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30JUN
 

New, FREE DIY Lake Science App

Investigate freshwater outdoors and indoors

Just in time for summer, plunge into the fun science of lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds with the new DIY Lake Science app. Get wet—or not—as you investigate freshwater ecosystems and their importance to all life on Earth. Using inexpensive, everyday materials, the app lets learners explore freshwater science outdoors or indoors, anywhere they live, go to school, or even travel on vacation. 

10JUN
 

Week of Making

Howtosmile.org making activities

The first Week of Making, sponsored by the White House, is set for June 12-18. "Making can motivate and inspire young people to excel in STEM subjects and prepare students for careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship. Making can help students acquire 21st-century skills such as teamwork and problem-solving, and address the 'summer learning loss' faced by disadvantaged students without access to enrichment activities outside of school," according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

5JUN
 

Robot Helpers

Robots helping humans

A baby seal that calms people who touch it...a rover that carries out rescue missions through fire or after an earthquake...a mechanical arm controlled by the thoughts of an injured human...What do these have in common? They're all robots with potential for helping people.

16MAY
 

Summer Reading, Science and History

stories and STEM

Enrich summer reading with connections to STEM and history! Here are ten books, both nonfiction and fiction, to link with Howtosmile.org activities about science and history around the world. 

1) The Kite That Bridged Two Nations and SMILE's Sled Kite activity;

2) Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions and What the Neighbors Thought and SMILE's Building With Wonderful Junk

13MAY
 

Picnic Math and Science

From fruit to ants!

Summer means picnics! In the park, at the beach, even inside on a rainy day, pack math and science fun in your picnic basket with Howtosmile.org activities. Combine STEM explorations about whatever you like best—food, kites, sand, animals and lots more—to turn a picnic anywhere into a whole new summer learning adventure.

10MAY
 

Marine Art for World Oceans Day

Make your own art

There are so many ways to celebrate World Oceans Day June 8, including making and sharing marine artwork. Learners and their friends at home, camp or school can create pieces of water-themed art—saltwater or freshwater—then hold a summer Marine Art Show for families, their whole school or camp, even their local community. 

31MAR
 

FREE, New Monster Heart Medic Game

Heart healthy fun for your mobile device

How do you diagnose and help a three-eyed monster with a heart problem? That's the challenge and fun in the new, free Monster Heart Medic iPhone/iPad app, now available in the App Store. This educational adventure game uses animated monster stories, interactive simulators, arcade games, virtual diagnostic tests and more to explore the cardiovascular system and how it's affected by healthy living.

13MAR
 

Earth Day/Climate Week

Earth Day 45

Earth Day, April 22, is part of this year's international Climate Education Week. At Howtosmile.org, you can find thousands of STEM activities, for all ages, related to the environment, climate and the natural world.

11MAR
 

2015 Homeschool.com Top Website

Egg-citing explorations at home

Homeschool.com has named Howtosmile.org a Top Educational Website for the third year in a row. Many Howtosmile.org activities, for all ages, require only supplies that most people already have at home. In springtime, lots of homes have plentiful supplies of eggs. Here are some egg-citing hands-on explorations. DO try this at home!

4MAR
 

Planning a World Oceans Day Event

Celebrate the ocean!

Want to celebrate our planet's ocean? On or around World Oceans Day, June 8th, share what you know and why you care about the ocean by holding a special sea event. Ask your friends, family, students and colleagues to help you plan an ocean festival, beach party, sand sculpture contest, sea-themed parade, cooking event with sustainable seafood, photo exhibit or other fun and creative public event. 

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