STEM Activity App
The STEM Activity App
The STEM Activity App delivers engaging, accessible STEM activities to families, teachers, and students.
The Aspire Institute received two Sylvia Earl Innovation Awards to develop and pilot the STEM activity web application. Almost 400 users from across the country are participating in our current program pilot. Teachers are using the exercises to engage their classrooms in hands-on, exploratory learning, and families comment daily on their experiences and discoveries.
Pilot participants receive three STEM Activities by email each week and submit responses on the STEM Activity App Website which contains additional information and engagement opportunities. For the next iteration of the STEM Activity App, we are designing a native app for smartphones and tablets as well as upgrading the current website - stay tuned!
Examples of Activities Featured in the App:
1. Design your own airplane. Begin with one sheet of paper. Launch as is and see what happens. Now fold it once and launch it again. Did it go further? Fold and trim the paper and see which designs glide the farthest. Why do you think some designs are better gliders than others? What's the farthest you can make your airplane go? - The Discovery Museums
2. How long does it take your heart to beat 100 times? Find your pulse and count out 100 heartbeats while timing yourself. Have a family member do the same. Does it take the same amount of time for both of you to reach 100 heartbeats? Why or why not? Knowing how long it takes your heart to beat 100 times, figure out how long it would take for it to beat 1000 times.
3. How long can you keep an ice cube from melting in your warm kitchen? Try using paper, plastic, or foam cups to hold the ice cube. You can also try wrapping the cups in foil, newspaper, or bubble wrap. Which material or combination of materials do you think will make the best insulators? That is, which material do you think will keep the ice from melting the longest? Make a prediction before you begin! - The Discovery Museums
To learn more about the STEM Activity App, please contact Barbara Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-879-2194.