Parents and Guardians

Bring the joy of discovery to life in the comfort of home with a variety of exciting digital learning explorations that help students put STEM skills into action. Family members can join in as students get hands-on with ready-to-use activities promoting self-guided learning and career success.

Activities for Grades K-8:
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Plastic Fabric Art

Learning

Plastic Fabric Art

Can you make fabric from plastic bags?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Explore the sustainability of everyday materials by creating a makeshift fabric from recycled plastic that can be used in artwork, fashion, and accessories.

Watts Going On?

Watts Going On?

How is your family using energy?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Think more critically about how your household uses energy with a simple experiment to identify the most energy-consuming appliance in the house.

Stacking Liquids

Exploration and Discovery

Stacking Liquids

Can you layer liquids?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Witness the amazing properties of everyday liquids interacting with one another to learn how liquid refinement can be used in industry and homes.

T.H.I.N.K. Before you Post!

T.H.I.N.K. Before you Post!

Why is it important to think before you post something online?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Reinforce responsible and effective online communication by creating a thought-provoking Paper Slide Video that you can share with others.

Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Water

Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Can you design a system that evenly distributes water among different cups?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Delve into the challenges of irrigation in agriculture, industry, and at home by designing an irrigation system from recycled household items.

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Learning

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Can you design a story and program a character using a deck of cards?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Bring the power of programming to life around the house with a fun activity that combines creative storytelling and computational thinking.

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Communities

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Can you make a clubhouse with triangles and squares?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
60–120 minutes

Practice essential design and management skills as a family by crafting a neat dome structure in your home built out of recycled paper products.

Calculate Horsepower

Health

Calculate Horsepower

What horsepower do you run on?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Get up to speed on the properties of horsepower with an energizing activity that sheds light on the connection between personal habits and energy use.

Grown From Groceries

Food

Grown From Groceries

Can you grow food from kitchen scraps and water?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Give your kitchen scraps a new life by regrowing them into full plants. See what you have in your kitchen and follow the directions below.

Engineering, Nature Style! Design Challenge

Exploration and Discovery

Engineering, Nature Style! Design Challenge

Can you build a paper airplane inspired by nature?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Nature acts as an inspiration for many designs and innovations. One example is how airplanes have taken the shape of birds.

It’s a Small World

Communities

It’s a Small World

If all the people in the world moved to New Zealand, how crowded would it be?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Explore the science behind community planning by imagining the potential a limited space has to support a large population.

Left to Your Own Devices

Digital Citizenship

Left to Your Own Devices

How many days of your life will you spend on social media?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Consider the amount of time you commit to social media in order to gain new perspective on the value of communication in your life. 

On the Bright Side

Energy

On the Bright Side

How much money will your street spend on electricity in one year?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Investigate the energy requirements necessary to support your community and evaluate how you could be using energy more efficiently. 

Cosmic Commute

Exploration and Discovery

Cosmic Commute

How long would it take to drive to the moon from your hometown?  
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Think like an astronaut as you plan an interstellar voyage from your hometown to the moon, focusing on the crucial question of travel time. 

Body and Sole

Health

Body and Sole

How many miles can you walk in one year?   
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Use yourself as an example to understand the remarkable capacity of human beings to walk great distances throughout their lives. 

Fueling Dreams

Learning

Fueling Dreams

How long will it take for you to save enough money to buy a car?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Stay practical in achieving your goals by thinking about purchasing your own vehicle, and how long that would take you to accomplish. 

Pop and Population

Recycling

Pop and Population

How many aluminum soda cans will be recycled in one week in your town?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Get involved in timely sustainability topics by exploring the collective recycling habits of your town over the course of a single week. 

Manual Maintenance

Water

Manual Maintenance

How many days of your life will you spend washing your hands?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Refresh your understanding of personal water consumption by diving into the subject of handwashing in people’s day-to-day lives.