STEM Celebrations in August

National Back to School Month

Month of August 

students sitting at tables in classroom


The new school year is right around the corner. Get prepared for the new school year with this month's webinar, Helping Youth Build Connections from Summer to the School Year.

Inventor's Month 

Month of August

Inventor's Month, founded by United Inventors Association of America, is dedicated to recognizing the creativity of inventors everywhere, past and present, and of course, encouraging everybody to get inventive. Get your imaginative mind racing with our creative STEM activities.

World Scout Scarf Day 

August 1, 2018 

A day where you can wear your scarf and remember your pride as a Boy/Girl Scout. Check out our blog on Confessions of a Summer Camper and learn how a past Girl Scout experience can lead a Girl Scout Camper into a Staffer. Here more stories about Scouts in the webinar What Can We Learn From Summer Camp?

World Wide Web Day 

August 1, 2018 

World Wide Web Day is a global celebration dedicated to web browsing, the online activity that brings the world at your fingertips and a wealth of knowledge at your feet. Expand your knowledge with our self-directed web lessons.

Sand Castle Day 

August 4, 2018

kids playing on the beach


Celebrate Sand Castle Day the 21st century way by learning how to code a sand castle with this Girls Who Code resource.

Farmworker Appreciation Day 

August 6, 2018 

Celebrate by learning how to model science on the farm and learning how you can encourage youth to see the science that surrounds them.

Skyscraper Appreciation Day

August 10, 2018 

Celebrate by learning five myths about Engineering Majors. Create a simple paper structure and test it by varying aspects of the design or launching where OST staff and volunteers can intentionally support the testing and retesting phase of science and engineering experiences to nurture this attitude in today’s youth.

International Youth Day 

August 12, 2018

Youth Day, founded by the United Nations, is a day to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth.

Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision-making processes and freely express themselves. Check out our on-demand webinar Create Safe Spaces for Vulnerable Youth to learn more.

Rollercoaster Day 

August 16, 2018

Do you have people with a lot of adrenaline in your group or people who like physics and engineering? Rollercoaster Day is an excellent day to appease their needs by learning about roller coasters, and hey maybe you can even ride some!

World Honey Bee Day 

August 18, 2018 

Bees are responsible for 1/3 of the food we eat. Bee Day recognizes their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations. We also pay homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure we have bees to pollinate our crops. For more information about Honey Bee Day visit the HoneyLove website.

Photography Day 

August 19, 2018 

Help celebrate photography day by conducting a STEM Photo Elicitation activity to get students to see themselves as STEM learners.

US Open Tennis Tournament 

August 27 - September 11, 2018 

Tennis is in full swing! Celebrate by learning how the strings in a tennis racket--often made of synthetic or natural materials--make the important topspin shot possible. 


More Days to Celebrate

  • Aviation Day – August 19, 2018
  • World Mosquito Day – August 20, 2018
  • Women's Equality Day – August 26, 2018
  • Slinky Day – August 30, 2018