STEM @ Home


Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western University has taken the decision to suspend its 2020 summer camps including Western Engineering Outreach Summer Programs.

Virtual Summer Programs

While we can't be together in person, we are offering exciting online programs for youth (grades SK to 12) with a special interest in science, technology, engineering and math during the months of July and August! For more information on registration click here.

ENG Kits - London Only

Looking for ways to engage youth at home? New this June are Western Engineering Outreach's ENG Kits. Included inside is a STEM @ Home activity lesson plan, required activity materials, an at-home scavenger hunt and more! Available for purchase and contactless delivery within London. Delivery will take place on Fridays. Each week, only 10 kits will be available for purchase, with registration closing the Monday before delivery. To get yours today visit our registration portal

FREE Workshops

Starting May 19th we will be hosting workshops online every Tuesday and Thursday over a secure Zoom channel for youth to follow along at home from 10am-11am. Pre-registration is required for our workshops. Click here for our registration form. Be sure to register and join us for all the aweSTEM fun!


 

Welcome to STEM @ Home! 

Every week we will be providing new and exciting STEM activities for children from grades K-8. Best of all they are FREE. We will be uploading new activities by grade level and theme, all of which focus on fun engineering and science concepts, design challenges, coding, and more. Developed by our very own Discovery Western staff we have ensured that each activity is in line with elementary school curriculum and provides an engaging experience for all participants.

Note: Some activities require parental supervision and will be listed in the activity document.

 

Week 1

Grades K-2: Chalk It Up

Students will expand their math skills and fine motor skills by measuring and mixing ingredients.

Students will discuss states of matter to learn about solids, liquids, and gases.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures; Grade 2 – Measurement, Properties of Liquids and Solids

Grades 3-5: Fighting the Wind

Students will learn what a structure is and its ability to maintain stability and strength

Students will consider how forces play a role in affecting the strength and stability of structures

Students will understand the major roles struts and ties play in increasing a structure's strength and stability

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Strong and Stable Structures; Grade 5 – Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: Microbit Can't Catch Me

Students will get an introduction to coding and software engineering by creating a fun and interactive game that tests their logical thinking and creativity skills.

By creating this game, students will have a better understanding of how their favourite games are created.

They will learn how to use variables, loops, if-statements and inputs.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6-8 – The Four Step Problem-Solving Model

Week 2

Grades K-2: Exploring Static Electricity

Students will explore the energy we use every day and will consider how things around them can be affected by static electricity.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Energy in Our Lives

Grades 3-5: Grab the Moon Rocks

Students will learn about movement and how different pieces of a system work together to perform a specific function.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Strong and Stable Structures; Grade 4 – Pulleys and Gears

Grades 6-8: Pasta Bridges

Students will explore civil engineering as they learn about different types of bridges and create their own using pasta.

Students will consider form and function and reflect on how the location of a bridge helps determine what kind of bridge is built.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Form and Functions; Grade 8 – Systems in Action

Week 3

Grades K-2: Scratch Jr Find My Friend

Students will be introduced to coding through the easy-to-use, kid-friendly Scratch Jr. Platform.

Students will be learning about technology, while developing fine motor skills.

Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills with the application of those skills on a technological platform, as recommended in the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum.

Grades 3-5: Snow Globe Solutions

There are three common states of matter. Physical change refers to the fact that a substance can be changed from one form to another. Chemical change implies the formation of a new substance. Identify indicators of a chemical change. Distinguish between a physical and chemical change.

Grades 6-8: Moon Colony

Use the engineering design process to determine an appropriate solution for a problem.

Explain at least three ways that energy can be produced, along with their given strengths and weaknesses.

Recognize the complicated nature of trying to create artificial habitats, and how doing so can help us on Earth.

Week 4

Grades K-2: Homemade Pulley Challenge

Students will explore force and movement as the make a simple machine.

Students will learn about the types of simple machines and how they enable movement. 

Grades 3-5: Round and Round Ferris Wheel Design

Students will explore mechanical engineering when they create their own Ferris wheel and chair

Curriculum connections: Grade 3 – Strong and Stable Structures; Grade 4 – Pulleys and Gears; Gr. 5 – Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: Rubber Band Car Bowling

Students will develop their problem-solving skills as they build a test a rubber band car.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Form and Function; Grade 8 – Systems in Action.

Week 5

Grades K-2: City Planners

Students will learn about civil engineering and city planning as they design and build their own cities

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures

Grades 3-5: The Cure for Cancer

Students will learn about cancer in the human body and will explore potential cancer treatments.

Students will apply problem-solving skills to create a model to remove cancer cells.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 5 – Human Organ Systems, Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: Scratch Etch-a-Sketch

Students will get an introduction to coding and software engineering by creating a fun and interactive game that tests their logical thinking and creativity skills.

