By: Andrea Dillon
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It is time to talk about TECHNOLOGY! Technology is represented in the second letter of the STEM acronym and is quickly becoming a must needed area for our children to learn and grow. The computer, tablet, or phone you are reading this on right now is technology and needed someone to plan, build, and create the programs and code to make it work! While you might not be as familiar with this type of project, don’t worry, we have plenty of resources to help you and your homeschooler create a great STEM technology project.
What is a STEM technology project?
A technology project involves (of course) technology. These projects, sometimes called programming projects) usually include executable programs that are created by the student using a programming language and follow the coding process.
What is the coding process?
For the Online Homeschool STEM Fair, if you want to do a technology project please follow the coding process.
What are some good stem fair technology projects for kids?
Ready to start planning your technology project? Need some ideas?
Start brainstorming some possible questions that you could test.
Here are a few examples:
- How can I keep track of all my matchbox cars on my phone so I know what I have when I go shopping?
- What can I create to make it easier for me to remember to do my chores?
Need more STEM technology project ideas?
I can’t think of a single subject that will be more important in the future our kids will inherit than programming. Technology systems will be everywhere they turn, and in order to customize these things, they’ll need to understand at least a little programming.
Other Resources We Love
These are not our resources so clicking the links below will take you offsite, however, they are full of great STEM technology project instruction and ideas.
- Are you looking for some inspiring technology questions to help your homeschooler get started. Science Kids has some ideas to give you a jumping-off point!
- Becoming a programmer isn’t just about learning the syntax and the concepts of a programming language: it’s about figuring out how to use that knowledge to make programs. Learn how to plan your programming project with Khan Academy.
- Need some grade level computer programming ideas? Give these from Science Fair Projects a try.
- Get some middle and high school level starting question ideas for STEM technology projects from All Science Fair Projects.
STEM Technology Project Books
There is room for books in technology as well! Below are some of our favorite books to help inspire your homeschoolers to start thinking about technology and programming!
“Welcome to the Coder Crew, where you’re on a mission. You’ll write algorithms to find hidden treasures, decode ciphers to read secret messages, create loops to program an expedition, and more. Along the way, you’ll learn the art of figuring out how to do things in general. That’s called computer science. You’ll also learn the art of explaining something in particular. That’s called programming, or coding.”
“Suitable for complete beginners, this educational book for kids gives readers a solid understanding of programming. Teach them to create their own projects from scratch, preparing them for more complex programming languages like Python.”
“Crack open this book and set off on several fun missions — while simultaneously learning the basics of writing code. Want to make a website from scratch? Create an app? Build a game? All the tools are here, laid out in a user-friendly format that leads kids on an imaginary quest to keep a valuable diamond safe from dangerous jewel thieves.”
Is your homeschooler ready to start their STEM fair technology project?
Great! Help them stay on track through the process with our FREE STEM Fair Technology Workbook!
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