STEM Activities at Your Child’s School…
Some of the types of STEM programs offered at local Elementary and Middle schools include:
- First in Math
- *STEM Forum’s STEM Nights
- Family Math Nights
- Chess Clubs
- Lego Clubs
- Math Olympiads
- The Exploravision contest
- FIRST Lego League
- STEM Superstar Program
These activities will greatly improve your child’s enthusiasm in math and science. Please contact your child’s school to see what is available.
Your Local Library Branch…
The Harford County Public Library and Cecil County Public Library offer various STEM programs for kids of all ages.
The Harford County Public Library has designed the LEAP Program, a series of fun, free, educational programming and equipment kits to enhance interest and competence in STEM fields. Program details and contact information regarding the LEAP Program can be found here.
The Cecil County Public Library also offers STEM activities and classes for children and families. To find out upcoming events at the CCPL, click here. (Hint: use keyword “STEM” to narrow your search for related events).
More STEM Programs In the Community…
Harford Community College offers non-credit classes for children in engineering and computers.
The following programs are also available in our area:
- Destination Imagination
- 4H Youth Development
- Invention Convention
- Civil Air Patrol (ages 12+)
- Wildlife Adventures
Online STEM Activities…
Many national and local organizations have websites for children that provide fun and educational activities, games, videos and more. Check out some of the following sites for STEM activities your child can participate in from home.
- The NASA Kids’ Club
- National Science Center Kid Zone
- PBS KIDS Lab
- Science Kids
- Extreme Science
- US EPA
- Smithsonian Institute
Local, Regional, and National Competitions…
Math Olympiads – Your school’s math club meets weekly for an hour. Club members explore a topic or strategy in depth, or they practice for the contests. The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March. No traveling is required. These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.
Cost: $99 per team
MathCounts Competition Program – A national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.
Cost: $100 per team; $30 per individual
National STEM Video Game Challenge – Middle and high school youth are encouraged to submit their original game designs for the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for themselves, as well as monetary prizes for their school!
ExploraVision – A science competition that encourages teachers to make science a part of their curriculum. Groups of 2 – 4 students simulate real research and development. Students study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like 20 years from now. Teams will explore what is necessary to make their visions a reality. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a self-cleaning toilet to a new method of treating diabetes.
eCYBERMISSION – In this web-based STEM competition, students compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in the community.
Maryland Engineering Challenge – Hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the mission of the is challenge is to introduce students in grades 1 to 12 to the role of engineers in today’s society and connect what students learn in school with real-world engineering concepts. There are competitions designed specifically for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.
Cost: $5 coaches fee
Six Flags America Roller Coaster Design Contest – Teams build roller coaster models built of materials that include wood, wire, string, or other low cost items.
Grades: 5-8 and 9-12
Lexus Eco Challenge – The Lexus Eco Challenge is a life-changing opportunity for teens across the nation to make a difference in the environmental health of our planet, one community at a time.
Team America Rocketry Challenge – Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year.
Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) – This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to guild a model that moves and develop a Show-Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
Cost: $50 per team
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) -This program introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Cost: $700 per a team of up to 10 students