At home STEM activities for your students

Science Heads wants to help during the national health emergency. Since most local schools are closed – we will be regularly posting STEM activities that students can do at home.

These activities are both educational and entertaining. It’s also a great opportunity to reinforce what your students have been learning in school.

Here are some of our favorite sources for at-home science activities :

Science Snacks from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

NASASTEM@home from NASA

Stuck at Home Science from the California Science Center

LiveScience has published a list of links to virtual museums, educational videos, online lessons, and more.

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Experiment with a Home Made Spectroscope

Here is an activity that will keep your students engaged for hours. Have them build a cardboard spectroscope using the template below and learn about light. All that is needed is cardboard, glue, scissors and an old CD. Your students can then observe the spectrum of different light sources inside and outside your home (incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lamps, street lights, …). Have them take pictures using their cell phone and consider the following questions:

Why do different light sources produce different spectra? What can the spectrum tell us? How is spectroscopy used by astronomers and chemists?

Below are some links that may provide answers for your at home experimenters:

https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-spectroscope.htm

https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/toolbox/spectra1.html

https://sciencing.com/prisms-work-4965588.html

Stay healthy and safe!

Richard Stember, Exec. Dir. Science Heads

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador