The holiday season and winters are an exciting time for children. During this time, children are free from academic activities and are enjoying festivities and the snowy wonderland around them. However, the snowy winters come with science-filled surprises that can be used to enhance their STEM skills.
As snow starts to fall and temperatures start to drop, the time for frosty discoveries arrives. Children engage deeply with real-world applications, fostering a love for learning through the lens of winter’s scientific and technological marvels.
The enrichment classes for kids by Mindnasium provide indoor and outdoor activities that encourage children to continue exploring the world around them. With thrilling field trips and exciting experiments, learning about the frosty world around us never ends.
Star Wheels and Constellation Finder
Winter is the best time for stargazing as the night sky is often clear to spot stars. It is an interesting activity for kids who aspire to become space explorers, astronauts, and astrophysicists. Because the winter sky doesn’t hold as much moisture as it does during summers, the sky looks more transparent, with the largest constellations visible from the earth. Using the right tools, it becomes easier to spot the Orion, Sirius and Taurus constellations.
One fun STEM project that children can do in winter is to make star wheels and constellation finders with celestial coordinates. Some materials required to make a star wheel include prints of a star wheel, coloured pencils, scissors, glue, and tape. Glue the star wheel as per the lines on a cardboard. Insert the star wheel within the holder, ensuring it is easier to rotate and decorate the star wheel with coordinates and designs. This project helps children learn about the way longitude and latitudes work to find neighbouring stars, directions, and constellations.
Snowflakes are intricate water and ice crystals that form in clouds when water vapour condenses and freezes, creating unique hexagonal shapes due to varying temperatures and humidity during their descent. Catching and observing snowflakes is an exciting winter STEM activity that opens doors to imaginative science.
To observe snowflakes and ice crystals, children need a magnifying glass, black coloured paper, and the right freezing temperature. As the snow starts to fall, the dark-coloured form is on a dry and cold surface. Mobile phones and cameras with macro lenses can also be used to observe the intricate hexagonal shapes. This winter activity helps us learn about the process of crystal formation, recognizing geometric patterns and the ability to use magnifying objects to keep symmetrical structures,
Thrilling Winter Field Trips
Mindnasium’s winter STEM camps and enrichment classes for kids in Nassau Country include thrilling field trips to the Cradle of Aviation museum. The museum has over one hundred years of aviation history and hundreds of artefacts that inspire children to continue the quest for innovation and discoveries. Their latest full-dome planetarium with newly upgraded pure laser projectors provides a mesmerism virtual reality experience about space and the galaxies we live in.
Their recent drone flying activities provide children with an outstanding opportunity to learn about the science of flying aeroplanes, space shuttles and other objects. Children can also buy stunt drones from museum stores and receive beginner classes from the Vaughn College UAV Club. Children can also enjoy the sensor-guided hover drones with a first-person view and hand gestures. These activities foster a sense of innovation and motivate children to pursue a career in aviation, physics, and aerodynamics.
Winter’s frosty and snowy embrace holds a treasure trove of STEM discoveries for children, with opportunities to ponder upon the galaxy we reside in. Exploring snowflakes’ intricate designs or building resilient snow structures teaches perseverance and scientific principles. By delving into winter’s mysteries, kids learn about weather patterns, animal adaptations, and the math behind snow measurements. From snowflake observations to creating digital weather stations and constellation maps, the wonders of winter await, inviting young minds to explore and revel in the magic of STEM