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Summer STEM Bucket List

Summer STEM Bucket List

Keep your little scientist engaged this summer with these exciting STEM challenges! They are hands-on, collaborative, and encourage your future engineer to think creatively to solve problems.

Challenge #1 Rock and Roll(ercoaster)

Overview: Individually or with some friends, summer scientists will design and build a rollercoaster!
Materials needed:

A cardboard box or a piece of cardboard for the base
Scissors
A hot glue gun and glue sticks
Straws – solid color ones are fun!
A ping pong ball
A bowl to catch the ball at the bottom (optional)

Challenge #2 Wet and Wild Waterslide

Overview: Individually or with some friends, summer scientists will design and build a waterslide!

Materials needed:

Cardboard tubes & small cups
Foil
Scissors
Masking Tape
Straws – solid color ones are fun!
Small toys to test out your slide
Pipe cleaners
Water of course!

Challenge #3 Blast-Off Boats!

Overview: Individually or with some friends, summer scientists will explore movement powered by science through designing and building boats!

Materials needed:

Electrical Tape
Straws
Bottle Cap
Your choice of recycled materials (cardboard, plastic, foam, etc. )
Baking Soda
Vinegar
Water of course!

Science IS Sweet Extra Challenge!

Overview: Individually or with some friends, summer scientists will explore states of matter as they make their own ice cream in a bag!

Materials needed:

One gallon sized baggie
One quart or sandwich sized baggie
Ice
½ cup rock salt
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
Flavor: a few drops of vanilla or chocolate sauce (optional)

The goal of STEM education is to create confidence while building perseverance through experimentation and investigation. To best prepare future leaders for our ever changing global world, International School of Texas is proud to provide our students, Early Childhood-Grade 5, with a fully equipped STEM/Inquiry Lab. The lab serves as an inquiry driven classroom that encourages collaboration between students to creatively solve problems. Do you have a little scientist eager for more STEM education? Visit our website to learn more or call (512) 351-3403 to schedule a tour.

-Bethani Emery, Director of Admissions, International School of Texas

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