With the rise of COVID-19, many families have transitioned to working and learning at home. OneNet wants to help families with STEM activity resources that can be completed at home, for all ages. The organizations listed here offer a wide array of activities for families to choose from to encourage their children’s interest in STEM.
Oklahoma’s Geological Survey
Oklahoma Geological Survey offers a series of publications that concentrates on geosciences for families and students to learn at home. Students in grades 7-12 are introduced to a variety of lessons about fossils coming alive, making of a landscape, and many more topics related to the STEM field. The lessons include easy experiments to do at home such as making p waves and s waves with a slinky, DIY fossils, and an earthquake detection seismometer. Learn more at Geological Survey Distanced Learning – Oklahoma Rocks!
EngineerGirl is a web-based program run by the National Academy of Engineering designed to help students, especially girls, explore the many opportunities available to them in engineering. The website is full of fantastic resources to help inspire the next generation of engineers, including profiles of current women in engineering, a place to submit questions to engineers, hands-on design challenges, and more. EngineerGirl also offers an annual writing contest and the EngineerGirl Ambassadors program. Learn more at Engineer Girl.
OKCollegeStart provides a list of career exploration tools for young adults, teenagers and their families to learn more about different careers. They offer career clusters, such as education and training, STEM programs, business management and many more. Allowing students and their families to search for careers that match their personality, goals and future plans. They also offer resources to find internships, financial aid, and tips to develop a portfolio. Learn more at OK College Start
NASA STEM Program
The NASA program offers a variety of STEM activities for all grade levels. For kids who are grades K-4, NASA has games, such as building your very own Mars helicopter. Children between grades 5-8 can complete activities such as building a model SLS Rocket and building a spacecraft to protect astronauts. For high school students, NASA offers more technological activities, such as changing the planet by going green and making helicopters that can travel to Mars to collect information. They also offer a programs concentrated on activities for children and families in geosciences, as well as STEM, aimed at students in grades 7-12. Learn more at NASA Stem Engagement.
Sam Noble Museum STEM Activities
Sam Noble Museum is Oklahoma’s Museum of Natural History. The museum has STEM activities that include experiments, crafts and games. They have activities for children from ages 5-11. Not only are there spring activities, there are summer activities as well for children and their family to do together. One option they offer is a distance summer camp in your home with special videos from the educators and museum. They also offer activities such as Mission Possible and Wild about Science and help with recommended reading. Learn more at Sam Noble Museum STEM Activities.