STEM Celebrations in August
National Back to School Month
Established in the 1960’s National Back to School Month marks the end of summer vacation as youth, parents, and teachers prepare for a new school year. Facilitate youth’s transition into the new school year with help from our Helping Youth Build Connections from Summer to the School Year webinar.
Also, make sure to check out our Four Back to School Tips to Share with Families for ideas on helping youth adjust to the change in routine.
August 10, 2019
This summer help youth learn S’more about engineering by checking out our Make S’More Solar Energy article. The blog features NASA’s Building a Solar Oven activity along with tips on how to make it an enjoyable learning experience for all ages! Check out our Engage in Engineering article for insight on how to effectively engage youth in engineering. Lastly, use our Create Opportunities for Youth to Reflect video-based learning module to encourage youth to learn science and engineering skills through reflection.
August 16, 2019
Rollercoasters have been around for a long time! In the 1700s, “Russian Mountain” rollercoasters were built on hills of ice. Today, they continue to be a thrilling ride for youth and adults all around the world. Allow your students to reflect and process STEM experiences through the What Do I Know About Roller Coasters? video-based learning module. Incorporate engineering by designing a rollercoaster with youth in which they will take a marble for a ride.
August 17, 2019
Did you know 1/3 of the food we consume relies on pollination by bees? Foods that require pollination include broccoli, cucumbers, cherries, kiwis, and avocados. On August 17th, learn the Waggle Dance and participate in your very own Honeybee Day flashmob! For more information about Honey Bee Day visit the HoneyLove website.
August 19, 2019
Celebrate PhotographY Day by participate in Click2Science's "Summer Days" Photography Contest! Submit your photo between August 1-16. Winners will be announced on August 19th! Get more ideas for celebrating with Seeing Themselves in STEM video-based learning module where youth can conduct a STEM Photo Elicitation activity as STEM learners.
August 19, 2019
Check out the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum paper airplane design templates and help youth experiment with different paper airplane designs. NASA's Re-Living The Wright Way activities are designed for grades 6-12 and allow youth to explore aviation. Or, celebrate Aviation Day by taking a flight around the world with Google Earth’s flight simulator!
August 30, 2019
A slinky is awesome right? Slinky is all about physics, so let’s geek out a bit. Here are three ideas for Slinky day. Celebrate Slinky Day by taking a slinky for a walk. Watch these great videos that explain a Slinky Drop, then try it for yourselves. Use a slinky to learn about waves. Seismic Slinky just takes one (or two) slinkies, a partner, and some space to move. You can explore different types of waves in an earthquake. It is a great introduction for Building for the Big One – a great activity to help the youth in your program develop their STEM identity. Older youth can learn even more about waves with Slinky in Hand.
More Days to Celebrate:
- Sand Castle Day - August 3, 2019
- National Watermelon Day - August 3, 2019
- Farmworker Appreciation Day - August 6, 2019
- National Dollar Day - August 8, 2019
- Youth Day - August 12, 2019
- World Mosquito Day - August 20, 2019
- Women's Equality Day - August 26, 2019