gravel)
Build a super glider out of old boxes!
- Cardboard box
- Tape or glue
Create new products and inventions!
- Box of items from around your house
Use purple cabbage to discover the pH of items in your kitchen!
- Purple cabbage
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda