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STEM for Kids

This guide contains information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) resources for children 12 and younger.

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About the Program

  • Designed for children ages 5-8
  • Enjoy read-alouds of science-themed books and participate in hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math
  • Enhanced with suggested resources and activities to further explore concepts at home with friends and family
  • Special guest presenters include NSU professors and students, including 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. 

Stories & STEAM Winter/Spring 2024 Topics

Educational Standards

  • SC.2.E.7.1 Compare and describe changing patterns in nature that repeat themselves, such as weather conditions including temperature and precipitation, day to day and season to season.
  • SC.2.E.7.5 State the importance of preparing for severe weather, lightning, and other weather related events.

Recommended Books

Educational Standards

  • MA.K.GR.1.1 Identify two- and three-dimensional figures regardless of their size or orientation. Figures are limited to circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, spheres, cubes, cones and cylinders.
  • MA.1.GR.1.1 Identify, compare and sort two- and three-dimensional figures based on their defining attributes. Figures are limited to circles, semi-circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, hexagons, spheres, cubes, rectangular prisms, cones and cylinders.
  • MA.2.GR.1.1 Identify and draw two-dimensional figures based on their defining attributes. Figures are limited to triangles, rectangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons and octagons.

 

Recommended Books

Educational Standards

  • SC.1.L.17.1 Through observation, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need the basic necessities of air, water, food, and space.
  • SC.2.L.17.2 Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.

Recommended Books

Activity/ies

Educational Standards

  • SC.K.L.14.1 Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
  • SC.1.L.14.1 Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses.

Recommended Books

Activity/ies

Educational Standards

  • SC.K.N.1.5 Recognize that learning can come from careful observation.
  • SC.1.N.1.4 Ask "how do you know?" in appropriate situations.
  • SC.2.N.1.3 Ask "how do you know?" in appropriate situations and attempt reasonable answers when asked the same question by others.
  • SC.3.L.15.1 Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.

Recommended Books

Activities