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STEM + Stories: Fairy Tales

For the second summer, I have been doing STEM + Stories programs. I start by reading a few stories to the kids and then we explore some STEM projects loosely, sometimes very loosely, inspired by the reading portion. For this program, we concentrated on fairy tales: specifically Cinderella (time) and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff (bridge engineering). I also threw out some other stuff we had on hand and tied it into the theme with the explanatory signs. 
3 Billy Goats Gruff bridge design from Family Engineering

Rapunzel's tower with KEVA blocks

Cinderella's Clock from Bedtime Math

Cinderella's Silly Stunts: kids timed themselves writing all the letters of the alphabet, looking up "temporal" in the dictionary, and other tasks

Hansel and Gretel's Sweet Shop Gears
The stories I selected to read were The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Interstellar Cinderella

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  1. this is a fantastic idea! i have been struggling with how to match STEM programs with the 2020 summer reading theme. Thank you!

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