STEM Celebrations in November
Family Literacy Month
Family participation can contribute greatly to a child’s literacy. During November, parents are encouraged to spend time participating in literacy activities with their children. Parental involvement can drastically improve a child’s language skills and encourage a love for reading. For ways to get started check out 20 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Day or NSTA’s Best STEM books of 2019. Michigan State University’s “Head In, Hearts In: Full Literacy Activity Book” is also a great way to get involved with youth. Help your staff build bridges between STEM and Literacy using our There's Always Room for Improvement staff development guide.
National STEM/STEAM Day
November 8, 2019
STEAM is an educational initiative that adds art to the original STEM framework. The Rhode Island School of Design states that the goal is “to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer”. National STEAM day is an opportunity to encourage youth to actively participate in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. To learn more about STEAM check out the University of San Diego’s article STEAM Education: A 21st Century Approach to Learning. Our “I Need Quality STEM Activities” article lists reliable websites full of STEM activities for all ages.
International Science Center & Museum Day
November 10, 2019
Science Centers and Museums worldwide are a great way to inform and engage youth on various world aspects such as animals, space, and important events that have drastically impacted the world such as the holocaust and 911. On November 10, consider visiting one of these institutions with youth and encourage their curiosity to learn. Use our We're Going to the Zoom staff development guide to help your staff plan their visit.
America Recycles Day
November 15, 2019
On November 15th take #BeRecycled pledge and commit to reduce, reuse, recycle, and buy recycled. For resources on how to teach youth about recycling, statistics, do’s and don'ts of recycling, cool facts and hands-on activities visit Reuse this Bag. Or, check out our Learn about Density with Plastics activity.
November 23, 2019
Leonardo of Pisa’s Fibonacci sequence is celebrated on 11/23. You’ve seen the Fibonacci sequence if real life if you’ve looked closely at a pinecone or sunflower. Parents and staff can use this day as an opportunity for youth to learn the importance of math and its application to real-life situations. Check out our “Focusing on the “M” in STEM” on-demand webinar to learn more about incorporating math into afterschool program activities, and check out the Fabulous Fibonacci lessons from Mensa for Kids.
November 28, 2019
Even though Halloween has passed youth can continue exploring various scientific fields such as coding, physics, and chemistry through holiday-themed experiments. Check out how to create Dancing Corn, a pumpkin volcano, make a cardboard turkey, and much more at Little Bins, Little Hands.