TRI-CITIES, WA - With STEM camps closed for the summer, parents may wonder how to keep kids engaged. From virtual tours to educational toys, there are a variety of STEM-related learning opportunities for children of all ages.

Deidre Holmberg, Founder of STEMCore Consulting, recommends the following ways to practice at-home, summer STEM engagement:

  • Check out any of the following websites for digital learning, museum visits, and other interactive experiences:
  • Play with educational toys and games such as:
    • LEGO products including MindStorms
    • Kites
    • Bee Bot
    • Sphero Mini
    • STEM Profession Dress Up Center (safety goggles, lab coats, doctor kit, etc.) 
    • IKEA Lustigt 
    • Gravitrax
    • MagnaTiles
    • List of board games
    • K'NEX Education kits
    • Snap Circuits
    • All The Bells and Whistles-Electronic Playground
    • Old-school cardboard and tape for engineering challenges
  • Cross train your family members by teaching them a new skill! Parents can teach kids how to change a tire, program the sprinklers, cook from scratch, etc. Kids, for example, can teach parents non-standard algorithms for 3rd grade math.
  • Discuss STEM bioethical dilemmas - This gives students the opportunity to express their opinion. Holmberg says students usually tend to be interested in environmental issues.
  • Go on virtual field trips via drone to national parks, wild places far away, natural history museums, etc.

Holmberg is hosting a free Zoom call to teach families how to engage in hands-on, minds-on engineering challenges this summer. Anyone interested can access the free session on July 1 at 5 p.m. at the following web address:

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