Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the various aspects of STEM and how you can encourage your child at home.
What are you doing this weekend?
The kids have a 3-day weekend and you are probably itching to go somewhere. Why not make it a Science Weekend!?
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all 401 national parks and monuments will waive their entrance fee.
Arizona is home to the following parks:
Most national parks and monuments offer a free Junior Ranger program. The Junior Ranger program is a fun way for children to learn about the science of the national park. Simply go to the ranger station or museum when you enter the park. Notify a ranger that your child would like to be a junior ranger. They will give you a booklet and a pencil. Some activities require the child to sit still and observe nature; making drawings of the plants and animals they can see. Some activities are like treasure hunts. As you explore the park as a family, be looking for clues to the questions in the booklet. When your child has completed the book, return it to the ranger station. Some parks have a big pomp and circumstance and officially swear-in your child as Junior Ranger. Some simply give your child a plastic ranger badge. Either way, it's highly motivating to children.
recently received more land; 4,265 acres to be exact. Researchers have found rare dinosaur fossils on the land and say it contains much more. If going to the Petrified Forest, check out their Junior Ranger program online.
FlagstaffIf you are interested in going a little further from home, Flagstaff is a great location. Flagstaff is the gateway to the Grand Canyon. It is also home to the Lowell Observatory. They will be debuting a new event, called "Black Holes" on Saturday.
This exhibit was developed by educators and scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Its interactive stations address a number of questions, such as: What is a black hole? Where are black holes? How do we find black holes if they are really black? What would happen if you fell into a black hole?
You can help your student gain more background knowledge in Science by doing activities at home. This weekend, how about going outside to learn more about Science; together.
STEM@home is a series focusing on bring STEM activities into your home. Read on and experience STEM@home today:
STEM@home: Science - Watching Science on TV
STEM@home: Science - Exploring national parks
STEM@home: Technology - Using apps to support your child
STEM@home: Engineering- Using Legos, K'Nex, and GoldieBlox to design solutions to common problems
STEM@home: Math - Playing dice and card games to support math skills