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Your Top 5 coolest low tech STEM activities

The subject line says it all!!  Looking for low tech ideas for a wide range of ages working together.  Thanks in advance and happy spring!

Joshua Blum
Joshua Blum
55 Activity Points

I've made Puff Mobiles with my students. They are very easy to make. I cut out card stock for the body of the car and have the students design a sail made out of construction paper. This year I'm having them make the body of the car out of egg cartons. I then help them hot glue straws on the bottom of the card stock. They then use mint Life savors as the wheels and put tape on the outside of the wheel (it can't be taped to the wheel..just enough so that the wheel doesn't fall off the straw. . They then tape their sail on the top. It's a great force and motion..and wheel and axle lesson for them. The point is to blow on the sail to make the cars move. We've had races outside and had a blast!  I teach 3rd grade. It's always a fun lesson to do.

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Brenda Velasco
Brenda Velasco
2140 Activity Points

Great for force and motion!

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
938 Activity Points

Hello! I recently had my students create boats that had to be able to float as well as support weight as an activity at the end of a lesson about buoyancy. I paired them up and gave each group two foam cups, 2 plastic straws, and one square foot of foil, pastic wrap, and wax paper. I also gave each group 1 foot of masking tape. They did not have to use all of the supplies either. They were allowed to use scissors to cut their materials, but no other supplies. They did ask if they could use glue if they ran out of tape, but part of the challenge was having only the supplies available, so they were not able to use the glue. I gave them 15 minutes to design and build their boats. Then, each team tested their boat by placing it in a tub of water and placing pennies on the boat. Students added pennies to the boats until they eiher sunk or started taking on water. After we found out which boat supported the most pennies, that group shared how they created their boat, and the students had to discuss why this particular boat may have been able to support the most weight. Then we related this to materials that real boats are made out of and why boats float in general. The kids had tons of fun, and it was a great team building activity!

Katie Cassell
Katie Cassell
670 Activity Points

What grade level? 

I am in the final stages of designing an interdisciplinary science course on the Science of Flight, which ties in physics, meteorology, chemistry, environmental science, and biology - all in the context of aviation. We are using a paper airplane competition to tie in many STEM concepts to the course. While the project is designed for an introductory college course, it could easily be modified for middle and high school level. 

Emily Faulconer
Faulconer
315 Activity Points

I have also made clouds with my students. All you need is a mason jar, (there are plastic ones too), ice, hot water, and hair spray! 

Here is a link about it: http://coolscienceexperimentshq.com/make-a-cloud-form-in-a-jar/

Brenda Velasco
Brenda Velasco
2140 Activity Points

Great for teaching parts of the water cycle!

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
938 Activity Points

Hello there!

I have a collection of dollar-store STEM activities here in the Learning Center that span grades 2 through 8 but can be used in almost any grades: Gabe's STEM resources

Hope this helps!

Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
2065 Activity Points

Gabe always shares some great stuff! I spend way too much money and time at the dollar stores. 

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
85779 Activity Points

Thanks!  These are great ideas that are inexpensive.

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
938 Activity Points

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