STEM @ Home

 


Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Engineering Outreach has suspended in person programs. Please see below for a list of our virtual options.

Fall Club

While we can't be together in person, we are offering our classic Fall Club program, for Grades 1-8, online with free kit delivery to your house. Spaces are limited. Learn more here.

ENG KITS - London and Area

Looking for ways to engage youth at home? We have nine different ENG kits for your child to choose from: - included inside is a STEM @ Home activity lesson plan, required activity materials, an at-home scavenger hunt and more!

Kit topics include:

  • Beginner: Electric Playdough, Electricity Exploration, Puffy Sidewalk Paint
  • Intermediate: DIY Shampoo, Spread soap not germs, Mini LED light sabers
  • Advanced: Liquid Salt water splitters, Electric Motor, Mini solar cars

 

All kits can be delivered within London & surrounding area (50km outside of London). Delivery will take place on Fridays. Each week there are a limited number of kits available for purchase, with registration closing the Monday before delivery. Kits are $25 each and will be available for purchase starting in February 2021. Join our mailing list to find out when we reopen our kit program. 

Once you purchase a kit you will receive an email to confirm your address and kit topic. Purchase kits here.

FREE Workshops

Due to the delayed school start we will be hosting several workshops online from September 9-17 over a secure Zoom channel for youth to follow along at home from 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. 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.

Looking for older activities? We've moved all of our historical STEM @ Home to our archive page!

 

Week 21

Grades K-2: Smartphone Projector

Students investigate how to bend light waves to increase the size of an image.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Energy in Our Lives; Grade 2 - Movement.

Grades 3-5: Compost Bioreactor

Students will learn about environmental engineering, what biodegradable and environmentally friendly means, and what composting is.

Students will about how the binary number system works.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Soils in the Environment; Grade 5 – Conservation of Energy and Resources.

Grades 6-8: Building a Ferris Wheel

Students will create a Ferris wheel using knowledge of engineering design and understandings of gravity, force, and structure.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Form and Function.

Week 22

Grades K-2: Edible Igneous Rocks

Students will consider how rocks were formed and how to identify them.

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

Grades 3-5: Edible Sedimentary Rocks

Students will consider how rocks form and how to identify them.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 - Rocks and Minerals

Grades 6-8: Hot Ice

Students will consider acidic and basic chemicals.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 - Pure Substances and Mixtures

Week 23

Grades K-2: Lava Lamps

Students will investigate, through experimentation, the properties of various materials.

Students will investigate, through experimentation, interactions that occur as a result of mixing and/or dissolving liquids and solids.

Grades 3-5: Perpetual Motion Machine

Students will investigate forces that cause an object to start moving, stop moving, or change direction.

Students will use technological problem-solving skills and knowledge acquired from previous investigations.

Students will use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, and test a device that transforms one form of energy into another.

Grades 6-8: Micro Bit: Compass

Students wil solve problems and create computational representations of mathematical situations by writing and executing efficient code, including code that involves conditional statements and other control structures.

Students will solve problems and create computational representations of mathematical situations by writing and executing efficient code, including code that involves events influenced by a defined count.

Week 24

Grades K-2: Homemade Magnifying Glass

Students will learn about scientific exploration.

Students will learn about the scientific method.

Students will be introduced to the concept of light refraction.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Needs and Characteristics of Living Things and Materials, Objects and Everyday Structures

Grades 3-5: Extreme Roller Coasters

Students will learn about the conservation of energy principle.

Students will learn about different types of potential energy.

Students will investigate the relationship between potential and kinetic energy.

Curriculum connections: Grade 5: Conservation of Energy and Resources

Grades 6-8: Helmet Protection

Students will learn about Newton’s first law of motion and the concept of inertia.

Students will consider how forces affect the system of a cyclist.

Investigate the forms a helmet can take to perform its function.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 - Form and Function, Grade 8 - Systems in Action.

Week 25

Grades K-2: Homemade Geodes

Students will discuss crystallization

Students will discuss the creation of geodes

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

Grades 3-5: Snow in July

Students will identify indicators of chemical change.

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

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 – Properties of and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Catapults

Students will expand their knowledge about the different kinds of energy.

Students will discuss the law of conservation of energy.

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

Week 26

Grades K-2: Bridges

Students will learn about bridges and why they are used.

The concept of gravity will be introduced to students.

Curriculum Connections: Students will develop critically and creating thinking skills with the application of those skills to Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures as recommended in the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum

Grades 3-5: Bottle Rockets

Students will investigate the properties of air (e.g., the air takes up space, has mass, can be compressed)..

Students will follow established safety procedures for using tools and materials and operating flying devices.

Investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 - Forces causing movement, Grade 4 - Light and Sound, Grade 5 - Conservation of energy and resources.

Grades 6-8: Building for Hurricanes

Students will understand that some shapes increase a building’s stability.

Students will be able to follow the engineering design process to improve on a design

Students will identify which designs can and cannot withstand the self-weight of the tower as well as a lateral wind load..

