STEM Quick Wins

STEM Quick Wins are relevant science, technology, engineering, and math activities that can be done at home or other locations with easily accessible materials. 

  • Each STEM Quick Win has an instruction sheet and short video of a STEM Connection staff member explaining and showing the activity. 
  • Activities are based on Next Generation Science Standards, process standards, and employability skills standards and touch on a variety of STEM content and practices
  • Activities are designed for kindergarten through 5th grade students but can easily be differentiated for preschool and middle school students
  • Interviews with STEM professionals help introduce youth to potential STEM careers and the skills it takes to be successful

Introduction to STEM

Color Hunt/Caza de Colores – Activity   Video

Color Chromatography/Cromatografía en Color – Activity   Video

2-D and 3-D shapes/Formas 2D y 3D – Activity  Video

Toothpick Towers/Torres de Palillos de Dientes – Activity   Video

Model of a Virus/Hacer un Modelo de Virus – Activity   Video

Paper Creations

Bridges – Activity   Video 

Thaumatropes – Activity  Video

Drop Copters – Activity   Video

Paper Airplanes – Activity   Video

Paper Chain – Activity   Video

Paper Fan – Activity   Video

Paper and Straw Rocket – Activity   Video

Paper Bracelet – Activity   Video

Origami – Activity   Video

Weather

Rain in a Cup/Lluvia en una Taza  – Activity   Video

Cotton Ball Clouds/ Nubes de Bolas de Algodón- Activity   Video

Weather Watching/Observación del Tiempo- Activity  Video Weather Recording Chart 

Try a Thermometer (Nurse Interview) – Activity    Video

Make a Rain Gauge/Hacer un Pluviómetro- Activity  Video

Water Cycle in a Bag/El ciclo del agua en una bolsa – Activity   Video

Interview with a Meteorologist – Video

Sound

What Do You Hear?/¿Qué Escuchas?Activity Video

Feel and See Sound/Sentir y Ver el SonidoActivity  Video

Cup & String Phones/Teléfonos de Copa y Cuerda Activity   Video

Water Xylophone/Xilófono de aguaActivity  Video

Make a Rainstick/Hacer un palo de lluvia – Activity Video

Soil

Soil Sedimentation – Activity   Video

Painting with Soil – Activity   Video

Terrarium – Activity   Video

Construct a Compost Bottle/Construir Una Botella de Abono- Activity  Video

Interview with a Soil Specialist – Activity   Video

Kitchen Chemistry

Sink a Marshmallow/Hundir un Bombón- Activity Video

Crayon Hearts/Corazones de Crayón- Activity  Video

Candy Heart Experiment/Experimento del Corazón de Caramelo- Activity   Video

Snowman Slime/Slime de Muñeco de NieveActivity  Video

Ice Cream in a Bag – Activity   Video

Soap Science/ Ciencia del Jabón – Activity Video

Color Chromatography/Cromatografía en Color – Activity   Video

Melt an Ice Cube – Activity    Video

Bubbles – Activity   Video

Lava Lamp – Activity    Video

Make Your Own Stress Ball/Haz Tu Propia Bola de Estrés – Activity   Video

Freshwater vs. Saltwater/Agua Dulce vs. Agua Salada- Activity  Video

 

Fairy Tale Engineering

Tower Escape/Escape de La TorreActivity Video

Build a Bridge/Construir Un Puente- Activity  Video

Furniture for Goldilocks/Muebles para Ricitos de OroActivity   Video

Three Little Pigs House/Casa de los Tres CerditosActivity  Video

Build a Basket – Activity  Video

Force and Motion

Drop Copters – Activity   Video

Paper Airplanes – Activity   Video

Inclined Planes – Activity   Video

Pom Pom Launcher – Activity  Video

Build a Boat – Activity   Video

Engineer a Parachute/Ingeniero de un Paracaídas- Activity  Video

Straw and Paper Rocket (June 2021)

Interview with a Pilot  Video

Birds

Animal Observations – Activity  Video

Beaks – Activity   Video

Toilet Paper Tube Owls – Activity   Video

Engineer a Nest – Activity   Video

Human Body

Our Amazing Human Bodies/Nuestros Increíbles Cuerpos Humanos – Activity   Video

Human Body Systems Work Together/Los Sistemas del Cuerpo Humano Trabajan Juntos – Activity   Video

