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STEM at home lately!

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Last week was one of those weeks when I was surprised from Monday through to Friday with the ideas and creations presented to me by my children. Alice woke up on Monday morning telling me how to make a lava lamp in a glass (she’d discovered this on YouTube) and wanted to know if I had oil, aspirin and food colouring… tick, tick, tick and presto!

This was our lava lamp in a glass (before I’d had a chance to make a coffee!) on Monday morning…

Lava lamp in a glass!

Lava lamp in a glass!

Lava lamp fun with oil, aspirin and red food colouring.

Lava lamp fun with oil, aspirin and red food colouring.

On Tuesday our STEMdeluxe kit from Steve Spangler arrived, so all other projects were side-lined on Tuesday whilst we had fun with fake snow making!

Fake snow fun!

Fake snow fun!

Rainbow snow!

Rainbow snow!

Rainbow snow result!

Rainbow snow result!

Later in the week Alice discovered a great channel on YouTube, called Mini Gear, and wrote down the instructions needed for us to make this clever little money box together! It was a great project for 8 year old Alice to learn about careful measuring, following instructions and then cutting and constructing to make the mechanism work (I had time to make a coffee alongside the making too!).

Making....

Making….

Finished money box!

Finished money box!

Here’s the instructional video if you’d like to have a go at home!

Meanwhile, Sophie received her latest ‘Tinker’ crate from KiwiCo and has started to learn about hydraulics by making a hydraulic claw.

She also taught Alice some computer programming using Lightbot

Using Lightbot to learn about computer coding

Using Lightbot to learn about computer coding

Learning computer programming basics with Lightbot

Learning computer programming basics with Lightbot