Today we are going to use fallen leaves to make art! While our tutorial is going to focus on using leaves to make a dragonfly, different leaf shapes can be used to make a lot of different animals. This activity is great for the whole family because both younger and older children can find it challenging and enjoyable!
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where people remember loved ones who have died. One common food item is Pan de Muerto, which means bread of the dead. This sweet bread is usually shaped like bones and is flavored with orange zest or anise. Make it today in our STEAM Learning Lab.
We are celebrating the last week of our spooky month by dedicating an entire week to pumpkins! Learn more about these gorgeous gourds with daily STEAM Learning Lab lessons. Today we bring you two lessons: Glowing Mummy Pumpkins and a tasty Pumpkin Seed Treat!
We are celebrating the last week of our spooky month by dedicating an entire week to pumpkins! Learn more about these gorgeous gourds with daily STEAM Learning Lab lessons. Today we bring you two lessons: Mystical Fairy Houses and Pumpkin Bowling!
We are celebrating the last week of our spooky month by dedicating an entire week to pumpkins! Learn more about these gorgeous gourds with daily STEAM Learning Lab lessons. Icky Pumpkin Guts Slime and Pumpkin Leaves!
We are celebrating the last week of our spooky month by dedicating an entire week to pumpkins! Learn more about these gorgeous gourds with daily STEAM Learning Lab lessons. Design an Emoji Pumpkins and create poetry in today’s lessons!
We are celebrating the last week of our spooky month by dedicating an entire week to pumpkins! Learn more about these gorgeous gourds with daily STEAM Learning Lab lessons. Today we bring you two lessons: Marbled Pumpkins, and a counting lesson with Pumpkins on the Vine!
Voting is an important part of being an American. For our last political activity before the election, we are going to be filling out a pretend ballot. Kids can vote for one of our fictional candidates or write in a different name. This is a great chance to talk to kids about how you fill out a ballot and when you vote!
Boo! It’s that spooky time of year again. As the days get shorter, it can seem like creepy things are lurking in the shadows, but here’s an activity that makes it fun and silly to look for ghost shapes.
Ada Lovelace is one of the earliest computer scientists. She lived in the 1800’s. Along with her mentor Charles Babbage, she went on to write the first design for a computer. She is an excellent early example of women in STEM.
When cooking with vegetables there can be a lot of parts that are left over. Instead of throwing them away, try this fun experiment. We will take seemingly dead vegetables and bring them “back to life! “
Here is a fun way to turn some recycling into a fun decoration! By making your own haunted house, you can customize it to be as scary or as silly as your child wants.
Halloween offers us a fun excuse to talk about bats. Bats are amazing! There are over 1400 species of bats. While we are familiar with black bats for Halloween, they come in a lot of different colors and can be brown, gray red, and even white. Bats are responsible for pollinating plants and also getting rid of harmful bugs, like mosquitos.
One of the best ways to teach kids about science is through play. By doing these experiments with toy cars, we can teach kids about physics and the scientific process.
The election is getting so close! As part of our election activities, this month we are going to talk about the debates. Sometimes kids can get confused and think that debates are arguments, but really debates have a lot of rules and are a chance for candidates to show how their different viewpoints compare to one another.
Therizinosaurus, meaning “Scythe Lizard” is a genus of dinosaur named for its gigantic hand claws. Today, we are going to make our own dinosaur tracks for us to eat!
As we get ready to move like our reptilian friends, let us pause to consider the weird and exceptional example of Spinosaurus. Talk about how different dinosaurs moved and use this game as a fun excuse to get ourselves moving!
The Allosaurus is Utah’s very own state fossil. This large carnivorous dinosaur lived during the Late Jurassic Period. The Allosaurus, which means “different lizard,” was discovered in 1877, and scientists were surprised by its hollow vertebrae.
Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish Holiday that literally means “head of the year.” It is always the 1st day of the 7th month in the Jewish Calendar, which means it falls sometime in September or October.
Have you ever opened an old book and been amazed by the marbled paper on the inside? While the paper is beautiful, it could also act as a security measure for important documents. Learn about this fun technique in today’s STEAM Learning Lab!
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Looking outside we can see the first leaves starting to change color as fall begins. While kids understand that leaves changing colors (and falling off trees) is something that happens every autumn, and some may even understand that this happens from a lack of chlorophyll, this is a great experiment to really help them understand how leaves get their colors.
Today we are celebrating the birthday of famous artist, Jacobs Lawrence. Lawrence was born on September 7th, 1917 and is one of the best known African-American painters of the 20th century. Throughout his life, he found ways to help teach others in his community, and also to capture daily life in New York and Harlem.
It is a perfect time for a walk as fall approaches! No matter your age, nature walks can be a great chance to practice science in a fun way. It is an especially valuable way to introduce very young children to scientific inquiry. Today, we are going to be setting up a science experiment with pinecones.
We all know someone who wears glasses in order to see better. By using Jell-o in a rounded shape, we can alter the way light is entering our eye and enhance our ability to see.
From now until the presidential election we are going to have a monthly lesson about how the election process works! Last month we talked about registering to vote, and this month we are talking about the candidates!
Paint is amazing but can be messy. This activity uses plastic wrap to create a clean version of fingerpainting. This activity is also sensory friendly and can allow children to feel the sensation of wet paint while staying clean.
We all know that music can be a great way to connect art and science. Today’s Harmonicas not only look cool but are a great chance to think about how a Harmonica works. Just like a real, metal harmonica, our Harmonica will rely on air being forced to pass around an object and create a vibration.
How do people build roller coasters? How do they know they won’t get stuck somewhere on the track? Physicists have to carefully design coasters to ensure that they are not only fun but safe as well! In this activity, we make our own coasters and attach them to our walls.
Did you know that Discovery Gateway partners with Girl Scouts to offer online STEAM activities? This past week we learned how to make 4 friendship bracelets.