STEM activities at home

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Access free home-learning educational activities in line with the curriculum with accompanying worksheets while schools are closed.

As schools are closed for the forseeable future, we have explored our STEM resources to make home-learning easier for parents to access, and encourage children to take part in fun, educational activities.

We have detailed a list of everyday, reusable resources that you will need for each activity with useful links of where you can buy them online.

Take part and share with us your home-learning creations on social media using #stemathome and #imechestem or email us at education@imeche.org.

Downloadable worksheets for each activity and 'how-to' videos can be found below.

Our STEM Toolkit brochure includes all worksheets & teacher's notes for the following activities:

  • Ball Run
  • Lunar Rover
  • Tower
  • Catapult
  • Bridge Bonanza.

STEM activities and worksheets

Lighthouse - 'New'

Download the Lighthouse worksheet >

Students are tasked to build the tallest, working lighthouse they can using just AA batteries, a bulb &bulb holder, scrap paper, foil and tape. The activity teaches the basics behind designing a free-standing structure and explores the electronics that make lighthouses possible.

Watch how to create a working lighthouse


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Ball Run

Download the Ball Run worksheet (updated) >

Teams will design and build their own Ball Run, and put their final creation to the test. Creativity and stability will be key factors. This activity encourages problem solving, perseverance, , cooperation and spatial thinking.

Watch how to create a Ball Run


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Bridge Bonanza

Catapult

Download the Catapult worksheet

By combining Maths, Engineering and Science skills, teams will design and build their own Catapult’s and battle it out to see who can launch an object the farthest.

Watch how to design a Catapult


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

CD Racer

Download the CD Racer worksheet >

Students will work on their own, or in a team to design and build a CD Racer out of everyday items. The activity teaches Sir Isaac Newton' s laws of motion and theory in a fun and practical way that spans across Key Stages 1-4.

Watch how to create a CD Racer


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Hydraulic Propagator

Download the Hydraulic Propagator worksheet

The Propagator project introduces students to hydraulic systems and their inner workings. Using a few household items and craft materials, students will work in teams, or with help from an adult, to design and build a propagator with a basic hydraulic system that will help them care for their seedlings.

Watch how to create a Hydraulic Propagator

If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Lunar Rover

Download the Lunar Rover worksheet

Teams are challenged to build a functioning rubber band car following the build template provided, or creatively design and build their very own. The rover that travels the furthest distance wins!

Students will learn about potential and kinetic energy, whilst also considering the relationship between mass, force and torque, and the effect they will have on their final design.

Watch how to create a Lunar Rover

If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Tower

Download the Tower worksheet >

Students are challenged to design, build and produce a freestanding tower structure
that is stable enough to support a weight for 10 seconds. Following the engineering design cycle, students will work in teams using limited supplies including lollipop sticks, elastic bands, pegs, bulldog clips and white tac to create their towers.

Watch how to build a Tower


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Certificate of Excellence

Reward the winners of your workshop with a certificate of excellence

I’m an Engineer, Stay at home

I'm An Engineer: Stay At Home

"I'm an Engineer" is an online platform which links students with engineers and enables them to stay connected with STEM during school closures. Through a moderated online chat facility, students are able to engage with engineers and learn about STEM and routes into engineering.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers online Stay at Home Zone, which is partly funded by the IMechE, will run from 20 April to 20 July 2020.

For any engineer interested, please sign up.

Share your work

We would love to see what children are creating while at home.

Share your photos and videos with us at:

education@imeche.org

#stemathome

#imechestem