Summer Science Adventures
5 SUGGESTIONS TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR AND HAVE SUMMER SCIENCE FUN
- Join a week long Summer STEM Camp
(Click on or visit this link for a list of activities in the Chicagoland area)
Summer learning programs offer students the chance to study STEM topics of their choosing with greater depth and focus than is possible during the school year, and to engage with community partners and businesses in a meaningful way.
- Visit a Science Attraction
(Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Alder Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, The Laboratory, Sci-Tech Hands on Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, etc)
Kids are born scientists — experimenting and testing hypotheses for just about anything. Foster their curiosity by exposing them to great discoveries made through science, from the solar system to the creation of bath soap.
Kids learn more when their museum activities included a hands-on component, and their parents ask them open-ended questions. For instance, if children were visiting an anthropological exhibit, they would benefit from being asked questions about the artifacts they saw. What do you think this tool was used for? What do you think it is made of? How do you think it would feel to sleep on this mat?
- Begin researching and planning your Science Fair Project for next school year
Since Science Fair projects are very detailed and involve a significant amount of extra work outside of class, students can start early. This way, students will be able to focus on the important aspects of their project for greater success and higher quality. One of the hardest parts of Science Fair is choosing what project to investigate. By getting a head start in the summer, we will be able to relieve some of the stress and move forward at a quicker pace.
- Be an Earth Explorer at the Chicago Public Library (CPL)
From June 20 to September 1, students are invited to join the drop-in Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge. Throughout the summer, students are encouraged to explore our planet and discover the role he or she plays in the environment. CPL locations are offering hundreds of family programs, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, live animal shows and story times, as well as new books to keep kids brains active.
- Practice Science skills on Study Island and/or IXL
Practice really matters, but you don’t have to hold daily lessons, or turn the summer into a tiresome series of drills. Studies show that learners can improve long-term retention when they space practice over multiple days. All lessons aligned to this school year will be assigned on Study Island in a class assignment titled “Summer Skills Practice.”