STEM at Home

Kansas City’s STEM learning community is working hard to bring ideas for exploring STEM at home to you. This list focuses on local resources, plus a few others we think are especially useful. Let us know if you have resources to add to the list.

Local Resources for Learning from Home

Science City: Instructables + virtual Sky Station tours

Tinkering with found materials is a natural for makers and Science City’s Maker Studio shares ideas to get you started on Instructables. Check out the Maker Studio Channel to find everything from Shrink Bots to DNA Origami. Science City’s education team also has a series of Instructables to try. Follow Science City’s Facebook page for even more opportunities, including live virtual broadcasts from the Planetarium!

Maker Studio Instructables
Science City Ed Instructables
Science City on Facebook 

Burns & McDonnell STEM Resources

On the Burns & McDonnell STEM resources page you can find personal stories and lessons to help kids recognize and embrace the possibilities of STEM through free activities, how-to videos and more.

A small sampling:

Incredible Edible Landfill. Understand how high-tech landfills are designed. This tasty activity uses kid-friendly foods to demonstrate each layer’s purpose and encourages kids to think about where trash ends up.

Taste of Mother Nature. Learn the science of elements, metals and magnetism by exploring what your breakfast cereal has in common with the Earth’s crust.

Static Electricity. Use balloons to discover the strength and limitations of static electricity and its ability to move objects.

Water Filter Fun. Explore the basis concepts behind a water filtration system, which plays a significant role in producing cleaner water.

Honeywell | National Security Campus Simple Science Video Series

Experiment with materials typically found at home with the guidance of these STEM professionals. Each video features a simple science experiment, from ooblek to penny boats.

aSTEAM Village Virtual Academy

aSTEAM Village’s Virtual Academy brings together not only STEM/STEAM learning but also K-12 core classes and training for job certifications. Access to the Virtual Academy is free; a quick registration process is required. A sampling of STEM-related content includes:

Redbird Flight Simulation Classes

Tech Talk Tuesdays with Microsoft

Orion’s Quest, a chance to work with scientists on space-based research

Camp Invention DIY STEM and more

Camp Invention is organized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which has collected all kinds of ideas for learning at home, including a virtual visit to the museum and online challenges, plus this PDF guide of DIY STEM activities you can do while at home.

Resource Hub

Virtual Museum Visit

Blog with 60+ STEM activities

Museum at Prairiefire: STEAM at Home

Find new at-home educational activities posted weekly, including downloadable handouts and videos from museum staff. Activities for Little Explorers (ages 3-5) cover about 45 minutes with a lesson, story time, activity or experiment, and a craft.

JAM sessions for ages 6-10 merge curiosity, education and interactive experiences as children research natural history and STEM subjects.

KCPT Kids: On Air and Online

KCPT Kids logoKCPT, Kansas City’s public television station, is adjusting its daytime schedule to support learning from home and has pulled together lots of materials to support parents and kids. The station’s Education Department also put together a webinar for parents navigating this new world (especially suited for parents of 3 to 8 year olds) and has curated activities from across PBS.

Kansas City Zoo to You

The Kansas City Zoo’s “Zoo to You” page includes daily live videos for an inside look at what is going on at the zoo while it’s closed plus hands-on learning activities created by the education team.

Learn about animals and nature together while practicing important, age-appropriate skills.

KU Natural History Museum from Home

The KU Natural History Museum From Home webpage includes a variety of educational explorations and DIY activities such as Be a Bambiraptor, Microbes at Home, Act Like an Aye-Aye and more. Each week, the museum also offers a virtual Story Book Science session live on Facebook. Tune in every Wednesday at 10 a.m.: https://www.facebook.com/kunaturalhistory/. or learn more here.

Linda Hall Library Livestream Lectures and More

Linda Hall Library logo

The Linda Hall Library is a nonprofit independent research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology and it’s bringing its popular free lecture series online. Check the calendar for upcoming talks and the archives for popular past discussions ranging from storm chasing to vaccines.

