STEM Day / Family STEM Night

A STEM Day or Family STEM Night is a community – school-based activity that allows students, parents, teachers, and caregivers an opportunity to participate together in the excitement of STEM activities while, at the same time developing a basic understanding of the scientific principles that underpin what is happening before their eyes.

Normally, an experienced GYSTC instructor will join with several local teachers to put on the programs together. A GYSTC instructor will meet with your teachers before the event in order to orient them on the how the event is to transpire. GYSTC will provide background information to the teachers to enhance the knowledge behind each lesson selected for the event. A local school, chosen by the school system, will define the broad parameters regarding such matters as the maximum number of participants, use of facilities and any other matters of importance to that particular school. The school is responsible for recruiting teachers to help with the program.

STEM Days/Family STEM Nights are $1,500 per event. This includes activities and professional development for the teachers.

*Please note: These events are offered by the GYSTC State Office. If you are a member of a GYSTC Regional Center, please contact your Regional Coordinator to schedule a STEM Day/Family STEM Night. 

Request a virtual or on-site STEM Day / Family STEM Night for the students at your school! Browse the catalog and register by completing the form below. A GYSTC staff member will reach out to finalize your submission.

STEM Day / Family STEM Night Activity Catalog

Kindergarten SKP2.a BristleBots Build and race a robot built on the head of a toothbrush. 
Kindergarten SKP1.c  Cartesian Diver Investigate how compression and changes in density cause the Cartesian diver to mysteriously move up and down. 
Kindergarten SKP2.a & b, MGSEK.CC.1  Parachuting Spiders Understand how air resistance affects the motion of an object. 
Kindergarten MGSEK.G.1, MGSEK.G.2, MGSEK.G.6 Tangrams Use problem-solving to assemble a set of tangrams to create various sea creatures. 
1st Grade S1L1.a & b  Blooming Flowers Using paper and water, model how plants move water through their tissues. 
1st Grade S1L1.a  Design a Plant Understand the parts of a plant. 
1st Grade S1P1.d  Make a Kazoo Demonstrate a way to make sound. 
1st Grade S1P1.d & e  Screaming Balloons Create a device that can project an alarm over quite a distance. 
1st Grade S1P1.d  Soda Bottle Sounds* Understand that vibrations cause sound, and as the speed of vibrations changes, the sound will change. *Not available virtually
1st Grade S1P1.d  Sound Waves: How Does Sound Travel? Understand that vibrations cause sound, and that they can move through objects. 
1st Grade MGSE1.G.2  Tangrams Use problem-solving to assemble a set of tangrams to create various sea creatures. 
1st Grade S1P1.d  Vibrating Rulers  Discover that vibrating material will produce a sound, and that sound can make materials vibrate. 
2nd Grade S2P2.a  100 Cup Challenge Stack and balance 100 cups without a force causing it to fall. 
2nd Grade S2P2.a & b  Bristle Bots Build and race a robot built on the head of a toothbrush. 
2nd Grade S2P1.a  Bubble Maker Learn what happens when liquids and gases mix by constructing a bubble blower. 
2nd Grade S2L1.c  Build a Pollinator Engage in how the pollination process works by building a pollinator. 
2nd Grade MGSE2.OA.1  More and Less  Practice fluency with addition and subtraction. 
2nd Grade MGSE2.MD.1  Pipe Cleaner Challenge  Work together to develop the tallest "free-standing" structure to support the weight of a ping pong ball. 
2nd Grade S2P2.a, b, & c  Puff the Stuff Predict and experiment with moving objects when air is blown. 
2nd Grade S2P1.a  Science or Magic  Keep a paper towel dry by using the properties of matter. 
2nd Grade MGSE2.MD.1  Straw Towers  Build the tallest straw tower using only straws and tile spacers. 
2nd Grade S2P1.a & b  Surface Tension of Water Explore the surface tension of water by adding paper clips to a cup of water. 
2nd Grade S2P2.a  Toy Inventor Design and create a toy that uses either a push or pull motion. 
2nd Grade S2P2.a  Water Spritzer Spray water using unbalanced forces. 
3rd Grade MGSE3.MD.4  Paper Chain Creating the longest paper chain using only one piece of paper. 
3rd Grade S3P1.a  Spiraling Snake Experiment with convection currents. 
3rd Grade S3P1  Too Hot to Handle Investigate conductors and insulators. 
3rd Grade S3L2.a & b What’s a Watershed? Learn the importance of watersheds by modeling. 
