Full STEAM Ahead: April 6-12

Saturday, April 11, 2020

I bet you have designed a paper airplane before, but have you designed a frisbee? (Or UFO if preferred).  

What you will need: Plates, Tape (duct tape or other), markers and stickers to design.  

Have a competition, which frisbee can stay in the air the longest (last one to drop wins) and which frisbee can go the longest distance. Compare the different frisbees you create and look at things like weight, finding anything that could create drag. Try throwing the frisbees at different angles, releasing at different times. A little lesson on aerodynamics, without even saying the word! 


Friday, April 10, 2020

Build a catapult with the goal of launching a marshmallow (or a piece of cereal…or something soft with a little weight).  

Supplies needed: This is part of the planning. Tell your kids the challenge and ask them what supplies they may need (popsicle sticks, spoons or some other sort of anchor, something stretchy that you can pull back and will return to launch the item…plus something to place the item in). Planning the building materials is all part of the experiment. 

Instructions: That’s the second part of the challenge — there are no instructions. Get creative. Engineer the catapult any way you’d like and then test it out. See how far you can launch an item Note — Be sure to check that the rubber band or stretch item is securely fastened so that it doesn’t launch that instead of the intended item. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Blast Off with a Homemade Balloon Rocket

What you’ll need: 

Latex Party Balloon 

Yarn (about 6 feet long) 

Drinking Straw 



2 chairs 

How to make a balloon rocket that’s out of this world!: 

To begin, tie one end of the yarn to the back of one of the chairs. 

Next, thread the drinking straw onto the other end of the yarn and tie that end to the other chair.  

Place the chairs apart from each other until the yarn is stretched all the way out. 

Attach two strips of tape to the drinking straw. Now it’s time to get the party started. 

Inflate the balloon (leaving the end untied), hold onto the opening so the air can’t escape, and carefully attached it to the straw using the tape. Keeping holding the opening closed. 

Finally, pull the balloon to one end of the yarn (touching a chair), and let go of it. The balloon will shoot across the string like a rocket to outer space! 

Thanks to HappyBrownHouse.com for this fun idea! 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Is there life on Mars? 

Part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity is the largest and most capable rover ever sent to Mars. It launched November 26, 2011 and landed on Mars  on Aug. 5, 2012.  Now you can explore the surface of Mars through the eyes of the Curiosity Rover!