Have fun and learn with Happythought’s STEM themed projects and worksheets
Designed to help develop key skills such as problem solving, creativity and critical analysis in a fun and creative context.
STEM is an approach to learning that integrates areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a creative and practical setting. STEM activities can empower children with practical knowledge and understanding which can then be implemented in the world around them.
This STEM set features 8 creative projects and templates, from parachutes to mathematical puzzles to cipher wheels. These worksheets are primarily designed for elementary and middle school children, but can also be beneficial and fun for both older and younger children.
A fun and easy way to make a parachute. All you’ll need is a sheet of paper, string, a paperclip and some sticky tape. Experiment with different designs and see which works best. Learn about gravity and air resistance.
Make your own dice. Dice can have polyhedral or irregular shapes. They are used for generating random numbers, as part of games, including dice games, board games and role-playing games. In this STEM project you will explore statistics and chance.
3. Codes and Ciphers
Codes and ciphers have been used for thousands of years to send encrypted messages. Learn to encrypt and decrypt your own secret messages with these fun projects.
4. Amazing Balancing Bird
Experiment and learn about balance and mass. If you support an object at its center of mass it will be perfectly balanced – or in a state of ‘static equilibrium.’
5. Magic Squares
Magic squares have fascinated mathematicians for thousands of years. Learn more about the magic in this great introduction to problem solving.
6. Magic Hand
A fun kinetic experiment using paper and water. Watch the magic unfold…
7. Pick the Elixir
An engineering puzzle. Work out which glass will fill first to win the Wizard’s prize.
8. Coding Robot
These days everything is computer-aided. The language that runs computers is coding. Learn about basic coding and steer the robot safely through the maze using coding commands.
Integration is the key to creating a good STEM classroom environment. Connecting all the key factors to work as a whole, rather than as independent subjects.
Parents and teachers class and learning tips
It can be hard to find good quality learning and educational resources. That is why we have put together these worksheets to introduce some basic concepts in science, technology, engineering and maths in a way that is fun as well as educational. These printable STEM sheets are perfect for the classroom, homeschool or as holiday activities. They can be printed in color or black and white.
When you create your lesson, and when you carry it out in practice, you can expect mistakes to occur and new ideas to emerge. STEM aims to foster inquiry in students and to help them work out processes. It is good to experiment with different approaches and to look at the ideas from different angles. Don’t worry if it gets messy – this is often part of the learning process. Be ready to help and guide the learning process where necessary.
Developed by Harvey Olden and Ellen Deakin.