They will learn how to use loops, if-statements and inputs.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6-8 – The Four Step Problem-Solving Model

Week 6

Grades K-2: Protect that Pill

Students will consider their own body systems as they learn about medicine.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Needs and Characteristics of Living Things; Grade 2 – Properties of Liquids and Solids

Grades 3-5: Soundproofers!

Light and sounds are forms of energy with specific properties.

Sound is created by vibrations

Investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4: light and sound Grade 5: Properties and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Canadian Inventors

Students will learn about some of the greatest Canadian inventions and then find a problem in their own community to make an invention that solves that problem.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 - Form and Function

Week 7

Grades K-2: Floamming Around

Students will expand their fine motor skills by measuring and mixing ingredients.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures, Grade 2 – Properties of liquids & solids

Grades 3-5: Breath of Fresh Air

Students will learn about the implications of air pollution.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 – Habitats and Communities, Grade 5 – Properties of and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Tetrahedral Flight

Understanding the concept of lift and the interactions between forces involved in flight.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 - Flight, Grade 8 - Fluids

Week 8

Grades K-2: Water Cyle in a Bag

Students will consider how the water cycle is being used around them and the effects it has on the environment.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 - Daily and Seasonal Changes; Grade 2 – Air and Water in the Environment

Grades 3-5: Levers: A Simple Machine

Students will consider how levers are very important simple machines and explore the ways they are used in the world

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 - Simple Machines; Grade 5 – Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: Dying Flowers using Science!

Students will consider how plants suck up the water from the soil to live using flowers

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 - Interactions in the Environment; Grade 8 - Fluids

Week 9

Grades K-2: Strike a Tune

Students will be exploring sound through a lesson and building an instrument.

Students will be learning about the 3 parts of the ear (inner, middle, outer).

Students will be discovering that the brain and ears are connected.

Curriculum Connections: SK to 1 - Understanding matter and energy.

Grades 3-5: Volcano Shelters

Students will apply the engineering design process to ensure that they successfully built a shelter that will not collapse under the weight of more and more flour.

Students will engage in multiple tests to make observations that can lead to the best possible design for their structures.

Curriculum Connections: 3 to 5 - Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Strong and Stable Structures.

Grades 6-8: Homes for Different Climates

Explain why engineers design different types of homes in different locations (to meet the needs of various climates).

Give examples of different home designs engineers might use for different climates.

Explain the wide range of building materials used to construct homes in different climates.

Curriculum Connections: 6 to 8 - Understanding Earth and Space Systems, Heat in the Environment.

Week 10

Grades K-2: Jelly Bean Structures

Students will learn what a structure is and its ability to maintain stability and strength.

Students will consider how forces play a role in affecting the strength and stability of structures. 

Students will understand about everyday structures and materials. 

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures; Grade 3 – Strong and Stable Structures.

Grades 3-5: Floor Plans

Students will learn what a structure is and its ability to maintain stability and strength.

Students will consider how forces play a role in affecting the strength and stability of structures.

Investigate structural stability and all the work that goes into planning a building.

Curriculum connections: Grade 3 - Strong and Stable Structures; Gr. 5 - Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: Waterproof Clothes

Students will learn about hydrophobicity and investigate ways to make material repel fluids.

Students will be introduced to the idea of nanotechnology.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 - pure substances and mixtures; Grade 8 - Fluids.

Week 11

Grades K-2: Marble Run Madness

Students will be able to understand gravitational and kinetic energy.

Students will be able to make a structure that is navigable.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 - Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures; Grade 2 – Energy in our Lives.

Grades 3-5: Baking Soda Boats

Students will explore chemical engineering.

Students will explore and discuss the states of matter.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Forces Causing Movement; Grade 5 - Properties of and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Ripening Fruit in Space

Students will expand their knowledge of space nutrition.

Students will discuss be able to the effects of chemical treatments to inhibit the ripening of fruit.

Students will have knowledge of many different ways to preserve fruits.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 - Understanding Earth and Space Systems; Grade 7 – Pure Substances and Mixtures; Grade 8 – Understanding Life Systems

Week 12

Grades K-2: Twinkle Twinkle Little Scratch

Students will explore basic coding fundamentals through interactive activities.

Students will be introduced to coding through the Scratch platform.

Curriculum Connections: Students will develop critical and creating thinking skills with the application of those skills on a technological platform, as recommended in the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum.

Grades 3-5: Mission: Mars Landing

Students will learn about forces and shock absorption.

Students will learn about the engineering design process

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 - Strong and Stable Structures; Grade 4 - Habitats and Communities; Grade 5 - Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Grades 6-8: 3D Name Sculptures

Students will learn about the engineering design process.

Students will develop problem-solving and design skills by building a strong and stable tower.

Students will learn about reinforcements in buildings and why they are necessary.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 - Flight; Grade 7 - Form and Function; Grade 8- Systems in Action.


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