Blood Model in a Bottle/Modelo de Sangre en una Botella- Activity   Video

Engineer a Body Tissue/Ingeniería del Tejido Corporal – Activity   Video

Math

2-D and 3-D shapes/Formas 2D y 3D – Activity  Video

Growing Numbers/Números Crecientes – Activity  Video

Spot 5 Numbers Hike  – Video

Estimation Jars – Activity   Video

Groovy Graphing / Gráficos Maravillosos- Activity  Video

Exploring Equivalence/Explorando la Equivalencia – Activity Video

Butterfly Symmetry – Activity   Video

Natural and Manmade Patterns – Activity   Video

Interview with a Doctor Video

Plants

Kids Gardening – Activity  Video

Garden in a Bag

Terrarium – Activity   Video

Start a Sprout – Activity   Video

Kitchen Scrap Garden – Activity   Video

Seed Starter Glove/Guante de Iniciación de Semillas- Activity  Video

Living vs. Non-living – Activity   Video

Specimen Bracelet  – Activity   Video

Water Smart Plants/Plantas que aprovechan el agua – Activity   Video

Interview with an Ecologist w/ Nature Hunt –  Video

Interview with a Soil Specialist w/ Be a Botanist  Activity   Video

Changes to Matter

Melt an Ice Cube – Activity    Video

Water Cycle in a Bag/El ciclo del agua en una bolsa – Activity   Video

Lava Lamp – Activity    Video

Crayon Hearts/Corazones de Crayón- Activity  Video

Candy Heart Experiment/Experimento del Corazón de Caramelo- Activity   Video

Snowman Slime/Slime de Muñeco de Nieve- Activity  Video

Ice Cream in a Bag – Activity   Video

Let’s Go Green

Let’s Go Green/Vamos a ser Ecológicos- Activity Video

Construct a Compost Bottle/Construir Una Botella de Abono- Activity  Video

Plastic Bag Bracelets/Pulseras de Bolsas de Plástico- Activity   Video

Seed Starter Glove/Guante de Iniciación de Semillas- Activity  Video

Paper Bag Habitat/Hábitat de Bolsas de Papel – Activity  Video

Be a Creator

Thaumatropes – Activity  Video

Drop Copters – Activity   Video

Kindness Rocks – Activity  Video

KaleidoscopesActivity    Video

Germs/Disease

Soap Science/ Ciencia del Jabón – Activity Video

Model of a Virus/Hacer un Modelo de Virus – Activity   Video

Growing Numbers/Números Crecientes – Activity  Video

Try a Thermometer (Nurse Interview) – Activity    Video

Blood Model in a Bottle/Modelo de Sangre en una Botella- Activity   Video

Interview with a Doctor – Video

Matter

Sink a Marshmallow/Hundir un Bombón- Activity  Video

Crayon Hearts/Corazones de Crayón- Activity  Video

Candy Heart Experiment/Experimento del Corazón de Caramelo- Activity   Video

Snowman Slime/Slime de Muñeco de Nieve- Activity  Video

Shadow Study/Estudio de Sombras- Activity  Video

Testing Light Transmissions/Prueba de Transmisiones de Luz- Activity   Video

Water Cycle in a Bag/El ciclo del agua en una bolsa – Activity   Video

Soap Science/ Ciencia del Jabón – Activity Video

Melt an Ice Cube  – Activity    Video

Float or Sink – Activity   Video

Lava Lamp – Activity    Video

Color Chromatography/Cromatografía en Color – Activity   Video

Bubbles – Activity   Video

Ice Cream in a Bag – Activity   Video

Make Your Own Stress Ball/Haz Tu Propia Bola de Estrés – Activity   Video

Social-Emotional Learning

A Walk in Someone Else’s Fur/Un Paseo por El Pelaje de Otra Persona- Activity  Video

Kindness Rocks – Activity   Video

Make Your Own Stress Ball/Haz Tu Propia Bola de Estrés – Activity   Video

 Our Amazing Human Bodies/Nuestros Increíbles Cuerpos Humanos – Activity   Video

Scavenger Hunts

Nature Hunt (Ecologist Interview) Video

Color Hunt/Caza de Colores – Activity   Video

Habitat Hunt/Caza de Hábitat – Activity Video

Insect Hunt – Activity   Video

Specimen Bracelet – Activity   Video

Spot 5 Signs of Spring  – Activity   Video

Spot 5 Examples of Animal Evidence –Video

Spot 5 Numbers Hike  – Video

Wastewater Hunt Wastewater Hunt/A la Búsqueda de Aguas Residuales – Activity   Video

