Thomas Edison Elementary is a technology magnet and Spanish language school. Principal Carmen Labrecque hosted a fun-filled bash for the Edison Eagles that included a talent show, snacks and games, and a traveling medicine show. We were so impressed with Thomas Edison students' STEAM skills. We can't wait to see what these STEAM smarties come up with next!
We love STEAM because there are just as many activities to do outdoors as there are indoors. Go outside and try these 9 activities this summer!
Build a backyard weather station
Gather tools like a rain gauge, a thermometer, a weather vane, and a barometer to collect data about the weather. If you keep good records, you’ll notice changes over time and you might even be able to start to make short-term weather predictions!
Cook in a solar oven
Use some common household items and a grown-up’s help to build your own solar oven to cook S’mores!
Analyze rocks and minerals with a scratch test
Collect some rocks outside and categorize your new collection with a scratch test. Using a nail (be careful!) scratch each rock. Some rocks will get scratches on them because they are softer than the nail. Rocks that are harder than the nail won’t get any scratches. After you sort your rocks, you can find out more about Mohs hardness scale and test more rocks!
Make a boat
Find symmetry in nature
Go on a walk and take photos or draw pictures of found items in nature. Find a draw the lines of symmetry on each object.
Engineer an egg drop
This is a great outdoor activity because you’ll need climb someplace high to drop your egg and it makes for easy clean-up if you happen to fail on the first try. If you’re unfamiliar with the egg drop experiment, read about it here.
Learn about life cycles
Opportunities to learn about life cycles are easy to find in the spring and summer. Observe a bird’s nest or a butterfly cocoon and talk about the different stages of life from egg to a grown creature. You can even grown a garden to explore and observe the life cycle of a seed.
Hone your map-reading skills with orienteering. Find an event near you this summer.
Make a sundial
Go outside on a sunny day just before noon and make this paper plate sundial.
Share your ideas for outdoor STEAM in the comments!
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