STEM at Home
Discover science and connect to the natural world while staying safe and healthy at home!
Check out our virtual programming schedule and browse through our list of resources, activities, crafts, videos, and more to help continue to bring science into your world.
STEM at Home
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Video Clips, DIY Science, and Teacher Resource List
STEM at Home
Understand the adaptations plants possess for their seeds to spread, thrive, and grow. Program Manager Andrea Reynold takes you through some common adaptations, as well as a way to make your own seed helicopter right at home!
What are fossils? Where can you find them? Learn answers to these questions while we show off some cool fossils of our own!
Ever wonder how you can be more sustainable to help keep our earth healthy? Recycling is a great first step! Learn the basics of what it takes to become a recycling expert.
Magnets are all around us, but how do they work? We’ll challenge each other to find magnetic and non-magnetic materials, talk about magnet strength, and find ways we can study magnetism right at home.
The Scientific Method is a simple, step-by step process on how scientists can best answer their questions or spark curiosity. What better way to learn about this process than through studying wildlife like snakes? Let’s go over the six basic steps to the scientific method, all while learning about a specific animal and where they are found.
Have you ever wondered how lava lamps work? Want to make one of your very own? Learn how to make your own lava lamp using simple materials at home, all while exploring the science behind the chemical reactions that make the lava inside the lamp move!
Learn about the interaction of living things through an introduction to food chains! Program Manager, Lannis Smith, takes you through what an example food chain could look like, and then challenges you to create your own using different living things found in nature!
What is a life cycle? Do all living things have one? Join us as we go through how living things look different throughout their life cycle and why. We'll also learn more about three main components to a life cycle: The stages, the traits, and why it's all about survival!
Ever wanted to create your own play dough? Not sure what ingredients to use? Join Program Manager Cristina Tamer as she takes you through the kitchen science behind making your own play dough!
Join us as we explore different natural areas in Michigan to ID some common, native wildflowers! Enjoy this year's Mother's Day with this virtual experience, and we hope those that are watching get the chance to take their own outdoor wildflower hike!
Is it a solid, liquid or a gas? Get an introduction to the three states of matter through the use of SLIME! Learn how to make one type of slime using glue and borax solution.
How well does our brain process different information at once? How about information that has no relation to each other? Join Senior Program Manager Andrea Reynolds as she takes you the steps of a Stroop Test, and see how these different exercises test how our brain processes different information!
Adapted from NISEnet’s activity “Imagining Life”, Life on Earth comes in many different forms. Kids will be encouraged to take a walk and observe local wildlife and think about the questions: What would life look like on another planet? What adaptations would be needed to survive?
Find as many items as you can as you explore your local ecosystem. View PDF here.
A nebula is a large cloud of gas and dust in space. It can be created by a dying star (such as a supernova) and is also where new stars are born. Learn how to make your own nebula using a salad spinner! View PDF here.
Can you think of any plants or animals on Earth that live in extreme environments? Learn all about extremeophiles as you imagine your very own world and the life that could live there. View PDF here.
Learn about constellations and stars with this easy and fun activity. View PDF here.
Learn how to create your own leaf and bark rubbings and learn about the way scientists classify leaves. View PDF here and click "More Information" for examples.
Learn about how colors mix and create beautiful designs. View PDF here.
Get outdoors with this fun scavenger hunt! View PDF here.
See if you can find all these insects in your backyard! View PDF here.
Every year, waves of butterflies make the perilous journey south for the winter. With this game, you can try your hand at surviving some of the challenges these butterflies face! Grab a dice, a sticker, and a space outdoors to play the Monarch migration game! View PDF here.
See if you can find all of these birds in your backyard! View PDF here.
We get a lot of resources from rainforests all over the world. Can you find items in your house that might have come from a rainforest? View PDF here.
Get outdoors and learn more about Spring with this fun scavenger hunt. View PDF here.
Which ones will sink and which ones will float? Will they sink quickly or float down gently? Will the floaters stay floating the whole time? Why do you think that? View PDF here.
Use this scavenger hunt to find pollinators and the host plants that they're attracted to! View PDF here.
Animal Classification Practice for 4th-5th Grade. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 4th Grade Sound Energy. View PDF here.
Label key characteristics about the toad pictured. Describe and draw what its habitat would look like. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 1st Grade Sound & Light Energy. View PDF here.
Learn all about Kenyan Sand Boas. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 5th Grade Forces of Flight workshop. View PDF here.
Learn all about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 2nd Grade States of Matter. View PDF here.
Bat Biology Echolocation Activity for 4th Grade. View PDF here.
Extension Activity for Kindergarten Five Senses. View PDF here.
Students will create adaptations for each stage of an animal’s life cycle in order to give it the ability to survive in a new habitat. View PDF here.
Draw an Animal or Plant native to Michigan in its habitat. View PDF here.