This week’s STEAM Star is Wade Scheuermann! He visited Kesler Park and decided to replicate the Mississippi River Flood Markers in this project. Wade is nine-years-old and will be entering 4th grade at Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary School. Thank you Wade for sharing your idea!
This STEAM project is an original project idea from nine-year-old Wade Scheuermann of Quincy. He visited Kessler Park on the riverfront with his family and decided to recreate the flood markers using recyclable materials. He drew pictures, took notes, and snapped photos for reference before he got started.
Homemade Black Snake Fireworks
This week’s STEAM Star is Tristan Jennings! He demonstrated how to make a homemade black snake, just in time for Independence Day!
This STEAM project from Science Notes shows you how to make a popular, non-exploding firework: the black snake. You can purchase these fireworks but they are also easy to make with ingredients from your kitchen!
Design A Paper Circuit Card
This week’s STEAM Star is Dorian Maglioccowho will be a fourth grader at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School. Doriancreated a paper circuit Father’s Day card that incorporates science, technology, and art. Thank you Dorian for creating this fun activity for us!
How does an electrical circuit work?Electricity can be found everywhere you look. Electrical circuits are used to power light bulbs, televisions, computers, and more! Circuits are a simple, fascinating way to better understand building and engineering. To create a simple circuit, you will need a battery, wire, and a light.
Design A Picture With Salt Paint!
This week’s STEAM Star is Leah Welker, an 8th grader at Quincy Junior High School. She is trying out one of most popular STEAM projects, salt painting. Thank you Leah for creating this fun activity for us!
This fun STEAM project from busymommedia.com uses the power of salt absorption to create a unique work of art. In the process of creating a salt painting, you’ll see first hand how salt effectively absorbs moisture from the environment.
Before starting the project, discuss how salt is used not just to favor our food but also prevents food from spoiling. Salt absorbs moisture from its surroundings helping to inhibit the growth of bacteria in foods. With that in mind, observe how quickly and effectively salt absorbs the watercolors.
It’s time to pull out an album from your record collection or pick up one from a thrift store! Grab a partner and some simple supplies and you can make a turntable to listen to a vinyl LP without electricity. This activity teaches aspects of engineering and technology, and the physics behind sound waves. Thank you Eli and Kate Carlson for submitting your project and being this week’s Arts Quincy STEAM Stars!
The Tin Foil Boat Challenge
Thank you Isabella and Jackson Weppler of Ursa for providing this fun activity! Isabella is in fifth grade at Unity Middle School and Jackson is in fourth grade at Unity Elementary School.
The tin foil boat challenge asks kids to think outside the box and build a unique boat that will float and hold 100 pennies. This two-part experiment can be done with items you already have around your home. To set up, give kids a sheet of tin foil and present them with other materials that will help them build a stable boat. Some supplies that may be useful include wooden craft sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, tape and glue. Next, you’ll fill a large sink or a clear storage tote with water. If weather allows, this activity is best outdoors!
Let’s make Oobleck!
Is it a liquid or is it a solid? Oobleck!
Thank you Paige and Gavin Schumacher for providing this fun activity! Paige is 17 and a junior at QHS. Gavin is 14 and a freshman at QHS.
It’s sometimes difficult for my brother to agree with me on a project, but we’ve always loved doing an activity that mixes art, science, books and a mess! You may have heard about oobleck in science, but we first read about it in Dr. Seuss’s book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. In the story, the king wants something new to happen. The result, a magician makes oobleck fall from the sky and it’s impossible to remove (except through the power of a sincere apology, of course.) While not magical, this homemade oobleck is even more amazing. This project is fun for families of all ages and clean-up is just hot water and a rag! So, get to making your own oobleck!
how to Make your own terrarium!
Ideas for you and your family to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math in your home! Follow along as we give you step-by-step directions on how to make your own terrarium. You’ll find additional resources to make a lesson plan for students of all ages at the end of this article! Thank you Megan Duesterhaus-AuBuchon for providing this fun activity.
Terrarium facts & tips: Terrariums are a fantastic option for a low maintenance, primarily self-sustaining indoor planter. In a closed system, the water inside the container will continuously evaporate and water the plants each time. Additionally, dead growth from the plants provides a food source. Closed containers are best for plants that thrive in high humidity. If your terrarium is going to utilize succulents, it’s best to leave the container open. Activated charcoal keeps water fresh and keeps bacterial growth under control. In a closed container, it keeps the terrarium from becoming foul smelling. You can use any plants that grow well in a small space and can manage high humidity and temperature changes. It is even possible to source plants from your yard – including “weeds.” Choose plants small enough to fit in the container without touching the sides.
How to make Homemade Bubbles
Children love blowing bubbles. Even older children enjoy getting in on bubble fun! Follow along as we give you step-by-step directions on how to make your own homemade bubble mixture. You’ll find additional resources to make a lesson plan for students of all ages at the end of this post!
Ideas for you and your family to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math in your home!
Welcome to our STEAM lesson from Arts Quincy! We’re going to bring you a fun family project that’s adaptable for all ages and can bring STEAM education right into your living room. Today’s project is Create Your Own Weather Studio, and with the spring time weather blooming all around, it’s a fun time of year to take a closer look at the outdoors.