STEM at Home

Hands-on activities for youth of all ages

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STEM at Home offers fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Lessons are available for a variety of grade levels and are designed to help youth gain knowledge, to meet the Nebraska State Standards, and to prepare youth for the next grade level. The lessons are easy to navigate and packaged ready for you to use. The lessons below are downloadable/printable and can be used with and without internet access.

Interested in having a Nebraska Extension professional deliver a lesson to your group? Simply complete the STEM at Home interest form, and we'll be in contact to set up a learning experience to fit your needs.

Grade LevelTitleMaterials NeededScience Standards
K Plant Needs & Seeds
  • Starting Seeds video
  • Worksheet and assessment
  • Potting soil (or garden/field plot)
  • Pots (to be placed by the window)
  • Sharpie or tape to mark on the pot
  • Access to water, watering can
  • "What's Missing" worksheet (end of the lesson)
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Radish, tomato, bean, or basil seeds (seeds that sprout quickly)
  • Paper
  • Paperclips
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • 2 baggies/child
  • Lima or navy beans (6-8/child)
  • 2 paper towels per child
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Tape
K.7.2.A, K.7.2.B, K.7.2.C, K.7.2.D
K-2 Be a Nature Detective (Ohio State)
  • Activity Sheet
  • Pencil or crayon
  • A park or an area where there are different types of habitats
Use all your senses to explore nature
K-2 Color Changing Milk
  • Handout
  • Milk
  • Dinner plate
  • Food coloring
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Cotton swabs
SC.2.3 Structure and Properties of Matter
K-2 Creating Landforms
  • Guide for Families” handout
  • Clear plastic standup displays (optional)
  • “Landforms” handouts
  • Disposable cookie sheets, 9-inch by 13-inch or larger
  • Sand
  • Water to moisten sand
  • Pieces of craft foam cut into various lengths, colors and sizes
  • Table
SC 2.13.3
K-2 Dancing Raisins
  • “Guide for Families” handout
  • Lemon-lime pop
  • Clear cup
  • Fresh raisins
SC 2.3.1
K-2 Dissecting a Seed
  • “Guide for Families” handout
  • “Parts of the Seed” handout
  • 2–3 bags of lima beans
  • Large bowl
  • Water
  • Small magnifying glasses
SC 2.7.2
K-2 Fingerprint Fun
  • “Guide for Families” handout
  • “Fingerprint Examples” handout (Letters)
  • “Fingerprint Examples” handout (Numbers)
  • 6 sheets of colored paper (3 of one color and 3 of another color)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper
  • Ink pad
  • Wet wipes or wet cloth
SC 2.3.1
1-3 Live Butterflies
  • Online videos and PowerPoints
SC.1.6.2; SC.3.9.3
3-5 Computer Coding for You 3-5.ETS1.A, 3-5.ETS1.B, 3-5.ETS1.C
3-5 Spaghetti Engineering (Texas A&M)
  • Spaghetti Engineering video
  • Lesson plan/worksheet (optional)
  • Notebook/paper
  • Spaghetti (uncooked)
  • String
  • Masking tape
  • Marshmallows
  • Measuring tape
  • Stopwatch
  • Ruler
  • Cardstock (optional)
  • Paper fasteners (optional)
3-6 DNA Extraction
  • DNA Extraction video
  • Worksheet
  • Plastic sealable bags
  • Plastic cups
  • Coffee filters
  • Coffee stirrers/straws
  • Rubber bands
  • Variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Pencil
  • DNA comparison worksheet
  • Careers worksheet (optional)
  • Liquid measuring cup
SC.3.9.3.B, SC.4.6.3.B, SC.5.3.D, SC.6.6.2.A, SC.6.6.2.B
6-8 Light & Wavelength
  • Activity 1: flashlight, mirrors, binder clips, white or black paper.
  • Activity 2: two chairs or stools of the same height, duct tape, wooden skewers and gumdrop candies
6-8 Renewable Energies
  • Activity 1: An electronic device for research and materails to create a poster
  • Activity 2: 5 (3 oz) paper cups, two straws, one pushpin, a sharpened pencil with an eraser.
SC.6.4 & Fair Projects
6-8 Paper Rockets
  • Papers for your rocket found in lesson plan
  • Drinking Straws
  • Plain sheet of paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Supplies for fair exhibition (optional and included in lesson plan)
SC.8.1.1 & Fair Projects
7 Baking Soda Fizz (Michigan State)
  • Guide for Families handout
  • Clear plastic standup display (optional)
  • 3 small bowls
  • 3 medium bowls
  • Liquid food coloring of any color
  • Baking soda
  • 3 pipettes or medicine droppers
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon-lime pop
  • 3 labels: "vinegar," "lemon juice," "lemon-lime pop"
  • Large bowl for disposal waste
  • Tabel
6-8 Fun with Friction (Tennessee)
  • 1 ball or matchbox car
  • 1 grooved or flat ruler
  • 1-meter stick
  • textbooks
  • Fun with Friction supplemental handout
SC 6.4, SC 8.1

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