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This week we have our first STEM fair. I’m really excited about this one, as I am keen to see what our friends have done and to get some inspiration for future projects and ideas.
Our theme is electricity, a topic that D chose on the way home from the History fair that we attended a month or so ago. D has a snap circuits type thing that my brother bought him a Christmas or so back and he loves it; I often find him building circuits up so it was a logical choice for him to want to do this in more detail. E hasn’t been particularly interested in this project, but I am keen for her to get involved in future STEM work. We have a lovely range of books that will encourage anyone – young and old to get involved in STEM activities. I’m sharing my favourites here today.
The first is probably my fave – Stupendous Science and it really is a belter of a book – it’s eye-catching and it’s got 70 brilliant experiments inside to get your mind working. We did the ‘electric lemon’ experiment from this book and we will be showing it at the fair (if I remember to buy lemons!). There’s a wide range of experiments in this one, and they’re all clearly explained as well an explanation as to what the science is behind it! It is probably my go-to book for all things science based at the moment
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We have had a lovely day today. It's been cold but lots of fun We met friends at the park to mark E's birthday and the children played and fun jumping in the icy pudpuddles and hunting for painted rocks. @younghosannas posted some of the rocks they found. This afternoon the older two have been exploring her birthday toys and crafts whilst I sorted out the washing and did some jobs. Finally we have just done this Electric lemon experiment for our STEM fair in a few weeks time. pretty impressive and the children enjoyed it! Now to write about it and plan the final bit of our display
Another I have been using is Follow the Link: A Journey Through Technology. This is a really clever book that explains about experiments and how they have lead to discoveries and how they’re linked to other things – for example when Galvani made a dead frog’s legs twitch it was the beginnings of our understanding about electricity (his theory wasn’t exactly right though) and this in turn linked to lots of things – including rescuing survivors from the Titanic. This really is a very clever book and one I look forward to digging into more. There a companion title too, Follow the Link: A Journey Through Transportation which is as equally impressive.
Next up is 51 things to make with egg boxes and this is on my list to get the children to have a look through this week and choose an activity as we have an empty egg box to craft with. There’s nothing quite like an egg box for crafting and this book has ideas from little bugs to owls and masks to dumper trucks. I look forward to seeing what the children choose!
If you’re after a more complex challenge then Build It! is a great book. This is a little advanced for us, at the moment, but I know this will be a book that they’ll love when they’re a little older. There are 25 projects in this book covering all manner of things such as marble mazes, catapults, traffic lights and periscopes. All the equipment you’ll need for each project is clearly marked out and there are very clear instructions for each project.