Introducing a fantastic resource for any classroom or home, STEAM KIDS! With over 50 engaging projects to try with your children, you will want this book on your shelf!
Working in the Early Childhood Education sector, many of the hands on activities we plan already incorporate STEAM. What is STEAM and why is it important to how I teach young children today? Education experts are telling us that to help prepare our children to be the successful innovators they need to be to be part of our 21st century workforce, they need to be actively engaged in their own learning and have plenty of opportunities to engage in subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) to succeed. Having fun is, of course, a large part of ensuring they are engaged in such learning so I am very excited by the launch of STEAM Kids! An inspiring new book with over 50 STEAM projects to try at home or in the classroom.
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STEAM Kids is a book that will inspire children to:
"Question like a scientist,design like a technologist,build like an engineer,create like an artist,deduce like a mathematician - and,most importantly -play like a kid."
STEAM Kids is a beautifully designed, easy to follow book full of activities that are each broken down into easy doable steps to follow with a colour coded system to see which STEAM area is being covered with each project.
STEAM Kids brings fun to learning. Written by a mix of award winning educators, a MIT engineer, graphic designers and homeschooling experts, STEAM Kids is written mostly for children aged 4 to 10 but can easily be adapted to younger or older children.
We took the Pendulum Painting activity from the book and adapted it, making it bigger by taking it outside and more sustainable by using water as our paint.
Originally we were going to use sand to 'paint' but found that it didn't move quickly enough through the hole in our container to leave a steady pattern as it swung so we brainstormed what else we could use then decided on water. We suspended our pendulum from our carport roof which is quite large so we could easily move to another part of the carport when we needed a fresh canvas. The kids were thoroughly engaged and excited to see the patterns appear. They loved experimented to see how they could create different patterns depending on how they swung the pendulum.
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The instructions to make a pendulum can be found in the STEAM Kids book. We used made ours in winter but it would be the perfect activity for summer!
STEAM Kids is available to purchase either as an eBook or in print from Amazon.
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