We know summer planning for families faces unique challenges this year, but that doesn't mean the STEM fun has to stop! To help students stay curious and interested in STEM-related programming, we're highlighting three different STEM topics – one each month – and providing free activity plans for families with children in rising grade levels: K–2, 3–5, 6– 8, and 9–12. (NOTE: rising grade levels are the grade levels that your child will be entering into in the upcoming academic year.)

How does STEM at Home work?

At the beginning of each month, we'll post the new activities which will be in PDF format and free to download! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications for when each activity is posted. 

Most activities will use materials that you may already have around the house or are easy to procure at your favorite local business. If you experience challenges securing the materials for the activities, we’ll have a limited number of material kits available for purchase. Additional information on these kits can be found in the FAQs below. 

June: Energy

Explore different forms of energy including heat transfer and kinetic energy. Activity plan packets are available by clicking on the appropriate grade level below. Need to purchase a kit with materials for the June activity plans? Purchase your kit(s) here. 

July: Aerodynamics and Space Science

Learn about designing space landers, aircraft, and rockets. Activity plan packets are available by clicking on the appropriate grade level below. (NOTE: Activity packets will be made available by the first week of July.) Need to purchase a kit with materials for the July activity plans? Purchase your kit(s) here. 

  • Rising grade levels: K–2 
  • Rising grade levels: 3–5 
  • Rising grade levels: 6–8 
  • Rising grade levels: 9–12

August: Electronics

Try your hand at creating an electromagnet, using a breadboard to make circuits or advanced circuity with ARDUINO. Activity plan packets are available by clicking on the appropriate grade level below. (NOTE: Activity packets will be made available by the first week of August.) Need to purchase a kit with materials for the August activity plans? Purchase your kit(s) here. 

  • Rising grade levels: K–2 
  • Rising grade levels: 3–5 
  • Rising grade levels: 6–8 
  • Rising grade levels: 9–12

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is it to register for these programs?

No registration is required for these programs and all instructional activity packets are provided free of charge! Materials required to complete the activities can be found around your home. However if materials are needed, we'll have a limited supply of pre-made kits available for purchase each month.

How long will it take to receive my kit?

Our team aims to ship all kits within five (5) business days of receiving your order. Tracking information will be provided to you upon shipment. We appreciate your patience as we work to safely assemble kits to send to your home.

Do I have to do the activity prescribed for my student’s age or grade level?

The best part about this program is you can look over all of the activities and select whichever activity is the appropriate level for your student.

Can I obtain a kit for a past month’s activity?

Kits will be made available in limited batches for each month. If kits are sold out for the month you are interested in, please contact stem@msoe.edu to inquire about kit availability.