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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Build a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse!

Here is a quick DIY project to build your own pinhole projector. What is a pinhole projector? It is a simple device that allows you to project an image without looking directly at it. This is perfect for viewing a solar eclipse, since it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun, even when it is eclipsed. Building, designing, and engineering a pinhole projector is a great way to get kids engaged and excited to view the eclipse that will be visible across the United States on August 21st, 2017.

The design is simple and only uses a few materials that you most likely already have at home, in the kitchen or recycling bin. A great project for upper elementary or middle-school, or even younger kids with a bit of help from an adult.

Build a Pinhole Projector to Safely View the Solar Eclipse

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You can find the directions for the pinhole projector on my guest contributor post on From ABCs to ACTs.

Build a Pinhole Projector to Safely View the Solar Eclipse

You'll probably also want to get some solar glasses, which can be purchased fairly inexpensively as well. (Regular sunglasses are not sufficient eye protection.) This way you can see how well your pinhole projector works, and then also view the eclipse through the glasses. Be sure to NEVER look at the eclipse with your naked eye, as it can cause permanent damage.

Solar Eclipse Glasses at Steve Spanler Science
You won't want to miss our post on the details of the solar eclipse and everything you need to know about safe viewing. You can also explore the concept of eclipses to really understand what is happening with this quick lesson idea.

Not only is it exciting that the solar eclipse will be visible this summer, but it also provides a great summer vacation learning opportunity. We are so excited about eclipse viewing! Be sure to learn more to see if you'll see a total eclipse in your area!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

DIY At-Home Science, STEM and STEAM Summer Camps

Are you looking for an engaging, fun and educational way to spend the summer with the kids without spending a lot of money? We've included a bunch of great ideas for creating your own science, STEM and STEAM camp right at home this year. These plans would also be excellent for daycare, traditional camps and summer schools.

From kits that are completely packed and planned for you, to activities you can put together with supplies from home, you'll definitely find something useful here. Not only will providing science, technology, engineering, art and math activities boost your kid's brains and help combat the summer slide, but they are also super fun!

DIY Science, STEM and STEAM Summer Camps

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DIY Science, STEM and STEAM Summer Camp


Here are 5 days of Science Camp including science experiments, games and snacks you can do right at home, just collect up the materials!

Kids love nature? Check out these ideas for a DIY Science and Nature Camp including worms, seeds, leaves, trees, bugs, turtles, etc.

If you have kids ages 3-6, you won't want to miss this free STEM camp, with 5 days of STEM themed book explorations! 

https://steamkidsbooks.com/camp-steam/?ref=26&campaign=camp

We are big fans of the STEAM Kids book series, and this year they are offering STEAM Camp! This at-home camp offers 5 days of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities aimed at kids ages 4-10. What makes this one even more special is that you're not alone! You'll have a camp success guide and access to a member's only Facebook group where your STEAM "camp counselors", the authors of STEAM Camp, will be available to help you out.

**Save $15 by pre-ordering STEAM Camp before June 14th, 2017!** 



Try this DIY Science Camp for 16 activities ranging from backyard geysers to homemade silly putty.

This at-home Science Camp features daily themes like the water cycle and separating molecules. Each day includes a themed activity, snack and craft ideas.

You'll find a week of experiments from things you most likely already have in your kitchen with this DIY Science Camp. Activities include "Composting Detectives" and "Homemade Soda".


This summer Steve Spangler Science is offering a 5 day, at home STEM Camp. If you are looking for activities that include all the supplies and directions, then this one is for you. Nothing to collect up or plan ahead for, and you'll still save a fortune compared to sending them to themed day camp or sleep-away camp. You can learn more here.
 
Steve explains STEM Camp for Parents & Grandparents in a quick video! Watch to learn all about Summer Learning with STEM Camp.

STEM Camp Collection

More Science, STEM and STEAM Activities to Fill Your Summer Days


If you're looking for other fun science, STEM and STEAM activities you won't want to miss these. Check out the Spectacular Summer Series featured here. 8 different summer science themed blog posts.

http://www.shareitscience.com/2016/06/summer-science-STEM-activities.html

Try a STEM engineering challenge, like designing a solar oven or building a nature sculpture.

5 days of STEAM activities from building Rube Goldberg machines to hosting a Family STEAM night with the Children's STEAM Festival.

Create beautiful nature art with these printables. 

Stop Summer Boredom Before It Begins!

Build your own maker space or tinker kit with these ideas.

Use free apps to identify plants and create your own yard map.

You also won't want to miss the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017!

http://www.shareitscience.com/2017/05/the-great-american-solar-eclipse-safe-viewing-education-resources.html