This week’s Camp Au Pair theme is Science (STEM). This includes science, technology, engineering, and math.
More than 100 crafts, recipes, activities, and experiments related to science, technology, engineering, and math can be found here on the Camp Au Pair – Science (STEM) pinboard.
Field Trips can be a great way for kids to learn and have new experiences. Get permission from your host parents before any outings. Here are a few places to go, that fit this theme:
- Airport Observation Area
- Factory Tour
- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts*
- Kid Museum (a hands-on learning space for kids in Bethesda)
- Maryland Science Center (Baltimore)
- Nature Center
*Some but not all locations have a viewing area where you can watch the machines used to make them.
Virtual Field Trips
- Amazon Future Engineer Tours
- Discovery Education
- Earth Echo
- Explore Africa, China, and Coral Reefs
- Science of Sport
Videos – On YouTube, you can find many great videos of science experiments to do with kids.
The Magic School Bus is a cartoon series with episodes on lots of great science topics. You can find some episodes on YouTube and the entire series on Paramount Plus.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is science TV series for kids. There is an episode guide on his website with clips and explanations on a wide variety of science topics.
Movies – The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6, Wall-E, and Hidden Figures all fit the STEM theme.
Webcams – You can do a google search for science websites with webcams. Here is a collection of 22 science webcams from around the world.
Books – Stop by your local library and look for books on science, technology, engineering, and math.
Remember… Science is learning about how things work through observation and experimentation. Every day is full of opportunities to encourage children’s natural curiosity about the world!