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STEM Activities to Nurture a Love of Learning

Coding Games in Scratch

Coding Games in ScractchThe best-selling book Coding Games in Scratch is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 with little or no coding experience. By using fun graphics and easy to follow instructions children will learn how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language. In no time at all they'll be able to build single and multiplayer platform games, race through mazes, add animation plus a whole lot more. Along with the book, they will need a laptop or PC with Adobe 10.2 or later and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0.

Recommended Age: 8–12

Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Games

stem4Just one of the many fun STEM activities is Bloxels, a game that lets kids create their own video games in a cool and retro arcade style. With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, they get to decide what the game looks like, and how it works; they create the characters, the obstacles and the power-ups. They can play the game once they're done ‘building' it as well as share it with their friends for more fun and content remixing.

Recommended Age: 8–13

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft KitPut those thousands of LEGO bricks to good use with the Klutz Chain Reactions Kit. With this kit, and LEGO blocks, children get to build awesome machines that can be combined to make loads of different chain reactions. The kit comes a 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, Comes with: 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket and 1 platform.

Recommended Age: 8+

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!Gears! Gears! Gears! teaches children about cause and effect, engineering, mechanics plus a whole lot more. The brightly colored gears interconnect to produce fascinating chain reactions of twirling, whirling and spinning. The winner of four awards, this is another example of how much fun can be had while doing STEM activities.

Recommended Age: 3+

As a parent, what do you think of these STEM activities? Have you discovered any other standout activities you would like to share with us? Let u know below.

Feature image courtesy of Flickr, jaycodyLab.

Source: Fractus Learning

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