The STEMAZing Project’s curated collection of #STEMontheCheap projects.

#NaturesWonder – What Made That? – #SciencingAndEngineering with @SciGalNielsen

Join STEMAZing Teacher Leader, Lisa Nielsen, as she notices and wonders about one of nature’s wonders in southern Arizona’s. There are so many amazing phenomena right outside your door. In this video you will learn ...
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$1 Laser Pointer Macro Lens Hack

Learn how to take apart a $1 keychain laser pointer from Family Dollar and turn it into a macro lens for either a cell phone or tablet. It basically turns your device into a low-powered ...
$1 Solar Garden Light Hack

$1 Solar Garden Light Hack

Hack this $1 Solar Garden Light to get a solar panel, high-intensity LEDs, a rechargeable battery, battery holder, and sometimes a switch ...

Ant Wrangling – #SciencingAndEngineering with The STEMAZing Project

Teacher/Learning Coach Guide with Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging Students [Coming Soon!] Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journal If you want to use this resource in Google Classroom, you can find a Google Slides ...
Balloon-Powered Car

Balloon-Powered Car

These #STEMontheCheap balloon powered cars are another engineering design challenge that allows for iteration through the engineering design process ...

Beginner Coding Game

Beginner Coding Game Young learners can begin to learn coding concepts using this simple game. NOTE: Arrows and functions set up to match the colors used to code Cubetto robot. Once your students have mastered ...

Bernoulli’s Principle – #SciencingAndEngineering with @TheSTEMAZingPro

Student Video Teacher Talk Video Teacher/Learning Coach Guide with Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging Students Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journal If you want to use this resource in Google Classroom, you can find ...
Binary #MicDropMath Build Your Own Cards

Binary #MicDropMath Build Your Own Cards

This lesson will demonstrate to students how to make the binary #MicDropMath cards. A common question when engaging students with the Binary #MicDropMath is: “Why are those numbers on the cards?” In this lesson, they ...
Binary #MicDropMath Cards

Binary #MicDropMath Cards

There are five versions of the Binary #MicDropMath Cards below. To perform the Binary #MicDropMath, print out page one of the binary number cards. (NOTE: You only need to print these double-sided to include page ...
Binary #MicDropMath Lessons

Binary #MicDropMath Lessons

This series of lessons is designed to take students' understanding of the binary number system way beyond the well known fact that it uses zeroes and ones. While each lesson can be used on its ...
Binary #MicDropMath Multiply This

Binary #MicDropMath Multiply This

The following lesson engages students to explore exceptionally old algorithms used by Russian and Egyptian people to multiply two numbers together. It turns out these two algorithms are connected to the binary number system, which ...

Binary #MicDropMath Patterns

The Binary #MicDropMath Patterns lesson can be used to help students recognize patterns, understand how to make multiple hypotheses in science and math, and understand the importance of basing claims on more data rather than ...
drawing of bug twirling a buzz off

Buzz Off, from RAFT

Buzz Off, when whirled around, makes a sound like an insect. A fantastic project for engineering the way it performs by making modifications to the original design ...

Checkerboard Coding Game

Use arrows with Velcro dots and code to insects or small animals. Checkerboard games from Dollar Tree make this a great #STEMontheCheap game ...
Color Addition - Primary and Secondary Colors of Light

Color Addition – Primary and Secondary Colors of Light

Use this worksheet with the RGB Light Show to simply focus on the primary and secondary colors of light. If you are looking for more advanced demonstration of understanding, look at RGB Light Show Worksheet ...
Constellation Boxes

Constellation Boxes

These #STEMontheCheap models can be used to teach perspective and vantage point. Challenge students to model actual constellations ...
Density: Condiment Packet Cartesian Diver

Density: Condiment Packet Cartesian Diver

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 ...
Density: Orange Life Jacket

Density: Orange Life Jacket

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 ...
Density: Salty and Sweet

Density: Salty and Sweet

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 ...
Density: See Level

Density: See Level

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 ...
Density: Will It Sink or Will It Float?

Density: Will It Sink or Will It Float?

