By: Andrea Dillon
It is summer! However, this summer is different from the rest. We are all still dealing with a global pandemic and trying to maintain social distancing to stay safe and healthy. I, like many parents, am struggling with my children having to go without summer camp, playdates, and other group activities that normally help keep them learning and thinking creatively. I am among the majority of families who are now looking for fun, at-home projects to help keep their children exploring and thinking critically. Luckily here at A2Z, I have something to help!
At-Home Online STEM Camp
For the next four weeks, I have your summer learning fun covered with an at-home A2Z Online STEM Summer Camp!
What is in the Online STEM Summer Camp Packet?
Your children will explore aerodynamics, simple machines, buoyancy, civil engineering, and more as they help our STEM squirrel with all different kinds of problems. Each week will have resources to help your children research the topic, develop a plan, and improve their idea to make their STEM creation the best it can be.
These weekly STEM projects are meant to be easy, pick up and go projects that you can do with the included printables and whatever materials you have around your house.
If you would like to offer your children specific materials I suggest setting up a makerspace. There is information on how to set one up and what to include on the Engineering Activities for Kids page.
To start the STEM Camp your child will decorate, cut out, and name your family’s STEM Squirrel.
This is our squirrel named Psy!
The Online STEM Summer Camp packet includes printable documentation pages to plan a way to help our squirrel. The documentation pages follow the engineering method to guide your child to design, build, test, and make modifications to their STEM creations.
The first week we will be looking into the concepts of flight to help our squirrel get his nuts from one tree to the next. Your children will learn about aerodynamics, airplanes, how to make a paper plane, and how to create a hot air balloon through various videos and other resources.
In the second week, we will be looking into buoyancy concepts to help our squirrel get his nuts across the pond. Your children will learn about how boats work and get ideas to create their own floating devices through various videos and other resources.
Week three, we will be looking into the concepts of simple machines to help our squirrel get his nuts into his new tree. Your children will learn about pulleys, levers, wheels, and more through various videos and other resources.
In week four, we will be looking into civil engineering to help our squirrel’s friends join him for a party at his new tree. Your children will learn about towers and how to build a strong structure through various videos and other resources.
At-Home STEM Camp Is Fun For All Ages
I have made this STEM camp flexible for multiple ages so everyone in your house can join in and have fun. Use the provided resources for younger children or encourage your older homeschoolers to do some of their own research and come up with an idea not listed to solve the problem. I have also added some advanced challenges to help as well.
Show Off Your STEM Summer Camp Work
At the end of each week, we will all show off our homeschooler’s inventions! Think of it as a virtual show and tell! Join me Friday of that respective week on the pinned STEM Summer Camp post on the A2Z Homeschooling Facebook Page to feature your child’s creation and check out what ideas other homeschools came up with.
Download The STEM Summer Camp Packet
Get Ready For The 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair
Use the Summer Online STEM Camp to jump-start your children’s creativity for the 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair! The Online STEM Fair is open to all homeschools K-12 and your homeschooler can enter their project between August 17th, 2020-October 2nd, 2020.
Don’t keep the STEM Summer Camp all to yourself! Share this blog post with your friends so you can all enjoy some STEM Squirrel fun and show off your creations to each other!
Do you have questions about the STEM Summer Camp or the 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair? Ask them in the comments below or send me an email.