STEM : Family STEM

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About the Program

  • Designed for families with the objective of providing an introduction to STEM concepts for all ages in a fun and relaxed setting. 
  • Pre-registration is recommended. All ages are welcome, with caregiver.
  • Explore different STEM concepts with dynamic demonstrations, excellent experiments, and spectacular special guests!
  • Enhanced with suggested resources and activities to further explore concepts at home with friends and family.
  • Special guest presenters include NSU professors and students, community organizations and NSU's Science Alive! a unique program under the direction of Emily Schmitt Lavin Ph.D., Professor in Biology, Interim Biology Department Chair, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. 

Dig Deeper!

Bats are not really vampires, but you may have some "energy vampires" living at home! Check out some of our books on bats and energy to learn more about the benefits bats really have to offer, as well as the appliances you may have at home that can have a negative impact on the environment.

For more information about energy and sustainability, please visit Broward County's Environmental Planning and Community Resilience website.

For more information about the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation program, please click here.

How do the principles of balance, gravity, momentum, and centrifugal force work? Check out one of our library books to find out more!

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering, and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

The key to a great science experiment is working through the scientific method*, step by step, and that starts with asking questions about the things that interest you in the world that surrounds you.

The projects you find here are just starting points that highlight some of the steps of the scientific method and help to bring it to life... forming questions, making a hypothesis, identifying variables and controls.  Keep these things in mind as you embark on your scientific journey!  Check out this book list for even more awesome resources available at your library!

Bubble Science!

Questions: Are bubbles always round?  Can a bubble be square?  What proportions of dish soap and water make the best bubbles?  What difference can be observed using 2D vs. 3D frames for making bubbles? 

Examine bubbles up close with the help of carbon dioxide!

Bubble fun for the preschool set*

Bouncing eggs, bendable bones and fizzing chalk!

Did you know an egg can bounce??

Try this:

In a cup, cover 1 egg with vinegar every day for 5 days (brown shells make for better observation). Be precise and control your variables- use the same type and amount of vinegar for each egg, start soaking at the same time each day, use eggs from the same source.

Research what makes up an egg shell*.  Research what effect vinegar has on that substance. What do you think will happen to the eggs based on your research?

On the 5th day observe each egg closely and record what you find.  Touch each egg, smell each egg, try gently bouncing each egg on a smooth surface.  Record your observations.  Create a chart to illustrate your findings.

You might also try soaking just 1 egg and observing how it changes over the course of 24 hours, checking every 3-4 hours to observe any changes.

Iodine Clock Reaction:

This experiment requires that you do some research on iodine * and ascorbic acid *(vitamin c).

Ice Floats?

How does ice behave in different substances?  What does the behavior of ice tell you about a substance? 

Try this:

In three different cups, measure out the same amount of each of three substances: oil, water and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. 

Drop an ice cube into each cup and observe how it behaves in each of the three liquids. 

Does it float or sink?  To understand these reactions you will need to do some research on density and buoyancy. *

Milk Swirl

Who knew the fat content of milk could create such colorful reactions?!

Using simple and easily obtained materials (milk, food coloring and dish detergent) this is a great experiment for observing variables. Which type of cow's milk yields the most dramatic color bursts?  What about if you use almond or soy milk?  What do these reactions tell you about the fat content of the types of milk you choose to work with? Can you guess they type of milk based on the reaction? 

 

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

Digestion:

Enzyme Experimentation! * Try these awesome experiments from Gale Science in Context with items easily found at the grocery store.

William Beaumont did what?!  Learn more about this physician and scientist who performed many unusual experiments that furthered scientific knowledge of the human digestive process. *

Cells:

Learn cell parts and functions with World Book Classroom Science Power and Gale Science in Context! *

 

 

 

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

Maggie's Earth Adventures is a great place to find resources related to the earth and our environment!  Sign up to receive Weekly Activity Packets that can be used by teachers and home educators to develop lessons about conservation and environmental studies. 

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to dig deeper and explore further!  Use the resources below to explore more thoroughly the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

TOPIC: The Human Brain and the 5 Senses

General Brain Resources:

  • Find magazine articles, videos, images, biographies, websites and more from Gale Science in Context .*
  • Brainfacts.org offers easy-to-use teaching resources, activities to engage young people’s interest, and educational tools sorted by grade, topic, and resource type

  • Dana Foundation provides brain resources for kids from a "private, philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.  

  • Anatomy of a sheep's brain from Exploratorium!

Sense of Touch:

Taste and Smell:

Sound and hearing:

  • Visit our Afterschool STEM "Science of Sound" resource page and learn all about hearing and sound.

Vision:

  • Vision is sight, the act of seeing with the eyes. In humans, sight conveys more information to the brain than either hearing, touch, taste, or smell, and contributes enormously to memory and other requirements for our normal, everyday functioning. *
  • Optical illusions that will blow your mind!

The goal of the Family STEM program is to ignite a spark of interest in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's up to you to take it a step further.  Use the resources below to explore more deeply the concepts introduced at the Family STEM programs.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

Density:

Smoky Bubbles:

Learn more about dry ice and sublimation. *

Learn more about carbon dioxide. *

Volume:

Explore volume and mass. *

Find lesson plans and experiments to learn even more about these math concepts. *

Super Absorbent Polymers:

From the USDA to diapers- a brief history of super absorbent polymers.

There are many kinds of polymers.  Click here for experiments with a variety of polymer types and to learn about their chemical make-up. *

Water Beads are a fun example of polymers that are great for little hands!  Available at most craft stores, they are a great way to design sensory activities that can help introduce pre-schoolers to STEM concepts.

Static Electricity

Find lesson plans and more experiments on electricity. *

Sceince Bob's Levitating Orb is a fun and exciting demonstration of static electricity at work!

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