Life, especially in the summer, can be full of waiting— waiting for your meal at a restaurant, waiting for your plane at the airport, or just waiting to move on to the next activity. As your kids become restless, seize these opportunities with some impromptu STEM! We have compiled a list of challenges to equip […]
About Vivify STEM
Vivify is a team comprised of two Aerospace Engineer friends, Natasha and Claire, who live in Texas. Natasha works full-time as a STEM Project Director for a non-profit organization while Claire is taking time off from her engineering career to raise her two young children. These former college classmates and roommates at Texas A&M University share a passion for STEM education and spend their free time providing resources to encourage and equip future engineers through their website and their shop at TpT.
Do you have a ton of newspapers and in need of some newspaper STEM challenges? Read below for three easy newspaper STEM challenges you can do right away! As a STEM educator, I tend to hoard a lot of materials. Craft sticks, cardboard, paper towel tubes…almost anything can become part of a challenge! My husband recently started ordering […]
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, your kids will be overwhelmed with heart-shaped candy and all the lovey-dovey excitement of the holiday! We have four fun and engaging STEM activities that will harness the extra energy for a comprehensive learning experience. The most loved STEM challenge in our classroom is building catapults! While catapults were originally […]
Happy Earth Day! Teaching kids awareness of human impact on the environment and inspiring them to be a part of the solution is vital to our future on this planet. For this reason, we conducted a fun, hands-on activity that simulates an oil spill and challenges kids of all ages to clean up the simulated […]
There are a multitude of different types of engineers—from Aerospace Engineers to Zoo Engineers (yes, that is a real thing!), engineering is a broad term for specialized people that have one major thing in common: the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process (EDP) is a step-by-step method of solving a problem by creating something […]
Need some quick and easy STEM challenges for your classroom? Tower challenges are great go-to STEM activities that promote problem solving, teamwork, and communication. You can create these challenges out of almost anything: index cards, playing cards, blocks, newspaper, or plastics cups. Here are two fun tower challenges that my middle school students love! Balloon Tower Challenge […]
Videos are an amazing tool for STEM education. Kids can learn from a biomedical engineer designing a drug-delivery method, tour a candy manufacturing facility using autonomous robots, or explore how astronauts live aboard the International Space Station. In my after school engineering program, I use videos as a “hook” for introducing a STEM challenge. For example, when completing a catapult challenge, I […]
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