On systems engineer Suzie Olsen’s STEM Spark blog, her family shares learning activities and product reviews. This holiday season, their experiments include borax crystal ornaments and New Year’s Eve confetti explosions.
“Don’t be afraid to get messy, be silly and try new things,” says Olsen. “Part of why I love STEM is the possibility to discover something new, and sometimes exploring the new involves messy trial and error.”
For the younger kids on your holiday shopping list, consider Olsen’s books “Annie Aardvark, Mathematician,” where Annie counts everything she sees while foraging. In “Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants,” Annie advances to arithmetic.
– Tia Over, The Engineering 100