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.

Children’s Festival To-Go!

This year, the 2020 World Connections Children’s Festival will be a new, virtual experience. Children’s Festival To-Go! invites you to celebrate the diverse cultures in Utah by joining us on a road trip across the state and sharing new virtual experiences.

STEAM Learning Lab – Kitchen Utensil Bubble Wands

This is a fun experiment that is perfect for a hot summer day.  It’s also a good way to get even the youngest children thinking like a scientist, and reinforcing that science is fun!  By doing this informal experiment your children will learn about making predictions, designing experiments and comparing the results.

Parent Learning Lab

Let’s get together virtually! Sarah Grant from DDI Vantage will be joining us to talk about Sensory Strategies for Parents.

STEAM Learning Lab – Healthy Frozen Treats

Summer in Utah is warming up fast! A great way to beat the heat is with a cool and yummy treat! This is a fun way to get your kids into in the kitchen to help you make something healthy and delicious. You can you use many different kinds of fruit and fun molds, so get creative and stay cool!

Parent Learning Lab

Let’s get together virtually! Maria and Dawn from Hello Music will be chatting about Playful Parenting. We’ll hear some easy, real-life strategies followed by a chance to connect with other parents about how they are tackling being a Playful Parent during 2020.

STEAM Learning Lab – Bee Hotel

Do you know that 90% of bees are solitary bees? Unlike Queen Steve and her hive, solitary bees live alone out in the wild. Solitary bees don’t make honey, but they are responsible for pollinating a majority of wild plants and 30% of agricultural crops.

STEAM Learning Lab – Silly Mural Walk

Murals are a painting that is painted directly onto a wall. The Gateway Center is home to our museum, and also the most murals of any block in Salt Lake City. This month, Discovery Gateway has commissioned local artist, Sharilyn Shumway, to add a mural on our first floor.