STEM@Home: Design Squad Global

Revisit one of our favorite design blogs for kids: PBS Kids Design Squad!

Welcome back to the STEM@Home blog. My name is Erica, and I’m one of the virtual camp counselors this summer for ExploreHope! This will be my fourth year working with the ExploreHope science camps. I am majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I was a senior this past year, and I have one more semester left to finish up my student teaching. This summer, I am in Holland enjoying the nice weather, spending time with my family, teaching swimming lessons, and working for the ExploreHope Science Camps.

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?! Check out one of my favorite resources to do STEM at home!

PBS Kids Design Squad Global is a place where you can find lots of engaging and fun STEM challenges. The STEM challenges for all ages range from easy to challenging, and you can find machines, building challenges, art projects, music explorations, and more. So many fun options!

When you click on the STEM challenge it clearly lists all materials needed and step-by-step directions. There is also a video that shows children making the project and talks about the science behind it. There are MANY to choose from, but these are a couple of my favorite STEM activities from PBS Kids Design Squad!

Creating a Hovercraft!

Have you ever seen a homemade hovercraft before? If not, no worries! Head on over to the PBS Kids Design Squad Global website and check out their awesome video on creating the hovercrafts. I loved designing the hovercraft and watching it glide on a table. You can follow the directions closely and create a hovercraft of your own! 

Creating an Air Cannon!

I don’t know about you, but I love running around outside in the summer, and this is a fun toy you can make for outdoor play! The air cannon is made with a few materials and would be fun for the whole family to create. Head on over to the PBS Kids Design Squad Global website to find this activity and start building!

Not only are their activities you can do together as a family, but there are online games and videos that are educational and engaging. I can’t wait for you to explore this website and dive into the fun STEM challenges! -Erica

**Images are all taken from the PBS Kids Design Squad Global website.

July Summer Science Camps!

We still have openings in our July camp offerings for the week of July 20-23 – camps for MS and HS. Check here for descriptions and registration.

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