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 ...
Design Inspirations from RAFT - STEMAZing Virtual Adaptation

Design Inspirations from RAFT – STEMAZing Virtual Adaptation

Design Inspirations is taken from an Idea Sheet from RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching). The following STEMAZing Teacher Guide for Design Inspirations Virtual describes how to use this lesson virtually and provides links to prepared ...

Dry Erase Phun – #SciencingAndEngineering with @TheSTEMAZingPro

Teacher/Learning Coach Guide with Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging Students [Coming Soon!] Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journal If you want to use this resource in Google Classroom, you can find a Google Slides ...
Eddy Current Tube Demo

Eddy Current Tube Demo

This classic physics demonstration shows how a magnet falling through a copper pipe will slow down as it transfers some of its energy to move electrons in the conductive copper pipe. Those moving electrons create ...
Exploratorium Science Snacks

Exploratorium Science Snacks

Snacks from the Exploratorium are not the kind you eat! They're for learning and having fun! Exploratorium Science Snacks are miniature versions of some of the most popular exhibits at the Exploratorium. Each Science Snack ...
Flag and Primary Color Afterimage Optical Illusions

Flag and Primary Color Afterimage Optical Illusions

You can either print these out in color or just look at them on a screen to see an afterimage based on how your red, green, and blue color receptors work in your eye. What ...
Fourto

Fourto

Fourto is a hack of the game Quarto. Learn how to make your own pieces for either $2 with dollar store pieces, the cost of copies of the 2D pieces, or use the template to ...
Geological Columns

Geological Columns

Using fossils, plaster of Paris, and sand, create geological columns for your students to explore and discover. A great nature of science lesson! Digging Through the Columns Worksheet Rock Column Lab Revised ...
Geometry Playground

Geometry Playground

The Exploratorium's Geometry Playground Activities will help spark students' interest in geometry. They are designed for classroom use but can also be done by families or other groups. This collection also includes Outdoor Activities for ...
Gobblet: Hack it! Make Cubelet!

Gobblet: Hack it! Make Cubelet!

Based on the concept of Tic-Tac-Toe, Gobblet takes strategy to the next level. This game takes just seconds to learn but a lifetime to master. It develops strategic thinking, problems solving skills and memory. Gobble up, line up ...
Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized is a video of physics teacher Dan Burns explaining his space-time warping demo. A 2-kg mass in the middle with rolling marbles show orbits. A large marble rolling with a smaller one next ...

Human Computers – Creative Message Communication

Believe it or not, there is a five-letter word encoded in the cards shown in the image. Start with lessons on the binary number system. Then, learn how computers use parity bits for error detection ...
Hypothesis Cubes - Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Hypothesis Cubes – Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Hypothesis cubes is the BEST nature of science lesson of all time. Engage students to use evidence to support their claims and then demonstrate the way science works by leaving the "answer" unsettled in the ...
Hypothesis Cubes Virtual - BEST Nature of Science Lesson of ALL time!

Hypothesis Cubes Virtual – BEST Nature of Science Lesson of ALL time!

Hypothesis cubes is the BEST nature of science lesson of all time. Engage students to use evidence to support their claims and then demonstrate the way science works by leaving the "answer" unsettled in the ...
IDEAS Engineering Journal

IDEAS Engineering Journal

The IDEAS Engineering Journal is designed to be used to engage students to iterate through then engineering design process using a starting model of something they have built. Two looper airplanes, pool noodle rockets, and ...

M&Ms Are Phenomenal – #SciencingAndEngineering with @TheSTEMAZingPro

Teacher/Learning Coach Guide with Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging Students [Coming Soon!] Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journal If you want to use this resource in Google Classroom, you can find a Google Slides ...
Matchbox Car PQRST

Matchbox Car PQRST

This powerful lesson will not only teach students how to identify variables, design a scientific experiment, collect data, make a CER (claim, evidence, and reasoning) based on their experiment, and continue thinking in questions, it ...
Math Magic Card Tricks

Math Magic Card Tricks

There are card tricks which are slight of hand and card tricks which rely on the discrete mathematics inherent to a regular deck of cards. These fall into the latter category. Don't worry, you do ...
Middle School Virtual Orientation to Groupwork Unit

