Keep your kid’s brain engaged during winter break with these resources that were created by our math and science education and research experts and funded by the National Science Foundation along with other funding agencies.
Age Group: Preschool
Topic: Engineering process
Sparks! Spanish and English activity ideas are fun and easy ways for families to learn together at home and support preschool-age children’s development. Spark family engagement with engineering design — have your child build a tower or hide a toy and draw a map to develop thinking and processing skills.
Focus on Energy is an innovative approach for teaching and learning about energy in grades 4-5. Three short (4-5 session) units and an engineering design challenge include firsthand, guided explorations of energy in everyday phenomena. In 'What can motion tell us about energy?' children use a ball and ramp to explore how much motion energy an object has. Videos throughout support the teaching and learning.
Mixing in Math games, projects, and activities mix math into your day. Where’s the math? It’s everywhere: in the strategies you develop when you play the Name Game, the shapes in the paper tube structures you create with Build a Hideout, the portion sizes when you play Food Fight, and the rating you give today’s weather when you Rate It. 'Talk Abouts' bring out the math and offer ideas on things to talk over or think about. Available in English and Spanish for elementary grades and above.
Study of Place consists of two web-based science units that give middle grade students access to technological tools and resources used by scientists and provide opportunities for authentic inquiry about the interconnectedness of our world. In Antarctic Exploration, you explore the relationship between the expanse of sea ice and seasonal change, framed by the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to Antarctica. When his ship became icebound and was crushed to pieces, he and his crew survived before being rescued 2 years after their journey began.
See Earth through the Astronauts' lens! Astronauts on the International Space Station take hundreds of photos each day. Search for images of the Earth, clouds, aurora, or cities at night! Test your knowledge and guess the mystery image of the day.