STEAM Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Hands-On Projects for Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (Paperback)
While many aspiring artists don't necessarily identify with STEM subjects, and many young inventors don’t see the need for art, one is essential to the other. Revealing this connection and encouraging kids to explore it fills hungry minds with tools essential to problem solving and creative thinking. Each of the projects in this book is designed to demonstrate that the deeper you look into art, the more engineering and math you’ll find. "The STEAM Behind the Fun" sections throughout explain the science behind the art.
- Angular momentum by making tie-dyed fidget spinners
- Electrical conductors by making graphite circuits
- Kinetic energy by making a rubber band shooter
- Symmetry by making fruit and veggie stamps
- And much more!
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
About the Author
Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for 10 years and earning her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon, she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, chronicling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to share her enthusiasm for science led to regular television appearances, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app. Her goal is to make it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, and STEAM Lab for Kids.
Liz Heinecke’s STEAM Lab for Kids is one of the best tools I have ever encountered for teaching relationships between STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the arts. The projects are fun, exciting, and engaging. From safety tips and hits to clear step-by-step instructions and materials lists, this book makes STEAM fun and user-friendly. The products of the hands-on labs are absolutely beautiful – these could easily be used as gifts for family and friends! Sure to inspire any young scientist, the short explanations of “the STEAM behind the fun” and “creative enrichment” for each lab are wonderful additions. Also, I am pleased to see photos of a diverse group of children sharing their joy in doing the labs; I cannot express the value that such a consideration brings. As a scientist, I am thrilled to see the many STEM concepts that I use on a daily basis integrated so creatively with art using materials that are around the house or at local craft and tool stores. I want to try all 52 with my son! I cannot wait to use these labs for my future science outreach.