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Cut the screen time while you #stayhomewithSTEM! TRSA is #alonetogether with families practicing social distancing by teaming up with local partners to bring STEM in a Bag kits to grab-and-go food distribution sites.

Can't make it to a site? No problem! Each kit is designed to use household materials. Browse the list below to find your next project!

Flying High

How does something as big as an airplane stay up in the air?

Materials

  • Paper
  • Umbrella, blanket, or similar large, lightweight object
  • 2 balloons
  • 2 pieces of string
  • Timer (optional)

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Water Filter

Design and create a water filter that will purify a polluted water sample so it's clear enough to read text through.

Materials

  • 16 oz. plastic water bottle
  • 2 clear plastic cups
  • Pitcher or bucket of polluted
    water.
  • Variety of materials to make a
    filter. Examples: coffee filter,
    paper towels, fabric, cotton
    balls, aquarium charcoal,
    marbles, etc.
  • Magazine, newspaper, or book
    that contains text of varying
    sizes
  • Rubber bands or tape (optional)
  • Paper and pencil

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Designing Tessellations

Create a piece of art using a tessellation pattern.

Materials

  • Index card
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sheet of paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers

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Storm Shelter

Construct a storm shelter prototype that can withstand Vidal Sassoon dryer force winds.

Materials

  • Hair dryer or fan
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Empty cereal box or cardboard
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap or bubble wrap
  • Other building materials (toothpicks, straws, string)
  • Pencil and paper

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Leaf Sort

Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Take a walk outside and see what you can find.

Materials

  • An area with trees
  • Tree ID field guide (optional)
  • Nature field guides (optional)
  • Bag to hold items (optional)
  • Notebook (optional)

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Fabricated Fossils

Create three trace fossils that represent a marine life organism, a plant organism, and a land  organism.

Materials

  • Baking dish, shoe box, large bowl, or other container
  • Spoon or craft stick for stirring
  • 3 objects to make imprints
  • Sediment: You can use Plaster of Paris and water or follow the attached recipe

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Fishing with Magnets

Can you guess what will stick to a magnet?

Materials

  • Magnet
  • Pencil or stick
  • String
  • Tape or glue
  • Simple household objects

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Hand Pollinators

Design, create and test a hand pollinator to transfer “pollen” from one “flower” to another.

Materials

  • 2 paper plates or sheets of paper
  • Powdery substance (pepper, baking soda, glitter, etc.)
  • Building materials (cotton balls, balloons, foam stickers, erasers, paper towels, aluminum foil, etc.)
  • Tape

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Hoop Glider

Learn about aerodynamics by constructing and flying a hoop glider.

Materials

  • Drinking straw
  • Index card
  • Tape
  • Scissors
Instrucciones en español

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