STEM at Home

5 Tips to Planning the Best STEM Field Trip!

5 Tips to Planning the Best STEM Field Trip!

Exploring a science museum, attending a planetarium show, or touring a local research lab, STEM field trips are the ultimate way to excite students and connect classroom topics to the real world of STEM! Read on for our guide to planning a fun and educational trip based on our adventures in Space Club. 

Inspire with 3D Printed Rockets

Inspire with 3D Printed Rockets

Inspiring kids to pursue their dreams in STEM has been our main goal with Vivify. There are now so many resources available to motivate students with hands-on STEM experiences, but how do you find the best ones? We had a chance meeting with the founder and CEO of RocketEd and are blown away by his passion for STEM education and reaching every student through the awe-inspiring wonder of model rocketry!Read on for our interview with Sam Pedrotty of RocketEd to learn about his wonderful company, FREE resources, and great products to use in your home, classroom, or program.

Earth Day STEM and a FREEBIE

Earth Day STEM and a FREEBIE

Earth Day (April 22nd) is a great opportunity to combine STEM with environmental awareness! Today’s students will be entrusted with preserving our planet for future generations. Industrialization, population growth, oil spills and other dangers threaten the safety of our home.   Learning the science of plant growth and other critical functions of life here on Earth provides the foundation for engineering and technology developments that may save our planet.

This Earth Day, we challenge you to join us in giving kids hands-on STEM challenges that allows them to plant, design, and rescue. Find a freebie at the end of this post for you and your kids to enjoy too!

Valentine's Day STEM Frog Challenge

Valentine's Day STEM Frog Challenge

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and my kids are already plotting how to deliver those special messages to the ones they love! As a STEM educator, a valentine delivery must be more than dropping heart shaped paper into handmade mailboxes. So, we made a Valentine’s Day candy delivery STEM challenge using frogs - origami frogs that is!

Top STEM Gifts

Top STEM Gifts

Be a rockstar (or maybe a rocket scientist!) this holiday season and in the new year with this list of the best STEM gift ideas currently on the market! Why give a STEM gift? They are engaging and educational-- teaching kids new skills, how to be critical thinkers, and helping them gain confidence, all while having fun! 

Thankful for STEM & TAME

Thankful for STEM & TAME

Oh, how thankful I am for STEM! Long before "STEM" became a buzzword, the ancients began calculating and discovering, and building and uncovering, to make their world-- our world -- a better place.  What are you most thankful for? How has STEM been a part of what you are thankful for?

Fall and Halloween STEM

Fall and Halloween STEM

Halloween is almost here, and we have just the thing to celebrate with your kids and classroom! ...an engineering challenge is my favorite way to immerse kids in a hands-on STEM learning environment throughout the fall season

The Importance of Failure

The Importance of Failure

When you hear the word “FAILURE”, what comes to mind? What feelings surface? Failure is something adults face often; for example, in our jobs when we fail to meet a deadline, in our relationships when we fail to act appropriately to situations, and in our homes when we fail to get chores accomplished or items fixed, to name a few. How a person responds to failure, and more importantly, how one goes on to succeed may be based on how he or she is conditioned at a young age.

STEM in Sports

STEM in Sports

The Super Bowl is almost here! While I am planning to consume large amounts of buffalo wings and chips and dip, I am reminded that there is more that goes into this monumental day in America than just good entertainment. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), is present in every aspect of this beloved game. This truth provides a wonderful opportunity to get kids involved in an early love of STEM.

Help, My Elf is Stuck on a Shelf!

Help, My Elf is Stuck on a Shelf!

With days until Christmas, kids can be bundles of restless energy! We can help you channel all that craziness with a fun Christmas themed engineering challenge that will keep your child or students entertained while learning! 

Many families across the country participate in the fun tradition of the Elf on a Shelf. The elf is a magical helper that manages his naughty and nice lists by reporting back to the North Pole each night. Parents have fun placing the elf in all sorts of crazy positions each night, and kids wake up each morning looking for the elf.