STEM education plays a key role in developing the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators. There are lots of games you can play and experiments you can do to better understand the world through science, technology, engineering, and math. The sooner you start learning, the farther you’ll be able to go: You’ll have a head start on success! Explore the activities below to develop the skills you need to be successful!
Heatwave Antarctica is a science-based game that uses the states of matter to solve puzzles. Can you survive the heat?
DNA is the building block of all life, and you can actually see some for yourself by doing an experiment with spinach using basic household items.
Engineer Girl provides the plans to build a classic siege machine. You’ll learn about gravity and the strength of stored energy once you build this machine.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosts this tool that teaches the basics of coding.
The principles of gravity and force are explored with this engineering challenge. Try building different devices to see which one best protects the egg.
Building a volcano is a classic science fair project. Take your experiment a step further by doing things like adding vinegar at different temperatures and recording how that changes the reaction that leads to the volcanic eruption.
Try to build a structure that can withstand an earthquake, then test it on a shake table. The shake table can be easily built at home and reused for other projects.
This experiment by Bill Nye the Science Guy teaches you about inertia using nothing but your hands and a very thick book.
BrainPOP offers this maze game that teaches basic ideas about computer coding in a fun way.
A plastic soda bottle, water, and a quarter are all that’s needed for this quick, fun experiment with temperature and density.
A variety of challenges can teach you to how to use code to convert minutes into seconds, convert ages in years into ages in days, and solve other types of problems.
These 35 projects include ideas for kids of all ages, from young children all the way up to teenagers.
A balloon powers this easy-to-make car. Build two and race them with a friend!
These projects are good for a wide range of ages and skill levels, but they’re all fun and can teach you about science and engineering.
The parachute that slowed Perseverance’s descent onto the surface to Mars was encoded with a secret message. Can you figure it out?
Design Your Own Marble Run (video)
This video shows how to construct a marble run. You can learn about force, gravity, mass, inertia, and other principles by building your own marble run and then racing marbles through it!
Soil is the basic foundation for all life on our planet. This quest asks you to help protect our soil.
Paper airplanes can be designed in a variety of ways, and each design has its own benefits and drawbacks. Experiment by folding different types of airplanes to see which ones fly the farthest.
The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free resource that provides tools that let students create projects and upload them to share with others.
Georgia Power, a utility company, put together this experiment that teaches kids about static electricity.
Learn about the life cycle of a can and how you can make it longer by recycling your cans instead of throwing them away.
Print out this nature scavenger hunt and use it to learn how to identify different things you see outside. You could even challenge a friend to go for a walk with you and see who can find the most things on their sheet.
You can help butterflies by planting food sources for them, and you can also watch for them and collect data on how many you see and when you see them to practice skills that scientists and engineers use all the time.
The Boonshoft Museum has a whole bunch of STEM activity ideas that kids can do at home, from building straw rockets to making homemade slime.
The Brookhaven National Laboratory offers scientific activities for kids, and the Discover Brookhaven Challenge lets you earn a certificate for doing some.
This science museum offers virtual daily activities that focus on biology, astronomy, paleontology, physics, engineering, and robotics.
The Museum of Discovery posts STEM-based activities that you can use to explore scientific principles at home.