Emily Hunt’s ’15-Minute STEM’ is an exciting collection of 40 quick, creative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities for 5-11 year olds.
With step-by-step instructions and a clear explanation of the learning, each activity takes just 15 minutes to complete and can be resourced from everyday materials found in the classroom or at home. This makes it a handy go-to resource for both teachers and parents.
Each activity begins by posing a ‘hook’ question such as ‘why are igloos build in a dome shape?’ or ‘how can we clean dirty water?’ Children are then encouraged to explore the resources and reach their own decisions about how to solve the task.
The activities make connections to real-world scenarios, helping children to understand how their learning is relevant to their future, and have been linked to conceptually similar STEM-related careers, all of which are profiled in a glossary at the back of the book. The practical, problem-solving element of each activity offers a great way for children to develop important soft skills such as creativity, critical thinking and spatial awareness.
For more STEM activity ideas aimed at the primary age range see Emily’s website www.howtostem.co.uk. The website is packed with blogs about primary STEM, along with STEM book and app recommendations.