Here is my running list of websites that have wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities & projects for kids:
National Engineers Week Foundation PBS Kids Design Squad Try Science Peep and the Big Wide World DragonFly TV: Try This PBS Kids
Several books have greatly contributed to the wealth of “How Things Work” knowledge my almost 12 year old son has accumulated over the last few years. It is amazing what he learns from these books!
Cool Stuff Exploded is my son’s favorite! It also comes with a CD
Want to get your child’s building and engineering juices flowing? Try these wonderful books. I, personally, own each one of these books and use them with my own kids.
Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book is one of the best ever building books for kids. It uses very accessible building materials such
Google SketchUp is a fabulous 3D Modeling tool to introduce to your kids. SketchUp is a tool your child could use throughout their school and college career, on into the adult workforce and life. It is versatile & powerful, so it can be used for a myriad of purposes. You can even model things for
Here are links to some free programming environments & tools geared towards elementary & middle school kids. I introduced them in the order listed:
Elementary School Age (4th & 5th graders) & Early Middle School (6th grade):
Scratch: My 3rd grade daughter
Try these out:
Physics Games Google Input / Output Try Science Mensa For Kids Jefferson Lab’s Student Zone UK Science Museum Games
These sites are wonderful for giving your child a little extra help in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math:
Khan Academy Jefferson Lab’s Student Zone
As a software engineer, I wanted to introduce my children to computer programming concepts in a way that was fun. Scratch fit that quest. Scratch is a free graphical, drag and drop style, programming language for elementary & middle school age kids written by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It is a wonderful way to