5 STEM Experiments for National Space Day!

experiments May 03, 2024
5 STEM Experiments for National Space Day!

Happy National Space Day! Get ready to launch your students into a universe of learning with these five easy, fun-filled STEM activities. These experiments are perfect for teachers, parents, and all STEM enthusiasts!

1. Crater Creation: Make it a Game

  • Materials Needed: Flour, cocoa powder, large tray or box, marbles or small balls of different sizes, ruler, tape measure.
  • STEM Learning:
    • Science: Explore the impact of meteorites by creating craters in flour.
    • Technology: Use measuring tools to calculate the diameter and depth of craters.
    • Engineering: Experiment with variables like marble size and drop height to see their effects on crater size.
  • Activity Enhancements:
    • Turn this into a contest where participants predict crater size before dropping marbles.
    • Measure the craters and see whose prediction was closest.
    • Discuss and graph the results to visualize the impact of different variables.

2. Phases of the Moon: Role Play

  • Materials Needed: A small ball, a flashlight, dark room, stickers or markers to decorate the 'Moon'.
  • STEM Learning:
    • Science: Understand the lunar cycle by observing how light illuminates the moon.
    • Technology: Use markers or stickers to enhance the visual representation of the moon's surface.
    • Math: Engage in a quiz game to identify moon phases, enhancing memory and learning.
  • Activity Enhancements:
    • Decorate the ball to resemble the moon and use it in a role-play setup.
    • Have one person act as the Earth and another as the Sun, demonstrating the moon phases.
    • Turn the demonstration into a fun quiz game where participants guess the phase.

3. Balloon Rocket: Race Day

  • Materials Needed: Balloons, string, straws, tape, decorations for the rockets.
  • STEM Learning:
    • Science: Explore Newton's Third Law with the action-reaction principle in rockets.
    • Technology: Design and decorate individual rockets, applying principles of aerodynamics.
    • Engineering: Set up a racetrack and adjust variables to optimize rocket speed and distance.
  • Activity Enhancements:
    • Host a balloon rocket race, encouraging creativity in rocket design.
    • Discuss why some rockets perform better, introducing basic concepts of aerodynamics and propulsion.

4. Gravity Well: Interactive Galaxy

  • Materials Needed: Large round dish or a fabric trampoline, marbles, a heavy ball, colored chalk or fabric markers.
  • STEM Learning:
    • Science: Demonstrate the effects of gravitational forces with a central 'Sun' and orbiting 'planets'.
    • Technology: Use colored marbles or markers to differentiate between celestial bodies.
    • Math: Predict and track the paths of marbles to understand orbits and gravitational pull.
  • Activity Enhancements:
    • Mark zones that represent different gravitational strengths and observe planetary movement.
    • Challenge participants to keep their marbles in orbit without falling into the gravity well.

5. Spectroscope: Colorful Exploration

  • Materials Needed: Compact disc, paper, tape, scissors, colored cellophane or filters.
  • STEM Learning:
    • Science: Explore light spectrums and discover how astronomers use spectroscopy to study distant stars.
    • Technology: Construct a spectroscope and experiment with different light sources.
    • Engineering: Adjust the spectroscope design to optimize spectrum visibility.
  • Activity Enhancements:
    • Conduct a scavenger hunt for different light spectra using the homemade spectroscopes.
    • Use colored filters to see how they alter the observed spectrum.
    • Discuss the characteristics of each light source based on its spectrum.

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🔭✨ Learn, Love, Lead in STEM and Reach for the Stars on this National Space Day! ✨🔭


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