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Top Ten Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in STEM!

(… AT The Iowa Children’s Museum)


A big part of getting your kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is getting them to talk about what they’re doing and coming up with their own ideas about how to ask questions and solve problems.  The process of inquiry – figuring things out -  is equally as important as an answer.

10. Make a Pizza in the Pizzeria and divide it equally among the people in your group. Talk about what you could do you do if it doesn’t divide equally?

9. Use the stethoscope in the Children’s Hospital to listen to your heartbeat and count the number of beats per minute.  Then run in place and count your heartbeats again.  Did you see a change? 

8. Design and build a Lego structure using 99 building blocks in the Block Party exhibit.

7. Climb into a Flight Simulator in the Take Flight exhibit and practice flying over the Golden Gate Bridge.

6. Build a track on Rollways in the Notion of Motion that takes a golf ball the longest amount of time to roll down the track.  Try different track designs and try to improve your time… remembering that a longer time is better!

5. Create a 3-D piece of art in the Art Studio using five different shapes and five different materials.

4. Give yourself a budget of $20 to buy all the groceries you’ll need to make a picnic lunch.

3. Figure out which paper airplane design flies the best to hit the target in the Flight Cage.

2. Estimate how many votes each exhibit has received in Vote For Your Favorite Exhibit!

And the top way to get your kids involved with STEM at The Iowa Children’s Museum is…

1. Participate in inspiring your child to imagine, create, discover, and explore through the power of play at The Iowa Children’s Museum!

 


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Top Ten Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in STEM!

 (… Outside The Iowa Children’s Museum)

 

A big part of getting your kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is getting them to talk about what they’re doing and coming up with their own ideas about how to ask questions and solve problems.  The process of inquiry – figuring things out -  is equally as important as an answer.

10. Take a walk on a nature trail and identify trees, birds, rocks, etc.  You could even start a collection of something!

9. Find a recipe that looks like fun and cook up something together!  Be sure to let your kids do most of the work.

8. Count everything in your house!  How many windows?  How many steps? 

7. Hide something and plant clues for your kids to follow that lead them to the hiding spot!

6. Do a study to find out what brand of something (band-aids, toilet paper, etc.) is the best for different purposes. For instance for band-aids, they could be: Does it hold up under water?  Is it easy to take off?

5. Give your child a map and drive or walk somewhere with them navigating!  Have them make their own map of their bedroom, their house, their yard.

4. Talk about a real STEM related problem your family may have (maybe you have a yard full of dandelions) and have your kids help you find a real solution.

3. Visit a business to meet people who have chosen STEM careers.

2. Create a new board game together… then box it up and play it often!

AND the top way to get your kids involved with STEM outside The Iowa Children’s Museum is…

1. Make everyday activities more meaningful by highlighting the STEM connections in the world around us!