STEM Celebrations in June

Camping Month

June 2018

June is Camping Month, and it's a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Research shows that people who spend time camping are happier, more relaxed, and tend to buy more bug repellant. Need ideas for celebrating Camping Month indoors? Check out these 31 Easy and Fun Camping Theme Ideas and Activities from Teach Junkie.

Summer Learning Loss

May-August 2018

Summer, a time to rest and relax? Yes! And a time to learn. Why is summer learning important? Research shows that most students lose about two months of math skills and gain weight over the summer. Even worse, low-income students tend to lose more skills than their classmates. So, what can you do? Use summer as a time to spark an interest in STEM and incorporate physical activity into science learning. Select STEM activities that incorporate reading, math, and hands-on investigations. Also, check out our article about Things to Keep in Mind when Avoiding the Summer Slide.

Research also shows that students with high attendance in quality summer learning programs gain an advantage in math and reading. But getting kids to sign up for voluntary summer learning programs isn't easy. In this guide, How to Get the World Out on Summer Learning, you'll learn from five school districts how to launch a summer learning recruitment effort. 

Stanley Cup Finals 

May 28 - June 13

Bring Math and Science to Life Using Hockey Scholar. Engage your students with Hockey Scholar, a web-based course that leverages hockey to teach foundational Math and Science concepts. This no-cost resource covers topics such as rates and ratios, states of matter, force and energy, and careers in STEM.

NBA Finals

May 31 - June 17, 2018 

Are your kids more interested in sports than STEM? Help intrigue their interest and celebrate the NBA finals with NBA Math Hoops. NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum, and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.

National Egg Day

June 3, 2018

On National Egg Day, we celebrate the egg! Did you know a single egg has 7-17 thousand tiny pores on the surface of its shell? Celebrate National Egg Day by trying out the Egg Drop Activity with your youth, or check out this Egg-Laying Animals Lesson Plan by TeachersFirst.

World Environment Day

June 5, 2018

Environment Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of respecting and doing your bit for the environment. "Beat Plastic Pollution", the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife, and our own health. Check out the Plastic Pollution Coalition's curriculum and educational resources for help empowering the youth in your program. 

Hot Air Balloon Day

June 5, 2018

The hot air balloon is the oldest form of flight technology used for carrying humans, following the first manned flight in 1783. Hot Air Balloon Day is an annual celebration that marks the impact hot air balloons have had on travel and leisure. Celebrate Hot Air Balloon Day using NASA's Bag Balloon activity where youth construct a working model of a hot air balloon.

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Find resources for your program on the official World Oceans Day website, including the Plastic Pollution Lesson Plan, other resources for enhancing existing lesson plans, and a Global Ocean and Aquatic Library. Also, find resources and ideas for planning your own event or find a celebration near you. Also be sure to check out this Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans article for more information about the impact and effects of plastic pollution in our oceans. 

National Get Outdoors Day

June 9, 2018

National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Check out our Get Outdoors! article for tips and ideas for getting outdoors with your students. 

National Week of Making

June 11-17, 2018

The National Week of Making is coming up! This year, we are celebrating the diversity of makers–big and small, young and old, urban and rural. This is a great opportunity to connect youth in your program with other makers. Celebrate the innovation and creativity of the youth in your program by Designing Your Own a Rube Goldberg Machine. Check out our When Youth are Struggling video-based learning module designed to help you support youth as they get frustrated with the design process. Finally, Make Faire offers some great tips and ideas for How to Start and Run a Maker Club for Kids in your afterschool program.

Fresh Veggies Day

June 16, 2018

Nutritionists agree that when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, most of us are not getting enough. Use Fresh Veggies Day to teach youth about the importance of a balanced and healthy diet. Check out National Afterschool Association's article, STEM Pathways to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for more ideas.

Go Skateboarding Day

June 21, 2018

Founded in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies in California, this day has grown into a worldwide celebration of the sport. Learn about The Physics Behind Skateboarding and check out our on-demand webinar, Develop an Identity Science and Skateboarding, and accompanying blog article, Developing an Identity – Science and Skateboarding article for ideas to help youth develop a STEM identity through their interest in skateboarding. 

International Women in Engineering Day

June 23, 2018

Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers around the world. Ultimately, the goal of the day is to make sure that the future engineering landscape is built by equal amounts of men and women, so that we may be able to continue to grow and develop together.

Check out the article, Women in Engineering: Why I Chose an Engineering Degree, for a first-hand perspective from a young woman pursuing an engineering career, as well as ideas for inspiring the girls in your program. Our article, Keeping Girls Engaged, offers even more ideas and tips for diminishing the gender gap during STEM activities.

Asteroid Day

June 30, 2018

Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn the dangers asteroids pose and what we can do to protect our families, communities, and future generations. All around the world, community events, education programs, and lectures will be held to raise public awareness of the need for increased detection and mapping of asteroids. Check out the official Asteroid Day website for activity lesson plans, videos, infographics, and more.

More Days to Celebrate

  • Doughnut Day – June 1, 2018
  • Trails Day – June 2, 2018
  • Cancer Survivor Day – June 3, 2018
  • Running Day – June 5, 2018
  • Yo-Yo Day – June 6, 2018
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Day – June 7, 2018
  • Flag Day – June 14, 2018
  • World Blood Donor Day – June 14, 2018
  • Farm Workers Day – June 14, 2018
  • Nature Photography Day – June 15, 2018
  • World Juggling Day – June 16, 2018
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day – June 17, 2018
  • Go Fishing Day – June 18, 2018
  • International Picnic Day – June 18, 2018
  • World Sickle Cell Awareness Day – June 19, 2018
  • Daylight Appreciation Day – June 21, 2018
  • Selfie Day – June 21, 2018
  • Public Service Day – June 23, 2018
  • Log Cabin Day – June 24, 2018

Let us know how you plan to celebrate STEM in your OST program. Comment below!