4th Grade S4P3.a  Balance the Pencil Using clothespins and pipe cleaners, balance a pencil vertically on a craft stick. 
4th Grade S4P3.a & b  Balancing Forces – Flying Hoop Planes Experiment with airflow over an airplane and observe it fly. 
4th Grade S4P3.a  Bristlebots Build and race a robot built on the head of a toothbrush. 
4th Grade S4P3.a & b  Catapulting Cups Explore Bernoulli’s Principle and lift a cup using only your breath. 
4th Grade S4P3.a  Floating Paper Clip Explore the surface tension of the water. 
4th Grade S4E1.a & b  Glowing Constellations Create a glow-in-the-dark constellation. 
4th Grade S4P3.a & b  Hoopster Explore Bernoulli’s Principle while constructing and flying an airplane without wings. 
4th Grade S4P2.a & b  Screaming Balloons Create a device that can project an alarm over quite a distance. 
4th Grade S4P2.a  Soda Bottle Sounds* Understand that vibrations cause sound, and as the speed of the vibrations changes, the sound will change. *Not available virtually
4th Grade S4E1.a & b  Solar System Scavenger Hunt Observe the difference between planets and stars and compare and contrast the technological advances that have changed the information we have. 
4th Grade S4P2.a & b  Sound Waves: How Does Sound Travel? Understand that vibrations cause sound and that they move through objects. 
4th Grade S4P2.a & b  Straw Whistle  Learn about sound by constructing and playing a whistle. 
4th Grade S4P2.a  Vibrating Ruler Discover that vibrating material will produce a sound, and that sound can make material vibrate. 
4th Grade S4P3.a & b  Water Spritzer  Spray water using unbalanced forces. 
4th Grade S4E3.b  What’s a Watershed? Learn the importance of watersheds by modeling. 
5th Grade S5P1.c  Chemical Reaction Relay Use chemical reactions to blow up a balloon. 
5th Grade S5P1.a  Colorful Chromatography*  Demonstrates the property of water and liquids that uses capillary action. *Not available virtually
5th Grade S5P2.b  Complete & Incomplete Circuits Observe and work with circuits and identify the needed parts. 
5th Grade S5P1.a, b, & c  Flying Rocket Eggs* Create a rocket. *Not available virtually
5th Grade S5L1  Jelly Belly Identification Learn how to use a dichotomous key for classification. 
5th Grade S5P3.b  Magnetic Slime Create slime with magnetic properties. 
5th Grade MGSE5.OA.1  Order of Operations Game Use a deck of playing cards to employ algebraic thinking and hone mental math skills. 
5th Grade S5E1.a & b  Sand Shake* Understanding the forces and materials that shape the surface of Earth to produce landforms such as sand dunes. *Not available virtually
5th Grade S5P2.a  Static Electricity Slime  Learn about static electricity by making a ‘slime’ that is attracted to a negatively charged balloon. 
5th Grade S5P2.a  Static Electricity UFO Learn about static electricity by making a negatively charged ‘Unidentified Flying Object’ that is levitated by a negatively charged balloon.   
5th Grade S5P.1c  What’s the Matter? Observe the three stages of matter through a chemical change. 
6th Grade S6E5.e  Erosion Rates* Investigate erosion rates of different Earth materials (waves, wind, water, and glaciers). *Not available virtually
6th Grade S6E5.a  Four Layer Liquid Explore density.
7th Grade S7L2.c  Build a Brain  Construct a model of the human brain while learning about the different lobes and how they interact with the rest of the body systems to keep us alive. 
7th Grade S7L4.c  Epidemiology Emergency* Simulate how quickly infectious diseases can be spread and work together to determine patient zero. *Not available virtually
8th Grade S8P2.b  Bounce! Observe and measure the effects of elasticity. 
8th Grade S8P2.b, S8P3.b  Bristlebots Build and race a robot built on the head of a toothbrush. 
8th Grade S8P1.a  Chromatography and Mixtures Discover how homogeneous mixtures can separate while observing chromatography. 
8th Grade S8P1.a, c, & d  Colorful Chromatography*  Demonstrates the property of water and liquids that use capillary action. *Not available virtually
8th Grade S8P1.c & d  Floating Paper Clip Explore the surface tension of the water. 
8th Grade S8P3.b & c  Force and Marshmallow Cannon Learn how force affects an object by making a marshmallow launcher. 
8th Grade S8P1.b Four Layer Liquid Explore density.
8th Grade S8P3.b, S8P5.a  Hoopster Explore Bernoulli’s Principle while constructing and flying an airplane without wings. 
8th Grade S8P1.d  It’s a Gas Experiment with different chemical reactions involving yeast. 
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