Hands-On STEM at home

Below are activities we normally run in our after-school Maker Club programs, adapted so you can do them at home with your children! We've also included a few other great resources.

Here's how to use these guides:

  • Download the PDF for an activity you like.

  • Gather the materials listed, read through the activity, and do it with your kid!

  • Don't be afraid to stray from the activity guide! Often, better learning happens that way.

A Week of STEM 

A 7-page packet of STEM activities. From Make-It Monday to Soaring Sunday, get in to STEM all week long!

Time: 15-30 minutes

Ages: 7-14

Make paper airplanes!

Learn how to fold a classic paper airplane, and experiment to make it fly in different ways!

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Time: 20-50 minutes

Ages: 6+

Build a Boat!

Learn about Archimedes' Principle, and use the concept of buoyancy to build a boat!

Time: 30-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

Bridge Challenge!

Learn about what makes bridges strong, build a bridge under requirements just like a real engineering project!

Time: 20-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

Tower challenge!

Learn how skyscrapers withstand earthquakes through building your own miniature skyscraper!

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Time: 30-60 minutes

Ages: 7+

STEM Cards

52 cards, STEM activities to do with materials at home. Hands-on, Qs & tips included. Thanks to Cincinnati STEM Collaborative for sharing!

Time: 15-30 minutes

Ages: 3-14

Balloon-powered car!

Learn about wheels, axles, and make a balloon-powered car!

Time: 20-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

Launcher challenge!

Learn about potential and kinetic energy, and create a launcher for paper crumples!

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Time: 30-60 minutes

Ages: 7+

Musical instruments!

Learn about the science of sound and make your own musical instruments!

Time: 20-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

Build a cardboard arcade!

Use recycled materials and the engineering process to build a cardboard arcade game!

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Time: 2+ hours

Ages: 7+

Pasta tower challenge!

Learn about why it's OK to fail, especially for engineers, while building towers with spaghetti and marshmallows!

Time: 15-30 minutes

Ages: 5+

Learn to Blueprint!

Learn about blueprinting, the process engineers use to create plans, and use it to show how objects around your house are built!

Time: 20-45 minutes

Ages: 6+

Make a Parachute!

Learn about drag, and harness the power of air resistance to create a parachute!

Time: 20-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

Make a marble/ball run!

Image credit: Robert Hunt via Flickr

Use recycled materials to create a fun marble run, while using elements of the engineering process!

Time: 20-60 minutes

Ages: 6+

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