STEM Summer Learning for Teens, Tweens and Kids

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STEM Summer Learning for Teens, Tweens and Kids

 
Summer, whether you want to admit it or not, is coming to an end.  If the kiddos have read and completed math problems - superb.  But if they haven’t even thought about science then now is the time to get on it! This way, they will have a leg up on any educational competition!

 

What will they comprehend? Chemistry - understanding of the structures and classifications of chemical compounds. Identify the basic structure of common polymers (including proteins, nucleic acids, plastics, and starches).
Will your brilliant high schooler take on chemistry this school year?  Are they a little skittish after hearing horror stories of complex chemistry equations or perhaps they are excited about all the wonderful experiments and eventual cures they’re about to find?  Well, get them prepared with this review on monomers and polymers.
Start with a video on monomers and polymers (Plastics and Polymers) 
Have your genius think about and answer these questions while they watch the video clip.  They can watch the entire video, but 6:12-9:02 is all they really need.
What are polymers made of?
Why are polymers so hard to break apart?
 
Then conduct a polymer science experiment
This science in a bag is really for younger kids, but the older kids can still use it to refresh themselves on a particular concept.

STEM Summer Learning for Teens Tweens and Kids

 

Think about the future of plastics by exploring the past. 
Have your high schooler examine how plastics have been integrated into everyday products.
Watch the trailer – Bag it – Is your Life Too Plastic

 

 

If you’re teen gets really interested into the world of polymers you can have them watch the entire ‘Bag it’ documentary.
 
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Lastly, have them identify products without plastics
They can redesign a product using fifty percent less plastic.
For inspiration your future scholar can visit the site A Life Without Plastic
 
 
What will they comprehend? Chemistry - understanding of the structures and classifications of chemical compounds. Identify the basic structure of common polymers (including proteins, nucleic acids, plastics, and starches).
Start with a video about Polymers

 

 
Ask your middle schooler to think about and write down for you what is their favorite polymer…remember to ask WHY!
 
Next conduct a polymer science experiment
stem experiments kids teens tweens
 
Then take a look at the video One Bottle at a Time (Save the Fishes)
 
Have them discuss in a few paragraphs if they thought polymers caused a problem.
 
Lastly, think about the future of plastics by exploring life without it (or less of it)
Identify products without plastics.
Redesign a product using fifty percent less plastic.
For inspiration your future scholar can visit the site A Life Without Plastic

 

 

 

 

What will they comprehend? Life Science (Photosynthesis) - Recall the basic needs of plants (including air, water, nutrients, space, and light) for energy and growth.
First watch this video on photosynthesis (from tv411.com).  This video is cool because it includes some math concepts.
 
stem activities kids teens tweens
 
This photosynthesis song is awesome too! (Photosynthesis song)
 
Then conduct experiment on energy beads to further your conversation about the many ways light impacts everyone, not just plants.
stem activities for kids teens tweens
 
Lastly, talk with your whiz kid about tanning. 
This site on kidshealth.org provides wonderful information.
You can have your whiz kid play around with this interactive site on the skin!
 

stem activities kids teens tweens

 

 

 

 

 

What will they comprehend? Physical Science - Classify objects by observable properties (including size, color, shape, magnetic attraction, heaviness, texture, and the ability to float in water).
First, review the five senses with your kindergartner.
Before you conduct your experiment explain the steps and then ask your kindergartener what they think will happen…
 
Next, conduct your science experiment
Rainbow Test Tube (from stevespanglerscience.com)
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Then, have your future STEM scholar write down (or help them write down) what they:
Saw
Heard
Felt
Smelled after completing the science experiment.
Remember to also ask them why they were not able to put anything down in the ‘taste’ category.

 

 

Happy Summer Learning! Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!

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