Middle School Virtual Orientation to Groupwork Unit

This virtualized version of the Stanford SCALE Science Unit 0 - Orientation to Groupwork  for 6th grade. was co-designed by Melissa Wilburn (6th grade STEMAZing Teacher Leader with the Marana Unified School District), Sherrie Dennis ...
Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Let your students explore the nature of science and use the science practices when they build this paper circuit and explore the rules that govern which LEDs will light at the same time and which ...
Newspaper Dowel Construction

Newspaper Dowel Construction

Roll newspaper pages into dowels to create all kinds of structures ...
Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journals

Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journals

Notice Phenomenon and Wonder Question Journals come in formats that are printer friendly and in Google classroom versions for both Slides and Docs. Great tools for helping students notice and wonder how the world works! ...
paper circuit example

Notice, Wonder, Learn: Paper Circuits

These templates allow for initial exploration of paper circuits, series and parallel circuits, and circuit diagrams. Supplies are not too expensive and links to necessary supplies are included in the document below (final page). Check ...
One Page Kite

One Page Kite

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 ...
Pepper's Pyramid hack atop a cell phone screen

Pepper’s Pyramid Projector

Turn your cell phone or tablet into a 3D hologram-like projector using plastic you would normally recycle. Reuse flat clear plastic to give this old physics trick a high tech twist. Less ecologically friendly, but ...
Physics Ring and Chain Trick

Physics Ring and Chain Trick

NOT MAGIC! Can you master the physics ring and chain trick? Check out this document for directions and info about where to get your own ring and chain - or 100s of them! ...
Pi Day Exporatorium

Pi Day Exporatorium

Founded at the Exploratorium by Prince of Pi, physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world ...
Pool Noodle Rocket

Pool Noodle Rocket

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 ...
PQRST Journal

PQRST Journal

The A-Z (or at least P-T) template for helping your students process a phenomenon, play to learn, identify variables, design an experiment, conduct experiment to collect data, make a claim supported by evidence with scientific ...
Projectile Popper

Projectile Popper

Build this Projectile Popper using an empty 32 oz Gatorade bottle, a string, rubber bands, drill (other options), scissors, goggles, bead, ping pong balls, and a box cutter (or knife). (NOTE: Adults should prep the ...
Quiet Blocks

Quiet Blocks

Use pool noodles to create your own set of quiet blocks. #STEMontheCheap ...
R.A.F.T.  Resource Area for Teaching

R.A.F.T. Resource Area for Teaching

Resource Area for Teaching has loads of Idea Sheets which you can search through for exceptional, #STEMontheCheap ideas like Design Inspirations ...
Rattle Writer

Rattle Writer

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 ...

Rattlebot

Turn a $1 electric toothbrush into a self-powered robot ...
REAL Primary Colors Book

REAL Primary Colors Book

What are the primary colors? If you ask a physicist, they will have to ask you a question back. Are you talking about the primary colors of light, used for color addition, or the primary ...
REAL Primary Colors PQRST

REAL Primary Colors PQRST

How does your eye see a red apple? Explore this question using a phenomenon driven storyline to engage students in exploring how the eye works and how we create color using light and using pigments ...
RGB Color Light Show Video

RGB Color Light Show Video

Do you know the REAL primary colors? With just a few supplies from your local hardware store, you can recreate this STEMAZing demonstration of the REAL primary colors of light and color addition in your ...
RGB Light Show Worksheet

RGB Light Show Worksheet

Do you know the REAL primary colors of light? Use this worksheet along with red, green, and blue flood lights to demonstrate the REAL primary colors of light and the principle of color addition. Find ...
RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

Let students build this paper circuit to explore the REAL primary colors, which are NOT blue, yellow, and red! ...
Screaming Balloon

Screaming Balloon

Put a hex nut into a balloon, move it in a circle at just the right frequency, and listen to it SCREAM! ...
image of person with red blue and green flood lights in front of them

Set Up for RGB Color Light Show Video

Video with tips about how to set up the RGB Light Show if you have your own set of red, green, and blue flood lights. Click on the title here, Set Up RGB Color Light ...
Shalors