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

Week 27

Grades K-2: The 3 Little Pigs

Students will expand explore structures and the importance of material properties

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 - Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures; Grade 2 - Movement

Grades 3-5: Follow The Flow

Students will act as civil engineers as they design and build irrigation systems to withstand the forces of flowing water.

Students will understand that some shapes increase a building’s stability.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 –Strong and Stable Structures, Forces Causing Movement; Grade 5- Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms.

Grades 6-8: Green Bean Mosaics

Students will learn about the many different roles of an Environmental Engineer.

Students will learn about different ways to incorporate different methods of waste treatment into their daily lives.

Students will learn about a new style of art - Mosaics

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Interactions in the Environment

Week 28

Grades K-2: Fizzy, Scented Bath Bombs

Students investigate the chemical reaction between citric acid and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

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

Grades 3-5: Walking on Eggshells: Strength of a Dome

Students will learn about the strength and value of the dome shape and design and build their own dome.

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

Grades 6-8: Combination Lock

Students will Explore simple machines by building a combination lock.

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

Week 29

Grades K-2: Clapper Trapper Toys

Students will consider what energy is and how it is conserved while create a toy.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1- Energy in Our Lives; Grade 2 – Movement

Grades 3-5: Candy Lightning

Students will explore static electricity as they try to create their own charge!

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 -Light and Sound; Grade 5 –Properties of and Changes in Matter.

Grades 6-8: Edible Slime

Students will consider how pure substances and mixtures are used in our everyday lives!

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 -Pure Substances and Mixtures.

Week 30

Grades K-2: Lifting a Lion

Students will use technological problem-solving skills and knowledge acquired from previous investigations, to design, build, and test a structure for a specific purpose.

Students will investigate the structure and function of simple machines.

Grades 3-5: Artificial Bicep

Students will use technological problem-solving skills and knowledge acquired from previous investigations, to design and build devices that use forces to create controlled movement.

Students will investigate ways in which pulleys and gears modify the speed and direction of, and the force exerted on, moving objects.

Grades 6-8: Oil Spill Simulator

Students will assess human impacts on biodiversity, and identify ways of preserving biodiversity.

Students will assess the impact on society and the environment of different industrial methods of separating mixtures and solutions.

Students will assess the impact of fluid spills on society and the environment, including the cost of the cleanup and the effort involved.

Week 31

Grades K-2: Fossils

Students will learn about scientific exploration.

Students will be introduced to types of fossils and their characteristics.

Understanding how fossils are formed and why they are important.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 – Needs and Characteristics of Living Things and Materials.

Grades 3-5: Chromatography: The Proof Is in The Ink

Students will learn about chromatography.

Students will learn about chemical and physical changes.

Students will Investigate the applications of chromatography.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 5: Properties and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Toxic Popcorn Challenge

Students will learn about toxic waste.

Students will consider waste removal strategies.

Students will Investigate the importance of new waste management technologies.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6: Biodiversity; Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment

Week 32

Grades K-2: DIY Musical Instruments

Students will expand their knowledge of sound.

Students will learn about the three parts of the ear.

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

Grades 3-5: Bouncy Polymers

Students will learn about polymers.

Students will discuss states of matter and their properties.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 5 – Properties of and Changes in Matter

Grades 6-8: Clay Boats

Students will expand their knowledge of concepts relating to density and buoyancy.

Students will learn about Archimedes’ principle.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Form and Function; Grade 8 – Fluids.

Week 33

Grades K-2: Marble Run Roller Coaster

Students will learn about Mechanical Engineering and the conservation of energy.

Students will explore different types of energy (e.g. potential and kinetic energy).

Curriculum Connections: Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills with the application of those skills to Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures as well as Movements as recommended in the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum.

Grades 3-5: Micro:bit Frustration

Students will explore software & electrical engineering.

Students will Learning about basic coding terms.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 - Forces Causing Movement; Grade 4- Light and Sound; Grade 5-Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms.

Grades 6-8: Makey Making Music

The purpose of this project is to introduce drag-and-drop coding using Microbit.

Students will learn about software engineering.

Students will learn about coding terms (variables, if-statements, arrays, loops, etc.)

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 - Electricity and Electrical Devices, Grade 7 - Form and Function, Grade 8 - Systems in Action.

Week 34

Grades K-2: Make a Monster

Students will explore the Engineering Design Process through STEAM.

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

Grades 3-5: Pasta Pods

Students will learn about simple machines using breakable materials.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Forces causing Movement. Grade 4 – Pulleys and Gears.

Grades 6-8: Flight

Students will learn about the forces related to flight.

Students will be introduced to the Engineering Design Process as they design, build and test a glider.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 – Flight. Grade 8 – Fluids.

Week 35

Grades K-2: Oobleck

To understand different properties of solids, liquids, and gases.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 2 – Properties of Liquids and Solids.

Grades 3-5: Homemade Thermometer

To investigate how temperature affects the volume of a liquid.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 5 – Properties and Changes in Matter.

Grades 6-8: Ziplines

Students will investigate forces and use that knowledge in building a zipline.

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


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