STEM & Out-of-School Time Events to Celebrate

Watercolor Month 

Month of July 

July is World Water Color Month. Use kids artsy imaginations and architectural marvel and have them design and build a watercolor paper house

Justin Vining on PBS LearningMedia shows how he pushes colors and bold lines to a whole new level in his watercolor paintings. Learn the history of watercolor painting and get hands-on with pigment with this teaching resource

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 

July 2, 2018 - July 15, 2018

The Science of Tennis, this interactive resource is designed to facilitate the understanding of tennis equipment and how it affects the game. The science is appropriate for students aged 14-16 and post-16 students. The modules include topics on Tennis shoes; Tennis rackets; Tennis balls; Courts and surfaces and a sports simulator.

Independence Day

July 4, 2018 

Celebrate America's independence by trying out these July 4th STEM activities

Explore the chemistry behind fireworks in Igniting Chemistry in Fireworks a PBS LearningMedia resource. Students learn about the concepts of spectral chemistry, combustion, and the nature of fire through the use of visually rich fireworks resources. Optional resources address chemical reactions for those who want a more advanced chemistry lesson.

Magic Milk Fireworks: are a surprisingly simple Fourth of July science activity that kids will beg to repeat over and over again. With just a few common ingredients, they’ll turn ordinary milk into an explosion of red, white and blue fireworks. 

National Graham Cracker Day 

July 5, 2018

Graham crackers were created in the early 1800’s to be part of a healthy diet.  Today, they are more of a cookie than health food, but they are still worth celebrating with some fun science making Solar S’mores. Try out NASA's, Build a Solar Oven lesson, an engineering design challenge to design and build a solar box cooker, and test it out to see if it works well enough to make S'mores.

Making S’mores can be a fun afterschool experience, or it can be a science learning experience. Learn how to Create Opportunities for Youth to Reflect on their learning from making Solar S’mores.

LGBT STEM Day 

July 5, 2018

LGBT STEM day is a day to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM. If you or your organization want to get involved, download the LGBTSTEM Day Toolkit

Math 2.0 Day 

July 8, 2018 

Math 2.0 Day is a celebration of the blending of technology and mathematics. Mathematics is one of the most important fields in the world today, and just about everything we know and love is built on its back. Math 2.0 day celebrates all the mathematical heroes and more. 

Prepare yourself to facilitate STEM with this module which features interactive experiences, resource handouts, and videos to help staff prepare to facilitate STEM experiences to meet the interests and developmental levels of youth and provide STEM learning for youth and staff.

National Summer Learning Day 

July 12, 2018 

National Summer Learning Day is aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. How does your program make summer a life-changing experience for young people? Visit National Summer Learning Association to find resources for National Summer Learning Day.

National Tape Measure Day

July 14, 2018 

Use your tape measure to see how far you can launch a Balloon Rocket and help youth learn to Communicate Their Ideas as they test and observe their rockets.

National Wrong Way Corrigan Day 

July 14, 2018 

Douglas Corrigan aspired to replicate Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight but was denied permission to do so. On a cloudy day with only a magnetic compass, Corrigan took off from New York to California, and 28 hours later he landed in Ireland. Reporters suggested Corrigan made secret plans to repeat his hero’s flight anyway, but Corrigan was adamant that he just went the wrong way. Learn more about Douglas Corrigan's story from the History Channel.

Use paper airplanes to learn how to document STEM Learning with Developing Your Best Strategies.

National Moon Day 

July 20, 2018 

Every once in a while, the human race achieves something remarkable, and Moon Day celebrates the occasion when we first left footsteps upon our nearest neighbor. Celebrate with this video-based learning module that teaches real-world modeling of the engineering process. Groups will try to answer the question can we ride our bikes on the moon? 

For more resources about the moon visit NASA's website

World Brain Day 

July 22, 2018 

The topic of this years’ World Brain Day (WBD) is CLEAN AIR FOR HEALTHY BRAIN and was carefully selected, to raise awareness of the influence of air pollution on neurological diseases. Explore how carbon dioxide affects air temperature in this activity.


More Days to Celebrate 

  • International Plastic Bag Free Day – July 3, 2018 
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day – July 13, 2018
  • Shark Awareness Day – July 14, 2018 
  • Mandela Day – July 18, 2018 
  • Ice Cream Day – July 19, 2018 
  • International Chess Day – July 20, 2018
  • Space Exploration Day – July 20, 2018 
  • Parents Day – July 22, 2018 
  • Rain Day – July 29, 2018 
  • Paperback Book Day – July 30, 2018