Spring break is around the corner, and many families are opting for a staycation this year. If you’re looking for fun and educational activities to do at home, consider trying out some STEM-based activities with your kids.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and these activities can be both educational and entertaining.
Create a Nature Journal
Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center has several trails and exhibits that showcase the natural beauty of Iowa. You can create a nature journal where you document your observations, sketches, and thoughts about the plants and animals you see on your walks. This can be a fun and creative way to learn more about your local ecosystem.
Build a Birdhouse Together
Indian Creek Nature Center is a non-profit organization that offers educational programs and resources to promote conservation and sustainable living. They have several interactive exhibits and trails for visitors to explore. After learning about the different bird species and their habitats at the nature center, you can build a birdhouse using simple materials like wood, nails, and glue. You can find instructions and templates online or purchase a kit from a local arts and crafts store.
If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your kids, consider attending the upcoming CoderDojo event on Saturday, March 18th, from 1 to 3 pm. This event is free and open to all families, and it includes several STEM-based stations where you can learn about programming, robotics, and more.
One of the highlights of the event is the StarLab portable observatory, which features constellations, planets, and a knowledgeable mentor, Heidi Haney, from The Curiosity Path.
Whether you visit Indian Creek Nature Center or Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center or attend the upcoming CoderDojo event, you can have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. So, gather your family, put on your thinking caps, and get ready to explore the fascinating world of STEM.