Creek Exploration – Activity   Video

Wildlife Champions 

Habitat Hunt/Caza de Hábitat – Activity Video

Engineer a Parachute/Ingeniero de un Paracaídas- Activity  Video

Be a Wildlife Champion/Sea Un Campeón de Vida Silvestre- Activity   Video

A Walk in Someone Else’s Fur/Un Paseo por El Pelaje de Otra Persona- Activity  Video

Changes to Matter

Melt an Ice Cube – Activity    Video

Water Cycle in a Bag/El ciclo del agua en una bolsa – Activity   Video

Lava Lamp – Activity    Video

Crayon Hearts/Corazones de Crayón- Activity  Video

Candy Heart Experiment/Experimento del Corazón de Caramelo- Activity   Video

Snowman Slime/Slime de Muñeco de Nieve- Activity  Video

Ice Cream in a Bag – Activity   Video

Earth Science

Kids Gardening – Activity  Video

Saltwater vs. Freshwater/Agua Dulce vs. Agua Salada – Activity   Video

Air Pollution Catcher – Activity   Video

Earthquake Activity – Activity   Video

Garden in a Bag – Activity  Video

 

Habitat Hunt/Caza de Hábitat – Activity Video

Cotton Ball Clouds/ Nubes de Bolas de Algodón- Activity   Video

Water on Earth –Water on Earth/Agua en La Tierra –  Activity  Video

Freshwater vs. Saltwater/Agua Dulce vs. Agua Salada- Activity  Video

Soil Sedimentation – Activity   Video

Engineering

Cup Tower – Activity    Video 

Toothpick Towers/Torres de Palillos de Dientes – Activity   Video

Make Your Own Stress Ball/Haz Tu Propia Bola de Estrés – Activity   Video

Engineer a Nest – Activity   Video

Build a Boat – Activity   Video

Bridges – Activity   Video 

Thaumatropes – Activity  Video

Drop Copters – Activity   Video

Design a Doghouse – Activity   Video

Engineer a Nest – Activity   Video

Lava Lamp – Activity    Video

Inclined Planes – Activity   Video

Pom Pom Launcher – Activity  Video

Paper Airplanes – Activity   Video

Kaleidoscope – Activity   Video

Tower Escape/Escape de La Torre- Activity Video

Build a Bridge/Construir Un Puente- Activity  Video

Furniture for Goldilocks/Muebles para Ricitos de Oro- Activity   Video

Three Little Pigs House/Casa de los Tres Cerditos- Activity  Video

Cup & String Phones/Teléfonos de Copa y Cuerda – Activity   Video

Engineer a Parachute/Ingeniero de un Paracaídas- Activity  Video

How to make a Water Filter/Cómo hacer un Filtro de Agua – Activity   Video

Not a Stick (May 2021)

Not a Box (May 2021

Not a Pipe Cleaner (May 2021)

Build a Fort (May 2021)

Paper Fan (June 2021)

Paper and Straw Rockets (June 21)

Paper Bracelets (June 2021)

Interview with a Pilot  Video

Soil

Soil Sedimentation – Activity   Video

Painting with Soil – Activity   Video

Terrarium – Activity   Video

Construct a Compost Bottle/Construir Una Botella de Abono- Activity  Video

Interview with a Soil Specialist – Activity   Video

Simple Machines

 Simple Machine Hunt – Activity   Video

Construct a Lever Launcher – Activity   Video

Create a Rolling Car – Activity  Video

Investigate Inclined Planes – Activity   Video

Test a Pulley System – Activity   Video

Animals

Design Your Own Animal/ Diseña Tu Propio Animal – Activity   Video

Animal Observations – Activity  Video

Beaks – Activity   Video

Insect Hunt – Activity   Video

Ant Hills Art- Activity   Video

Make Your Own Animal – Activity   Video

Pollinator Count – Activity   Video

Toilet Paper Tube Owls – Activity   Video

Engineer a Nest – Activity   Video

Insect Art – Activity   Video

Butterfly Symmetry – Activity   Video

Spot 5 Examples of Animal Evidence –Video

A Walk in Someone Else’s Fur/Un Paseo por El Pelaje de Otra Persona- Activity  Video

Creek Exploration – Activity   Video

A Walk in Someone Else’s Fur/Un Paseo por El Pelaje de Otra Persona- Activity  Video

