Petrosains Science Festival: Little Plans for the Big Planet

When I was a child, I remember going on a school excursion where we learned about our dwindling fossil fuel energy resources and the need to move towards renewable energy sources. This was back in the 1980s when the concept of solar-powered homes were still a new concept so when they took us through aContinue reading “Petrosains Science Festival: Little Plans for the Big Planet”

Teaching Stories: Learning Science and Math Through Stories

When G1 was little, it was all I could do to get him to read fiction because he was only interested in non-fiction books. Now that I’ve so successfully converted him to fiction, encouraging him to read the occasional non-fiction book is like making rocks bleed. Thankfully, a number of authors have found ways toContinue reading “Teaching Stories: Learning Science and Math Through Stories”

Woodwork and Building Projects for Junior Builders

Ever since he was little, G2 has been quite fond of “building activities” like woodwork. He loved his wooden building toy set, complete with spanner and screw driver. Even to this day, he still pulls it out from time to time to create random objects. Some time back, G2 decided it was time to stepContinue reading “Woodwork and Building Projects for Junior Builders”

Museum Victoria – Melbourne Museum’s Bug Exhibition

It’s been a while since we last visited Museum Victoria – Melbourne Museum but we decided to check it out after hearing so much about the new bug exhibition – Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers. The Bug Lab premiered in Wellington last year at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. We were quite fortunate toContinue reading “Museum Victoria – Melbourne Museum’s Bug Exhibition”

Reading List: On STEM, History and the Story of the World

It’s been a while since we added general knowledge books to the collection of books we have at home, so I’ve been looking into a few series to add to G1’s reading list that he might enjoy. The following books came highly recommended. The Story of Science In the three-book The Story of Science series,Continue reading “Reading List: On STEM, History and the Story of the World”

How to Help Children Develop Spatial Reasoning Skills

Spatial reasoning skills are important. Sure. We know that. They also help children do better in maths. In a recent study, researchers found that babies’ spatial reasoning predicts later math skills: Spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age, finds a new study. It provides the earliest documentedContinue reading “How to Help Children Develop Spatial Reasoning Skills”

Science Week Activity: Design and Build a Ping Pong Launcher

It’s Science Week at school and the boys were given an optional science project to work on: make a ping pong launcher. Seizing the opportunity for a bit of father-son bonding, I handed the task over to Dad to guide the boys through their design process and construction of the launcher. Create a Ping Pong Launcher TheContinue reading “Science Week Activity: Design and Build a Ping Pong Launcher”

STEM Maker Workshop: Be a Maker

I’ve been trying to sign G1 up for a STEM Maker Workshop for some time now but the timing never seemed to work out for us until now. The goal has always been to extend his experiences beyond school with activities that add to his schooling experience rather than simply replicate them with more ofContinue reading “STEM Maker Workshop: Be a Maker”

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Young Tinkerers

When it comes to child development, there is a very strong connection between the body and the brain. We’ve seen the positive effects of movement on brain development and how gestures can help children remember more. Busy Hands, Busy Brains – Scholastic As students put projects together, create crafts, or use familiar materials in new ways, they’re constructingContinue reading “The Ultimate Gift Guide for Young Tinkerers”

Resources: STEAM Projects for Kids

Saw this cool video on TED Talks and was inspired to look up some easy engineering projects for kids… Books Rubber Band Engineer 19 designs for turning common materials into crafty contraptions, ranging from slingshot rockets to unique catapults to hydraulic-powered machines. All you need are household materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers,Continue reading “Resources: STEAM Projects for Kids”