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Bundle: STEM Family Night Planning Guide, STEM Activity Instructions, Posters

Vivify STEM
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    Host a STEM or STEAM Family Night to generate excitement for STEM through hands-on activities and engage the whole school in the benefits of STEM learning!

    Now updated with a planning & activity guide for an-virtual STEM family event!

    **Spanish Version of Handouts available here**

    This all-inclusive planning guide has everything you need to host a successful STEM Family Night! The guide was created after experience hosting several successful Family Nights with over 350 participants. The activities have been vetted by math and science teachers for both elementary and middle school participants and their families. We hope this guide will give you the confidence to host your own amazing STEM Night!

    A STEM Family Night is an evening of hands-on academic activities for students and families to explore together. STEM stations are aligned to elementary and middle school science and math standards and connect to relevant STEM career pathways. Stations activities include science, math, technology, engineering, programming, STEM careers, design principals, and art. These stations would also be relevant for a “STEAM” event as art, creativity, and design are inherent to all the activities.

    Activity Guides Includes:

    1. Build A Boat
    2. Mighty Machines
    3. STEM Mural
    4. Drag Device
    5. Tallest Tower
    6. Computer Animation
    7. Blobs In A Bottle
    8. Space Docking
    9. Straw Rockets
    10. Heart Rate Math
    11. Paper Football Game
    12. Bird Feeder
    13. Hoop Glider
    14. Slime

    Five Bonus Stations!

    15. Forensics Fun

    16. Explore the Universe Scavenger Hunt

    17. Makey Makey Activity

    18. Paper Circuits

    19. Stop Motion Animation

    Planning Guide Includes:

    • Overview including step-by-step planning instructions
    • STEM Night Planning Checklist
    • Budget including links to materials
    • Editable Marketing Materials
    • 14 STEM Night Challenges that include: Materials required, Teacher instructions, Station Sign, Participant hand-outs, Pictures of activity in action
    • Engineering Design Process Poster
    • Editable STEM Night Passport
    • STEM Resource Handouts


    All-virtual Planning Guide Includes:

    Engineering design challenges using simple materials (paper, cereal boxes, paper cups, tape, etc.) found at home. Each challenge has an editable student guide and instructional video.

    1. Rollercoaster
    2. Space Lander
    3. Virus Protection Device
    4. Musical Instrument
    5. Pirate Ship
    6. Astronaut Suit
    7. Superhero Arm

    Instructional STEM Videos: Each of the activities in the virtual event planning guide has an instructional video where an engineer guides students through the design challenge. The videos include examples of materials to use from home. Each video features:

    • Science Concepts
    • Real-world Connections
    • STEM Careers
    • Step-by-step instructions
    • Engineering design challenge instructions


    Read more about STEM Family Nights here.

    Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

    About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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