Summertime is in full swing here in Colorado, filled with suntanned skin, watermelon, pool time, and hiking. If you’re a parent, it’s possible that the novelty of summertime has worn off for the kiddos, and you’re fending off the constant refrain, “I’m BORED!” Luckily for parents, NASA has just released a list of engaging STEM activities that will keep young minds curious and prevent the nefarious “summer slip.”
Whether your child is into ocean ecosystems, space or traveling, NASA has something for everyone. The new list of summertime activities includes directions on how to make Sun S’mores, a game for older kiddos called Go With The Flow that explains ocean currents, and even a graphic novel called The First Woman. The graphic novel tells the story of Callie Rodriguez, a fictional character who is the first female astronaut and person of color to go to the Moon. The novel comes in multiple issues, all of which can be accessed online or in PDF format.
Beyond this list of summertime activities, the NASA website provides a diverse range of STEM resources suitable for various age groups and learning levels. Activities can be filtered by grade levels K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and higher education or by topic to make choosing something to do a breeze. NASA also offers resources for educators, including lesson plans, educator guides and unit plans. They have great free image galleries where teachers can find photos to compliment lesson plans and inspire student projects.
As always, NASA’s dedication to inspiring young scientists and engineers is evident in the wealth and quality of the free resources they provide. These interactive projects, online games and experiments not only cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving, but simultaneously spark imagination and creativity. Through these exciting resources, young minds can develop crucial skills, nurture curiosity and potentially cultivate a lifelong passion for STEM topics. This summer, when your child complains of boredom, let them have a blast with NASA STEM activities. Who knows, they might help pave the way for a bright future filled with endless possibility!