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Did you know? Creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and resilience are skills learners build naturally through STEM activities. Also, an education in science, technology, engineering, and math opens the door to the lifelong skills students need to thrive in the 21st century. Finally, the world of STEM is open to all of us, including elementary students!
The best part? April is packed with STEM holidays, so if you've been thinking about exploring these topics with your younger students, it is the perfect month to start. So, here are our favorite April STEM activities that you can try with your class. We've done all the lesson planning for you, so let's jump in!
National Robotics Week
April 4th - 10th, 2021
National Robotics Week (a.k.a. RoboWeek) is aimed at increasing public awareness of the strength and importance of the U.S. robotics industry. In addition, we take this week to think about the tremendous impact that robotics will have on the future. Overall, the mission is to inspire students in STEM-related fields and share robotics' excitement with participants of all ages. (Source: Nationalroboticsweek.org)
RoboWeek: April STEM Activities
Children have BIG questions about robots like, "What is a robot", and "What jobs can robots do?", and also "What do robots look like in real life?". As a result, we created a free Google Slides deck all about National Robotics Week! Check out the link below:
In addition, we've planned out 5 activities for you, so you can celebrate Robots in your class all week long! You can find these activities at the end of the Slides deck. Without further ado, here's a sneak peak at Day 3 and Day 5:
RoboWeek Example Activity: Coding in Kodable
Learners will login to Kodable and go to Smeeborg, our puzzle-based game for elementary-age computer scientists. Then, they will code a fuzzy alien character to move, just like scientists code robots to move! Above all, let them explore and see what they discover.
RoboWeek Example Activity: Makerspace Robot Design Time
In this activity, learners get hands-on practice constructing their own robot. Remember, robots don't always look like humans! Therefore, encourage learners to get creative and think outside the box. Then ask them, "What job will the robot do?" and also, "What does the robot have to look like to do its job?"
Beep...Boop...Bop! Looking for more Robotics content? If so, check out these beginner-friendly Intro to Robotics lessons we developed in collaboration with Wonder Worksop.
World Creativity and Innovation Day
April 21st, 2021
The United Nations has designated April 21st as World Creativity and Innovation Day. Overall, the goal is to raise awareness of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. So, try out creative projects, invent a new tool, or design a solution to a problem in celebration! (Source: United Nations)
World Creativity and Innovation Day: April STEM Activities
As a result of this exciting day, we've created an activity for you and your class to complete together. Overall, the goal is for students to have an opportunity to get creative with code in Kodable. Also, we invite you to get innovative with your typical lesson plan and try with something new, too!
Activity: Creativity Class Bingo
- First, download the Creativity Class Bingo card and post it somewhere your class can see it.
- Then, go over the Bingo options with your class (click any underlined text to learn more about that activity)
- Then, invite students to complete the Bingo projects. Can your class check off three squares in a row?
- Finally, we invite you to share your class' success. Snap a pic of your students in action. Then, post and tag as @kodable on any social media platform. We can't wait to see what your class accomplishes!
April 22nd, 2021
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to show support for the environment. This day was first celebrated in 1970, and now 193 countries celebrate it each year. Above all, Earth Day's mission is to drive transformative change for people and planet. What will you do to protect the earth? (Source: Earthday.org)
Earth Day: April Coding Activity
Scientists all over the world are working on ways to build and improve technology that works to make the earth healthier. This means your students can grow up to do this work too! As a result, we created this free Google Slides deck + activity, we invite students to explore how technology can be used to keep the earth clean.
Coding Activity: Kodable Beach Cleanup
Your students' coding mission is to use code to collect pieces of trash from the Fuzztopia beach and rescue the baby sea creatures!
Check out this free video lesson below for the full coding mission. Also, there are more details about the activity in the Google Slides deck, too!
Looking for more STEM on Earth Day? Check out these awesome Meaningful Earth Day Activities from We Are Teachers!
Share your April STEM Activities with us!
Finally, what types of activities are you using to explore STEM this month? We'd love to know, did you try something new that your students totally loved? Is this something you’d like to see more of on the Kodable blog? Tag @kodable on social media and tell us all about your STEM Holiday Celebration.
Looking for more STEM Holidays events and activities? Get the complete 2021 STEM Holiday Calendar Here!