September 29, 2017
Try These 20 STEM Outdoor Activities for Some Fun Learning
Kids love being outdoors anytime, and if they can learn in the process that's even better. So it's a good thing we've got folks like Jennifer Fontaine to provide us with ideas for doing just that. In her article 20 More Outdoor STEM Activities for Fun Summer Learning, she features 20 terrific STEM outdoor learning activities you and your learners have got to try. It's a follow-up to her first, The Complete Outdoor STEM Activities Guide for Fun Summer Learning.
This list below from her article features 20 STEM outdoor activities that were curated by Sarah Benton Feitlinger, science teacher and blog author on Share it! Science. In offering it, Jennifer agrees that the interest our kids can build in these subjects comes from the kinds of activities that will get them connecting to the world outside:
"The world needs kids who treasure science, can conquer the latest technologies, and engineer brave solutions to solve the challenging problems of a new world. Outdoor STEM activities create the next generation of inventors, innovators, and leaders by opening up their minds to the complexities hidden in the beauty of nature."
Though these STEM outdoor activities were provided for summertime applications, don't worry. With a little imagination you can convert them into something your learners can explore all year round. Check out the links below for some fun STEM adventures.
20 STEM Outdoor Activities for Fun Learning
- Animal Nest Investigation
- Build a Stick Maze
- Build a Natural Bridge
- Build a Balance Scale out of Natural Materials
- Nature Tower Building Challenge
- Easy Solar Oven Design
- Make Solar S’mores
- Build a Simple Solar Still
- Build and Test a Sun Shelter
- Outdoor Paintings with UV Beads
- Sunscreen Sun Print Art Project
- Make Recycled Solar Crayons
- Create a Leaf Matching Game
- Forest Counting Scavenger Hunt
- Leap Frog Straw Rockets
- Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
- Explore a Dirt Sample
- Build a Dirt Battery
- Soil Profile: Mixing Earth Materials
- Water Quality Investigation: Exploring Macroinvertebrates
Read the full articles The Complete Outdoor STEM Activities Guide for Fun Summer Learning and 20 More Outdoor STEM Activities for Fun Summer Learning on Outdoor Families.