STEM Activities to Try This Winter

New Season, New Opportunity to Explore Science!

As the temperature drops and seasons change, youth in your program may begin to wonder how icicles form, why snow melts or why we put salt on icy roads. This creates the perfect opportunity to teach youth about the changes in states of matter. In order to encourage this curiosity in youth, Click2SciencePD has compiled a few easy, inexpensive STEM experiments to try out during the winter months.

  1. Make Ice Grow: Inspired by the movie Frozen, Teach Preschool’s experiment instantly turns water into ice in seconds—just like Elsa!
  2. Frozen Bubbles: Feeling bubbly despite freezing temperatures? Check out Housing a Forest’s tips for creating frozen bubbles.
  3. Fishing for Ice: This experiment from The Science Kiddo brings winter inside! Engage with youth wondering why salt is used when it gets icy by going “fishing.”

Selecting relevant STEM activities that help youth understand what’s happening around them will spark their interest, wonder, and excitement for science in a way that’s meaningful and useful to them. To ensure a quality learning experience, it’s important to remember that activities should be relatable, serve all youth, and meet the needs of your program as a whole.

Creating a quality learning experience also goes far beyond selecting the right activity. While quality activities are the building blocks to quality learning experiences, it’s essential to engage with youth in a way that fosters learning and understanding while conducting the experiment. When facilitating any STEM activity, make sure to engage with youth by Asking Purposeful Questions, encourage youth to explore their curiosity by Giving Youth Control, and allow youth to develop their own conclusions by Helping Learners Develop & Expand Explanations.

**These activities have been compiled from outside sources. Check out the links for more information.

Comments

Rebecca Escott's picture
Grateful for these ideas.  Penn State Better Kid Care also has an idea sheet for those programs who are getting snow and want to explore it in a STEM-rich way  https://bkc.vmhost.psu.edu/documents/HO_SnowWonder.pdf
Samantha Gerken's picture
This is a great list too Rebecca! Thanks for sharing!