Mass STEM Week Oct 19-23, 2020

The Springfield Museums, a member of the Pioneer Valley STEM Network, are excited to join in celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week, October 19-23. The free resources included on this page are available for use in any and all learning environments. From at-home family STEM adventures to virtual classwork for an entire grade level, we hope you find these activities and challenges to be engaging, educational and fun!

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Breaking Barriers: Gender Equity in STEM
Thursday, October 22 at 12:15 pm

Lecture is free in support of Massachusetts STEM Week! Presentation will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. Please register in advance in order to access the program.

As part of the Springfield Museum’s ongoing work to highlight innovators in science, this lecture will focus on gender equity in STEM: looking at barriers to participation, the challenges women and non-binary folks face in STEM fields, and ways to broaden our own knowledge in order to influence future generations of STEM (and STEAM!) innovators.

Presented by Anne Thalheimer, PhD, Springfield Museums Science Educator

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Biomathematician Neha Murad
Videos

An Introduction to the Springfield Science Museum Space Suit

The Night Sky

Seussian Science

I Can Name 50 Trees Today

Learn why leaves are so important to trees, the job that they do, and how to identify trees around you. Make a leaf rubbings and pressed leaves. Print your leaf identification sheet and go on a hunt in your neighborhood.

I Can Name 50 Trees Today
Leaf Idenitification Chart

There’s No Place Like Space!

Learn about constellations and make models of the ones you might see at this time of year using simple materials like marshmallows and toothpicks.

Seussian Space Activity Instructions

Who Hatches the Egg?

Take a close look at an edible egg, examining it up close. Learn how even the hard to see parts help the egg grow, then create a diagram.

The Incredible Egg Activity
Draw the Incredible Egg

Safari, So Good

Make a pair of toilet paper tube binoculars and go on a safari looking for local wildlife in your neighborhood.

Make Your own Safari Viewers
Field Guide Neighborhood Safari

Hark! A Shark!

Learn about shark’s unique adaptations and do a science experiment that helps us understand why sharks move so easily through the ocean.

How Do Sharks Float?

If I Ran the Horse Show

Print out this horse diagram created by illustrator and museum educator Amanda Putnam. Horse show judges look for elements like balance, muscling, and structure. Learn the names for different parts of horses’ anatomy and then color the horse in any color or pattern you choose.

The Horsey Handout

Bird Wing Inventions

As humans dreamed of flying, they looked to birds for inspiration. Early planes were designed to mimic the shapes of birds. Learn about the different wing shapes and see how they fly. How can each wing shape be used for different flying inventions?

Bird Wing Activity Instructions
Bird Wing Templates
Family Science Experiments

Original activities created by the Science Museum staff and inspired by our collections. Be sure to ask your adult to assist you!

Floating Ink Experiment Directions
Make it Rain Activity Instructions
Leak Proof Bag Experiment
Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction Experiment
Inertia Challenge
Famous Scientists CLothespin Puppets
Unbreakable Egg Experiment
Super Shiny Pennies Experiment
At the Museums: Spark!Lab

Spark!Lab is a dynamic learning space where children, families, and groups create, innovate, collaborate, problem-solve, and invent.

Through hands-on activities, they learn about the invention process, inventors and inventions in American history, and innovations that are changing our world today. Most importantly, they are empowered to create their own inventions and to solve problems in individual and unique ways.

Spark!Lab is the flagship educational initiative of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Smithsonian Institution

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Spark!Lab