Unplugged STEM activities students can do to reset and recharge
We’ve been living online now for over a year. Digital apps such as FaceTime, Zoom and Google Classroom have kept us safe by allowing us to work, learn and play from home. But, while these technologies may shield us from COVID-19, it is important we balance our screen time to promote health and well-being.
As we emerge from our winter dens, remember to take some time to unplug between enjoying virtual hangouts and online games. Taking a break from screens – even if only for a few minutes – can help reduce stress, increase focus and improve our connection with people and nature.
Here is a curated list of unplugged STEM activities from Actua and its network to help students reset and recharge:
- Nature Walk – Appreciation for the Trees: Participants are encouraged to join our network member TRACKS based at Trent University for a walk in the early spring, identify various aspects of growth in nature and discuss the diversity of plants in the area and the seasonal changes that take place.
- Rainbow Tube: With our network member Worlds UNBound at the University of New-Brunswick, participants will learn about density by making their own rainbow tube. By mixing different liquids of different densities and adding in colours, participants will create a demonstration of the beauty in chemistry.
- Flower Dissection: Watch this step-by-step guide from our network member Superior Science at Lakehead University to learn about how to dissect a flower and grow your knowledge of plants.
- Catch the Wind: Participants will create their own anemometer (wind-measuring device) from household objects, and learn how it measures wind speed with the help of our network member EYES at the University of Regina.
- Actua at Home Balancing Bird Activity: Participants learn about the centre of gravity by making a bird out of cardboard that can balance on anything.
- Actua at Home Oceanography Booklet: An Actua activity book that let’s participants dive deep into the world of our oceans to learn about food webs and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
- Éclairs et le tonnerre (Lightning and Thunder): [French only] La foudre, les éclairs et le tonnerre sont des phénomènes naturels captivants à regarder lors d’un orage, mais en quoi consistent-ils vraiment? Découvrez le fonctionnement de ces phénomènes en reproduisant un éclair par vous-mêmes avec l’aide de notre membre de réseau Folie Technique à Polytechnique Montréal.
For more activities, visit our network member websites and Actua’s complete library of curated STEM resources.