STEM Activity: Science Spot
Create a special spot for exploring science and invention! The best way to make these fascinating subjects an everyday part of life is to keep them top of mind.
- Consumables (e.g., aluminum foil, straws, string)
- Science-type toys or objects (e.g., magnets, magnifying glasses, washers)
- Writing and drawing materials (e.g., markers, paper, pencils)
- Identify a spot that shouts “Science and invention happen here!” It could be a corner of a room, garage or basement, or even a small tub on an open shelf. The idea is to have easy access to materials that encourage exploration and discovery.
- Search through the toy bin, junk drawer and recycling bin to find items that can be used for science exploration and invention prototype (model) making.
- Consider adding a sign, some hooks and maybe even a few containers or baskets.
- Upcycle mint tins for tiny parts, ask a florist for spare water tubes to use as test tubes or purchase eye droppers at the drug store to experiment with colored water. There’s no way to go wrong with creating a special spot for science and invention!
Educators: Use this activity in the classroom with these modifications!
Find a spot in your classroom that can serve as a dedicated science corner. If you have space, consider adding a cart with recyclable materials. Sometimes businesses and factories have scrap materials they are willing to donate (e.g., bottle caps, fabric pieces, containers, etc.) that can be used by children to make invention prototypes (models). Include paper, pencils and markers for idea sketching, as well as books and objects from nature. Be sure to help students understand that this space is for them to pursue their curiosity as a scientist, maker and inventor!
What are we learning?
While inventing or exploring science does not require an official spot or location, creating one can help children (and adults) be more mindful of weaving science into everyday activities. When children approach a space of this nature, they are reminded that they have the ability to make, experiment, discover and invent!