STEAM Learning Lab – Leaf Dragonflies

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!

STEAM Learning Lab – Día de los Muertos

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Let’s Vote!

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!

STEAM Learning Lab – Make a Bat

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Presidential Debate Activity

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Leaf Color Chemistry

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Jacob Lawrence City Scape

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Pinecone Weather Station

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Make your own Harmonica

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.

STEAM Learning Lab – Marble Runs

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.