Family STEAM

Welcome to our STEAM Family Engagement Pilot Program

We are so excited to have you join us as we try something new.  Each week you and your family will receive a weekly activity kit and electronic instructions for the activities.  We hope that you will explore at least 3 of the suggested activities and then share your thoughts with us through surveys, emails, or photos.  If at any point you have any questions, please email programmingdepartment@libraryvisit.org


Week 4 – Motion

Have you ever thrown a ball, jumped rope, or dragged your feet to slow down a swing?  If so, you already know quite a bit about the laws of force and motion that govern our world!  This week we will take a closer look at the science of force and motion with some fun family activities.  You can build a wind-powered sail carcreate a paper roller coaster, design your own marble run, explore how friction affects cars going down a ramp, paint with magnets, test your throwing skills, and challenge your family to see who can build the best catapult!   

We will be providing you with some of the items you need, and we hope that most of the other items are things you may already have on handtape, scissors, glue, crayons, scrap paper, paper clips, cereal boxes, a cotton ball, paper plates, a tape measure or yard stick, and plastic bottle caps.  A marble is required for both the rollercoaster and the marble run, and 1-2 small cars for the friction ramps.  The friction ramps can be made from cardboard boxes, pieces of wood, or any item that can function as an inclined plane.   

This week we will be exploring Motion. Each of the activities below has a PDF version of instructions and STEAM concepts for you to explore. Simply click on the link to see what you need to do. Some of the activities also have an accompanying video. These videos will help you better explore your activities.

Cereal Box Marble Run

Have fun creating a marble run and explore gravity and inertia in the process!  

Friction Ramps

What happens when you add friction to a ramp?  Try this experiment to find out!

Build a Catapult

Use craft sticks and other supplies to build your own catapult.

Toss and Measure

Explore Newton’s Laws of Gravity by tossing around some of the things you already have at home.

Paper Roller Coasters

Use paper to build your own roller coaster.  You can use this paper roller coaster template for the project.

If you want to explore what you learned even further, you can complete this Worksheet about what you learned.

Magnet painting activity

Use your magnet to paint a picture and explore the forces behind motion.

Easy Basketball Hoop Game

Similar to the football activity from week one, explore motion through paper, craft sticks, and mini sports actions.

Sail Car Activity Guide

Build the Sail Car that came with your activity kit.

STEAM Book List

Learn even more about motion and other STEAM concepts through these books in our library collection.

Thanks for joining in the fun these past few weeks.  We’d love to see videos or photos of your projects.  Please fill out our survey to let us know how you and your family found the activities this week.  If you want to provide any more feedback, please email us at prorammingdepartment@libraryvisit.org.  While this might be the last week of our pilot program, we will be taking your feedback and creating more weekly activities for families starting next week.  We hope you’ll keep checking back and joining the fun.


Week 3 – Circuitry

This week we will be exploring Circuitry. Each of the activities below has a PDF version of instructions and STEAM concepts for you to explore. Simply click on the link to see what you need to do. Some of the activities also have an accompanying video. These videos will help you better explore your activities.

 

Simple Circuit Instructions

Use scientific and engineering concepts to make a simple circuit.

Energy Stick Conductors Insulators Instructions

Make a human circuit with an energy stick.  Use the conductivity worksheet to experiment. Conductivity Worksheet

 

Popsicle stick Flashlight Instructions

Build your own Flashlight using LED and a battery.

 

Paper Circuits Instructions

Extend the science of circuitry into art by making a paper circuit.

 

Tinkercad lesson Instructions

Use Tinkercad to create a slideswitch circuit.

Static Electricity Instructions

Use static electricity to bend water.


Week 2 – Cooking Chemistry

This week we will be exploring Cooking Chemistry. Each of the activities below has a PDF version of instructions and STEAM concepts for you to explore. Simply click on the link to see what you need to do. Some of the activities also have an accompanying video. These videos will help you better explore your activities.

Solar Oven Instructions 

Make your very own solar oven to capture energy from the sun to cook outside.

Butter in a Jar, Ice Cream in a Bag instructions

Create a tasty treat while learning about physical and chemical changes.

Edible Paint Instructions

Get creative with paint that you make yourself using heat to thicken a mixture.

Natural pH Indicator Solution

Use some items from your kitchen to make your own natural pH indicator solution and use the pH testing chart below to record your prediction and results.

pH Testing Chart

Make Your Own Marshmallows

Use your mathematical measurements to make another tasty treat.

M&M Rainbow Instructions

Discover why adding water to these colorful candies creates a beautiful rainbow.

Additional Resources

Books About Cooking Science


Week 1 – Capture the Wind

The hands-on learning opportunities we have for you this week explore how you can make something move through the air or just across your computer screen.  Each of the activities below has a PDF version of instructions and STEAM concepts for you to explore.  Simply click on the link to see what you need to do.  Some of the activities also have an accompanying video.  These videos will help you better explore your activities.

Paper Airplane Instructions

Explore how far you can make your paper airplane fly.  Try different folds to experiment with what shapes are most aerodynamic.

Helicopter Instructions

Helicopters are able to fly using a different technique than airplanes.  Can you use paper to create a helicopter?

Paper Rocket Instructions

Design a rocket out of paper and see if you can make it blast off!  *This is a great option for children who may be too young to help with the Rocket kit included in your weekly supplies

Pong Game Instructions

Looking for a computer based activity this week?  Learn how to use scratch to design your own Pong Game.  Can you make the ball fly across the scree?

Paper Football Instructions

Folding a piece of paper into a triangle can be a lot of fun, but it can also help you understand gravity, force, inertia, and more.  Try this one for a simple paper craft.  Use our craft sticks and a paper bowl for a more in depth activity.

Blast Off Into Space Rocket Kit Instructions

Use the kit included in your weekly supplies to create a rocket that will blast off.  See our video for help in the building.

Thanks for joining in the fun this week.  We’d love to see videos or photos of your projects.  Please fill out our survey to let us know how you and your family found the activities this week.  If you want to provide any more feedback, please email us at prorammingdepartment@libraryvisit.org