I love reusing recyclables in crafts and activities. One thing my kids might love even more is science and STEM activities. We decided to use some materials we had in the recycle bin to make a lever and fulcrum. This is a perfect STEM activity to do with the kids over the summer to promote learning, creativity, and problem solving. The Summer Slide is a real thing and simple, easy projects like this one are fun ways to build skills as a family. Our Lever and Fulcrum STEM activity led to cheers with all four of the kids.
Recycled Materials Lever and Fulcrum STEM Activity
- We added crafting pom poms to each cup and counted how many were needed to keep the lever even.
- We talked about the distance between the ends of the chop stick and how the fulcrum needed to be in the center in order for the lever to be even.
- We tried moving the fulcrum and measured the distance between the ends of the chop stick and the fulcrum.
- When the fulcrum was off center, we counted how many craft pom poms were needed to make the lever even again.
STEM Summer Camp
- CrickoBot™, where Campers construct
and personalize a DIY solar‐powered cricket with a unique habitat
- Epic Park ™,
where Campers work in teams to design an eco‐adventure park
- I Can Invent:Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components
- found in everyday devices
- The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the
- science of slime,
demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding.
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