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!
How does something as big as an airplane stay up in the air?
- Umbrella, blanket, or similar large, lightweight object
- 2 balloons
- 2 pieces of string
- Timer (optional)
Design and create a water filter that will purify a polluted water sample so it's clear enough to read text through.
- 16 oz. plastic water bottle
- 2 clear plastic cups
- Pitcher or bucket of polluted
- Variety of materials to make a
filter. Examples: coffee filter,
paper towels, fabric, cotton
balls, aquarium charcoal,
- Magazine, newspaper, or book
that contains text of varying
- Rubber bands or tape (optional)
- Paper and pencil
Create a piece of art using a tessellation pattern.
- Index card
- Sheet of paper
- Pen or pencil
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
Construct a storm shelter prototype that can withstand Vidal Sassoon dryer force winds.
- Hair dryer or fan
- Empty cereal box or cardboard
- Plastic wrap or bubble wrap
- Other building materials (toothpicks, straws, string)
- Pencil and paper
Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Take a walk outside and see what you can find.
- An area with trees
- Tree ID field guide (optional)
- Nature field guides (optional)
- Bag to hold items (optional)
- Notebook (optional)
Create three trace fossils that represent a marine life organism, a plant organism, and a land organism.
- 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
Fishing with Magnets
Can you guess what will stick to a magnet?
- Pencil or stick
- Tape or glue
- Simple household objects
Design, create and test a hand pollinator to transfer “pollen” from one “flower” to another.
- 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.)