STEM Take Home Kits
Through donations from DonorsChoose.org, PHES Library is able to offer STEM take home kits with supplies and instructions so students can create and tinker utilizing science, technology, engineering, and math principles.
Students can make a wallet out of duct tape using The Kids' Guide to Duct Tape Projects book and bake cookies and cupcakes with the book Delectable Cupcakes with a Side of Science: 4D An Augmented Recipe Science Experience, explaining the science behind their ingredients. Additional kits will involve using Shrinky Dinks to create jewelry, keychains, and vehicles.
The take home kits will be a great way to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in an innovative and fun way! The whole family can be involved in using the kits.
One of the biggest hurdles my students face in the classroom is not realizing the connection between what they are learning and how it applies to the real world. These kits will show them how to create and invent using STEM principles. It will encourage them to explore careers in engineering, architecture, fashion, and the restaurant industry. Students will be required to document their projects and discuss the scientific principles they learned while using the kits when they return the kits to school. They will also share next steps or future projects they would like to undertake using the skills they learned.