Build this Pool Noodle Rocket using, you guessed it, a pool noodle, duct tape, rubber bands, scissors, cardboard from a cereal box, a sharpened pencil, plastic knife, rocket fin template, ruler, sharpie, string, and a bead. Launch it using your thumb or use a meter stick to launch it and collect data on variables you…

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Build this Rattle Writer using just a pool noodle, electric toothbrush (found for $1 at dollar stores), a plastic knife, washable markers, rubber bands, googly eyes (optional but fun), paper, duct tape, and a ruler. Once you have built your Rattle Writer, let the engineering begin! Can you get it to draw a straight line?…

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Using an empty 2-liter bottle, condiment packets (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc), water, salt, and a bowl, children will explore how to make the condiment back rise and fall at their command as they make a Cartesian Diver. Children will also learn about density and the density rule for sinking and floating.      

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Using a fresh raw egg, water, a tall glass, salt, sugar, 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, and 1 c measuring cup, children will explore whether or not a raw eggs sinks or floats in water. They will then add salt in one experiment and sugar in another to see how that impacts the egg sinking or…

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Using an orange, a large clear bowl, and water, children will explore whether or not an unpeeled orange will sink or float in water. They will then take the peel off the orange and test it again. Children will learn the density rule for sinking and floating.        

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Using honey, light corn syrup, dish soap, vegetable oil, water, rubbing alcohol, a tall glass or clear plastic vase, small drinking glass, food baster, glass marble, a grape, paper clip, food coloring (optional), 1/4 c measuring cup, and various other small objects, children will build a six-layer density column and watch as some objects don’t…

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Using a couple tea light candles, clay, water, a ruler, pencil, and a clear plastic container, children will explore with things that sink and things that float. They will start to understand that weight doesn’t determine if something sinks for float and also learn the density rule for sinking and floating.      

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STEM and STEAM lessons for engaging our youngest learners from 3-8 years old. Lessons written for early childhood educators and learning coaches. Each lesson includes directions and explanation of the STEM behind the lessons. Many of these lessons can also be used with students in elementary, middle, and high school with few modifications. These STEM…

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This incredible kite requires only a single piece of paper, a straw, crepe paper for tails, some tape, and string. (A hole punch is handy but not absolutely necessary.) It is incredible how well it flies! Our favorite story regarding this kite is a preschool students who was flying her kite for the first time…

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If you ask a physicist,”What are the primary colors?” They would ask you, “Are you talking about light or paint?” The answer is different for light and paint but beautifully connected.     The REAL primary colors of paint are NOT red, yellow, and blue – as taught in school until you reach physics –…

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