Shalors

Shalors (Shapes and Colors) is a $2 hack of the game Qwirkle. Using supplies from online and the dollar store, you can make all 108 pieces of this game for just a couple dollars AND ...
Shapes Coding Game

Shapes Coding Game

Once your students master the beginning coding game, this is the next level. Use fun shapes and cube to engage young learners with mid-level and more advanced coding ideas. Shape Coding Game Directions Shape Coding ...
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Skype a Scientist

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be ...
Spacetime Simulator

Spacetime Simulator

You can make your own or borrow one from The STEMAZing Project if you attended this workshop. The spacetime simulator demonstrates how Einstein described gravity - masses warping spacetime and drawing other masses into the ...
Star Wars Sound Machine

Star Wars Sound Machine

Adding a Styrofoam cup as a sounding board to a metal Slinky turns it into a Star Wars sound machine! ...
STEM Inventions

STEM Inventions

Fun and Easy STEM Projects for Kids Original DIY designs from truss bridges to rubber band race cars, helicopters and rockets. Explore 30 cools projects using craft sticks, masking tape, and more. For wheels and ...
The STEMAZing Project Cultivating STEM Minds

STEM Night Stations

Looking for ways to engage families for STEM or Math Nights? We recommend using these stations but with students facilitating the learning experiences! In preparation for STEM night, have students master the art of facilitating ...
photo of a journal made with the STEMAZing hack

STEMAZing Journal Hack

Make graph paper STEMAZing journals that require no staples or tape using an old bookbinding trick ...
Straw Oboe

Straw Oboe

Using two different diameter straws, create an oboe with just a simple cut to create a reed and a little bit of practice ...
Sugar Skull Mask

Sugar Skull Mask

Light it up! Sugar skull template. Great to use with paper circuits ...
Image of pocket microscope

The $1 Pocket Microscope

Explore the microscopic world around you with this $1 3D printed microscope. Looking at insects, plants, and even dirt close up can be fascinating! ...
The Great Fossil Find

The Great Fossil Find

Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt. Following a script read by the teacher, students "find" (remove from envelope) paper "fossils" of some unknown creature, only a few at a time. Each time, they ...
The Science Toy Maker - Slater Harrison

The Science Toy Maker – Slater Harrison

From Walkalong Gliders, like the new Jagwing, to making your own helicopter propellers out of 2-liter soda bottles, this is a makers dream site! ...
Three Little Pigs Coding Story

Three Little Pigs Coding Story

Use the classic Three Little Pigs story to let young learners engage with coding and computational thinking skills. Three Little Pigs Coding Story and Lesson Three Little Pigs Coding Pictures La historia de la codificación ...
Tongue Depressor Harmonica

Tongue Depressor Harmonica

Create this #STEMontheCheap harmonica using large craft sticks, rubber bands, and some other inexpensive materials ...
Toys From Trash

Toys From Trash

#STEMontheCheap at its best! Our core belief is that children learn by doing - by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking -- pulling things apart, putting things together. We believe that this hands-on science helps them relate ...
Toys From Trash Ball Bounce

Toys From Trash Ball Bounce

Turn a water bottle into a ball launcher with some simple supplies ...
Toys From Trash YouTube Channel

Toys From Trash YouTube Channel

Our core belief is that children learn by doing - by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking -- pulling things apart, putting things together. We believe that this hands-on science helps them relate to curriculum and get ...
Triangle Butterfly

Triangle Butterfly

Adapted from Arvind Gupta’s Toys from Trash Beautiful Butterfly ...
Two Looper Airplanes

Two Looper Airplanes

The two looper airplane is a great model for having students engineer other designs. Fantastic to iterate through the engineering design process multiple times because it only takes straws, tape, and index cards to let ...
Wack-a-Pack Science - PQRST

Wack-a-Pack Science – PQRST

Our favorite phenomenon - Wack-a-Packs from Dollar Tree! These can generally be found for every holiday and also in the birthday section. Use this phenomenon to drive questions for lots of different avenues of exploration ...
You Be The Chemist

You Be The Chemist

You Be The Chemist Activity Guides use common, inexpensive items so educators can provide hands-on learning for K-8 students to explore foundational science concepts. Hands-on learning engages young children in exploring science. These activities make real-world ...

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