STEAM Activity for Kids – Create a Binary Code Keychain

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Combine STEM and art to make STEAM with our new Code a Keychain! For this activity, you will learn how to use the binary coding system while creating a keychains. Kids can “code” their own initials using black and white beads following the binary code. The EduCraft® instruction includes information about coding and more. This comes in a pack of 24 and is great for the classroom and afterschool.

If you would like to save and print this activity, here is an easy printable version

Age Group: 6 and upSTEM coding keychain
Project Time: 20 minutes

Your kit contains:

  • White Beads
  • Black Beads
  • Assorted Colored Beads
  • Cord
  • Split Rings

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5 STEAM Building Challenges for Your Program

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STEAM building challenge

Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.

Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks

I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.

We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!

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STEM & STEAM Activity Ideas for Physical Education

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STEAM and physical education

Whether you have been challenged to integrate STEM concepts into your PE class, your school is having a STEAM activity day/night or week, or you are looking to partner with Science and Math teachers in your school to enhance learning for your students – we have gathered up a few activities to inspire you.

Why You Should Try Teaming Together STEM and Physical Education?

We have heard from many PE Teachers that finding activities that incorporate STEM are not exactly “easy”, but the benefits of doing so can be very beneficial to students. Research from our friends at Active Schools tells us that kids who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are more successful in school. PE Teachers that are actively pairing STEM and PE by incorporating physical movement into lessons are seeing the effects it has on the retention and understanding of important science and math concepts. Continue reading



4 Star Wars Makerspace Activities for Kids

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star wars makerspace

Looking for themed Makerspace activity ideas for your school or afterschool program? Here are 4 Star Wars activities that will inspire students to be creative and inventive!

Star Wars Character

Star Wars Makerspace activities

Activity: Build your own Star Wars character!

Suggested Materials:

  • CD’s
  • Cardboard boxes/rolls
  • Egg Cartons
  • Fabric/sheets
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems
  • Markers
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Foil
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue
  • Duct Tape

Step 1: Preparing your Makerspace

  • Gather recycled materials such as CD’s, cardboard boxes/rolls, egg cartons, and sheets/fabric scraps.
  • Gather, purchase, and organize different craft materials and tools (see suggested materials) for makers to use to create their Star Wars character. Tools include plenty of glue, scissors, duct tape, and other adhesives.

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Makerspace & STEAM Learning Activity – Destination Imagination

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Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit experiential learning organization dedicated to preparing students for the future through hands-on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship Challenges. Students work together in teams to solve one of our seven Challenges and then have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at tournaments. At the culmination of our Destination Imagination season, top-tiered teams from around the world earn a spot to compete at Global Finals – the world’s largest celebration of creativity. This year’s Global Finals was held May 24-27, 2017 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was supported by innovative, forward-thinking companies including Ford Motor Company. Continue reading



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