The library also offers pages from its collections for coloring and has a resource center for information about Covid-19.

Wildwood Outdoor Education Center's 'Get Outside' Guide

When you’re ready to take the learning fun outdoors, Wildwood Outdoor Education Center has you covered with a series of videos and related activities—from how to grow your own veggies from food scraps to eco-printing with plants and flowers.

Pitsco Education's STEM at Home + Code at Home Guides

Pitsco Education’s STEM at Home and Code At Home pages feature a number of free resources, lesson plans, blogs and webinars that offer students a variety of ways to continue their learning wherever they are.

Olsson's engineering-themed coloring book

The team at Olsson put together this printable coloring book to share with the KC STEM community.

Inside you’ll find plenty of pages to color while learning about different disciplines within the engineering field.

Short Circuit Robotics STEM Curriculum

Short Circuit Robotics is a local STEM camp provider. To help families supplement what students are doing for school, Short Circuit Robotics is offering a weekly STEM curriculum covering making, engineering, coding, 3D printing, digital media and more.

Education, Resources, Entertainment & Support Facebook Page

Stephani Greytak, Educator-in-Residence-Chief Academic Officer for the Skilled KC Technical Institute, has launched a Facebook page to track learning opportunities as they develop.

Follow ERES—Education, Resources, Entertainment, and Support—to see new learning opportunities as they develop.

Career Exploration

DeBruce Foundation Agile Work Profiler & Career Resources

Understanding how to use your strengths and interests—your Agilities—is important in affirming education and career goals, boosting skills and preparing for a successful tomorrow. These resources from The DeBruce Foundation will support you on your journey.

The Connector: Insights from STEM professionals

The Connector logo

PREP-KC uses the Nepris platform to connect local classrooms with industry professionals year-round. For a limited time, students and parents can access the platform directly at no charge to tap into virtual chats or prerecorded sessions with professionals from all sorts of career fields.

Watch: Flatland KC's 'Getting to Work' Series

Flatland KC’s “Getting to Work” series is part of the national American Graduate program and looks at how Kansas Citians find pathways to gainful employment.

This segment on stackable credentials is a great place to start watching:

 

See the full playlist to see how students are preparing for work in construction, computer science, film making, entrepreneurship and more >

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Places to practice and explore STEM skills

Coding & Computer Science

Code.org Code.org’s introductory tutorials, videos and express courses are a good place to explore or practice coding skills.

Each Wednesday, you can join Code Break—a live, weekly interactive classroom where the team will share a lesson and a weekly challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.

Tune in Wednesdays noon CST. Learn more at code.org/break.

 

Girls Who Code Find new online and offline activities for varying experience levels. Each week Girls Who Code is releasing new activities and highlighting women in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Math

ST Math The Mind Research Institute’s ST Math program offers free access to online puzzles and games through June 30, 2020. Designed for PreK-8th grade students, ST Math starts by teaching the foundational concepts visually, then connects the ideas to the symbols and language. With visual learning, students are better equipped to tackle unfamiliar math problems, recognize patterns, and build conceptual understanding.

Challenges & Competitions

Rube Goldberg Challenges Build a Rube Goldberg machine to complete an assigned task for a chance to win prizes!
Minecraft Covid-19 Design Challenges The Minecraft COVID-19 Challenges is a nationwide competition for students in grades 3-12 organized by the North America Scholastic E-Sports Federation. These challenges are for students who want to learn about and respond to issues related to the current global COVID-19 by creating solutions in Minecraft. Submissions are due by May 1, 2020.

More resources to explore

Organizations around the globe are moving materials and information online to assist educators and families during this time.

STEM@Home Dig into even more opportunities with this crowd-sourced list from the national STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice. Resources include webinars for both educators and parents and a database of more than 170 learning opportunities.
Tech for Learners Tech for Learners is a searchable database of tools and resources available for distance learning developed by the Software & Information Industry Association and partners.