Weekly Virtual STEAM Challenges
While our Museum is currently closed due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions our programming continues.
We understand that parents are juggling a lot at home at this time. We have put together some
super fun, self-led (means your child leads their learning), open-ended (means can take as long or a little as you like) projects!
Use whatever materials you have around the house to complete each challenge and be sure to check back each week - you don't want your children missing out on the fun and learning. For added fun, be sure to post your favorite photos of your children's creativity on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Week Six: Join the Celebration
Each of the challenges are designed to be completed over a period of several days.
Day 1. Enjoy the Video(s) and start with Activity A.
Day 2 Kids may want to watch the video(s) again if they like and then engage in Activity B and finally
Day 3 Choose to watch the video(s) again or not and engage in Activity C.
1. WATCH VIDEOs
Suggested Household Items for the activity:
paper plates and cups
paper towel/ tp rolls
DAY 1 (Activity A) MAKE SOME NOISE!
Create: One of the ways that we celebrate holidays is by making music and dancing! Popular instruments in Mexican music are maracas, guitar and trumpet. Can you create your own instrument using things around your house? What does it sound like? How do you play it?
Play: It's time to have some fun! Put on some music and have a dance party with your child as they play their new instrument.
Day 2 (Activity B) DESIGN TIME
Create: build Mexico City. Can you design a flag for your family? Does it have pictures that tell a special story?
Play: Talk to your child about the flag that they created. Why did they choose the design that they chose? Where in your home will you post their special design?
Day 3 (Activity C) SINK OR FLOAT?
Create: The French traveled to Mexico on boat when they attempted to overtake the country. Can you build a sea-worthy boat? Try it out using aluminum foil or popsicle sticks glued together. How many "soldiers" (or coins) can it carry across the sea (your bathtub or sink)!
Play: Experiment with your child to see how much weight their boat can hold. Give them ideas for how to make their design even better and test it out!