Paper Bag Habitat/Hábitat de Bolsas de Papel – Activity  Video

Interview with an Entomologist w/ What is My Bug?  Activity   Video

Interview with an Ecologist w/ Nature Hunt Beaks – Activity   Video

Light

Exploring Equivalence/Explorando la Equivalencia – Activity Video

Shadow Study/Estudio de Sombras- Activity  Video

Testing Light Transmissions/Prueba de Transmisiones de Luz- Activity   Video

Weather Watching/Observación del Tiempo- Activity  Video Weather Recording Chart 

Kaleidoscope – Activity   Video

Water Science

Water Cycle in a Bag/El ciclo del agua en una bolsa – Activity   Video

Water Use Inventory/Inventario del uso del agua  – Activity   Video

Wastewater Hunt/A la Búsqueda de Aguas Residuales – Activity   Video

How to make a Water Filter/Cómo hacer un Filtro de Agua – Activity   Video

Water Smart Plants/Plantas que aprovechan el agua – Activity   Video

Freshwater vs. Saltwater/Agua Dulce vs. Agua Salada- Activity  Video

Make a Rain Gauge/Hacer un Pluviómetro- Activity  Video

Wonderful Water/Agua Maravillosa- Activity   Video

Water on Earth/Agua en La Tierra –  Activity  Video

Interview with an Environmental Specialist – Video

Computer Science (Unplugged)

Feed the Mouse Game – Activity   Video

Build your own Robot – Activity   Video

Code a Dance – Activity   Video

Binary Code Bracelet – Activity   Video

Interview with a Database Administrator – Video

Insects

Animal Observations – Activity  Video

Insect Hunt – Activity   Video

Ant Hills Art- Activity   Video

Pollinator Count – Activity   Video

Insect Art – Activity   Video

Butterfly Symmetry Butterfly Symmetry – Activity   Video

Interview with an Entomologist w/ What is My Bug?  Activity   Video

Senses

What Do You Hear?/¿Qué Escuchas?- Activity Video

Feel and See Sound/Sentir y Ver el Sonido- Activity  Video

Mystery Bag – Activity   Video

Mystery Scents/Aroma Misterioso – Activity  Video

Ice Cream in a Bag – Activity   Video

Make a Rainstick/Hacer un palo de lluvia – Activity Video

Make Your Own Stress Ball/Haz Tu Propia Bola de Estrés – Activity   Video

 

Art

Color Hunt/Caza de Colores – Activity   Video

Color Chromatography/Cromatografía en Color – Activity   Video

Crayon Hearts/Corazones de Crayón- Activity  Video

Kaleidoscope – Activity   Video

Ephemeral Art – Activity   Video

Ant Hills Art- Activity   Video

Insect Art – Activity   Video

Natural and Manmade Patterns – Activity   Video

Shadow Study/Estudio de Sombras- Activity  Video

Kaleidoscope – Activity   Video

Kindness Rocks – Activity   Video

Water Xylophone/Xilófono de agua- Activity  Video

 Make a Rainstick/Hacer un palo de lluvia – Activity Video

2-D and 3-D shapes/Formas 2D y 3D – Activity  Video

Butterfly Symmetry – Activity   Video

Plastic Bag Bracelets/Pulseras de Bolsas de Plástico- Activity   Video

Code a Dance – Activity   Video

Paper Bracelets (June 2021)

Origami (June 2021)

Interview with STEM Professionals

Nurse w/ Try a Thermometer Activity    Video

Soil Specialist w/ Be a Botanist – Activity   Video

Ecologist w/ Nature Hunt –  Video

Entomologist w/ What is My Bug? – Activity   Video

Doctor w/ Groovy Graphing –Video

Pilot w/ Paper Airplanes – Video

Meteorologist w/ Weather Watching – Video

Database Administrator w/ Build Your Own Robot –Video

Environmental Specialist w/ Wastewater Hunt

The Indiana Department of Education supports STEM Quick Wins!

Click here to read our letter of Support from IDOE.

 

“We are very pleased to see The STEM Connection is finding new, innovative ways to engage with students during the pandemic.  While these events are unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed, it is nice to see your continued efforts to support our city’s youth.  Education is so important, especially now, while many parents are being pushed outside of their comfort zone.  Great job in continuing to push your mission forward!”

 – Ryan Basore, Commercial Sales Consultant, Citizens Energy Group