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    3 Easy STEM Projects to Keep Your Kid from Saying “I’m Bored” This Summer

    3 Easy STEM Projects to Keep Your Kid from Saying “I’m Bored” This Summer

    August 21, 2018

    We all have fond memories of summer vacation as children and young teenagers. For kids, summer means later having later bedtimes, fewer responsibilities, the freedom to explore or to stay inside and read or watch television all day. When you become a parent, the meaning of summer often changes. Now that you’re on the other side of things, perhaps you now resonate with trying to survive the chaos of it all – having no structure, and worst of all, hearing “I’m bored” all day long. We’re here to help solve the case of your kids’ boredoms with these awesome engineering projects! Not only will they have fun, but they’ll also learn along the way. Who said summer wasn’t for learning anyway?

    Wiggle Bot

    3 Easy STEM Projects to Keep Your Kid from Saying “I’m Bored” This Summer

    Forget about all those expensive summer camps; build a simple robot that jiggles around a piece of paper, marking unique designs. This project is perfect for kids ages 5-14. The cost of the materials should be no more than $10, and it should take around 30 minutes to complete. Watch this demonstration to see if this might be of interest to you and your little one.

    https://youtu.be/sz_232n29WM


    Materials & Supplies Needed:

    • Disposable Cup
    • Electrical Tape
    • 3 Markets
    • 2 AAA Battery Holder
    • 2 AAA Batteries
    • 1.5-3 V DC Motor
    • Clothespin
    • Popsicle Stick
    • Googly Eyes (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Glue (optional as it’s for the google eyes)
    • Head over to Research Parent for the full details!


    Coding a LEGO Maze

    3 Easy STEM Projects to Keep Your Kid from Saying “I’m Bored” This Summer

    It’s difficult to get by these days without technology. If you think your child might find computer coding interesting, give this coding LEGO maze a try! This is recommended for kids in kindergarten through grade 12. Don’t worry about explaining the different computer languages (C, C++, Java, etc.). This STEM project is meant to explain the commonalities between the
    languages themselves.

    Materials & Supplies Needed:

    • Coding a LEGO Maze Printable
    • Thermal Laminating Pouches
    • Thermal Laminator
    • Scissors
    • Paper Cutter (optional)
    • LEGO Figure
    • LEGO Bricks or DUPLO Bricks (optional)

    Head over to here for the full instructions on how to build your LEGO maze!

    Potato Powered Lightbulb

    3 Easy STEM Projects to Keep Your Kid from Saying “I’m Bored” This Summer

    Potatoes can be more than mashed, hashed, baked and boiled. They also make good electricity projects! This project is good for kids ages 5-14.

    Materials & Supplies Needed:

    • One Large Potato
    • Two Pennies
    • Two Pennies
    • Three Pieces of Copper Wire
    • One Very Small Lightbulb or LED Light
    • Knife for Cutting the Potato

    Head over to Sciencing for directions!

    Keep things fun and safe this summer by always acting with care when handling electrical components. These projects are meant to be supervised, so never leave your child alone to complete it.