The world needs kids who treasure science, can conquer the latest technologies, and engineer brave solutions to solve the challenging problems of a new world. Outdoor STEM activities create the next generation of inventors, innovators, and leaders by opening up their minds to the complexities hidden in the beauty of nature.
The basic concepts of STEM learning surround us everyday, and engaging kids with hands-on outdoor STEM activities is an outstanding way to get them involved in nature-based learning. Taking education into the great outdoors – on the road, to the beach, camping, or anywhere outside – transforms summer break into a prime opportunity to introduce kids to outdoor STEM activities that are teeming with the important lessons that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have to offer.
It’s summer. The weather is beautiful. We want you to be outdoors, but that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop. Here are 20 exciting, outdoor STEM activities entice natural exploration and excite little learning minds.
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Build a Balance Scale out of Natural Materials
Nature Tower Building Challenge
Outdoor Paintings with UV Beads
Sunscreen Sun Print Art Project
Forest Counting Scavenger Hunt
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Soil Profile: Mixing Earth Materials
Water Quality Investigation: Exploring Macroinvertebrates
This list of outdoor STEM activities was thoughtfully curated by Sarah Benton Feitlinger.
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Sarah Benton Feitlinger is a science educator with over a decade of experience teaching in museums, nature centers and the science classroom. She now shares her passion for teaching science on her blog, Share it! Science. She loves exploring the outdoors with her family in rural New England.
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