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 Seven: Mad Chemists, Unite!
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.
Day 1 VIDEO
Day 2 VIDEO
DAY 1 (Activity A) IT'S BAKING TIME!
Create: Time to put the science to the test! Bake a cake with your family or a family member. (Nothing fancy, you can use a box mix if need be!) Did you see the chemical reaction take place?
Play: Well, this is about as fun as playing ;) ...take some time to sit together and enjoy eating your cake!
Day 2 (Activity B) BAKING TIME, TAKE 2
Create: Had fun in the kitchen yesterday? Let's observe the chemical reaction that takes place when baking bread. What role does the yeast play in this chemical change? Did you know that the yeast organisms feed off sugars and expel carbon dioxide? And, you guessed it, the carbon dioxide causes the dough to rise as it is heated.
Play: One more time for tasty family fun! Enjoy your freshly baked, chemically changed loaf of bread together!
Day 3 (Activity C) REACTION TIME
Create: Create your own potion mixing lab outside! Your ingredients: water, baking soda with a small spoon, white vinegar with a pipette, food coloring, shaving foam with a syringe. See the reactions that take place as you create your own potions using the different ingredients! These are called reactions because the ingredients are reacting to each other. Not quite a chemical change, but still quite fun!
Play: Observe your child's play. Also, ask them questions to see how well they are understanding the cause and effect of mixing the different solutions together. It might be messy, but sometimes learning requires it!
Suggested Household Items for the activity:
paper plates and cups
paper towel/ tp rolls