I love toys that unintentionally help my kids explore STEM concepts. Unfortunately, many toys advertised as STEM are expensive. But I’ve found 25 Dollar Tree  toys that will spark your child’s interest in STEM, and not totally blow the budget! Wondering what concept their exploring? I’ve also listed the concept […]

25 Dollar Tree Toys for Exploring STEM!


My oldest son just finished studying matter in science. After school I was talking to him about what he learned about matter. I asked him if he had learned what shape the molecules made. He wasn’t sure, and I told him it depended on the type of material. For example, […]

Material Science Activity – Building a molecular structure!


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Whether I’m looking for a Christmas present, or a birthday gift, I always try to give gifts that help kids become interested in Engineering. But I don’t really like giving the standard “STEM” type toys or kits, but always find something that will allow the kid to explore a STEM […]

15 Unexpected STEM Gifts for Toddlers



One of my favorite classes in college was materials science. Materials science is the study of how materials act and why they act that way. Materials Engineers answer questions like “How can I make a jacket that is bullet-proof?” (answer Kevlar, what bullet proof vests are made of), or “I […]

Tensile Strength Experiment: Find the Strongest Spider Web!


A few months ago, my son’s monthly Tinker Crate project was building a spin art machine! Do you remember those from when you were a child? I do! I loved watching all the patterns and shapes just a drop of paint could make when it moved in a circle. The […]

Halloween Rock Painting for Kids using Physics!


An important part of being an Engineer is understanding the tools used to build your designs. One kind of  engineering, Construction Engineering, involves the designing and construction of roads, buildings, sewer systems, and other infrastructure. To plan a project correctly, Construction Engineers must know the different types of trucks and […]

7 Great Construction Engineering Books for Preschoolers!



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Now that school has started, and we’re starting to get into the swing of things, I realized Halloween is just around the corner! I love to perk my sons’ interest in Engineering by doing fun experiments to tie in with upcoming Holidays. For example, near the fourth of July this […]

25+ Halloween Science Experiments to do with your Kids!


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In my last post I shared a simple experiment with my son that taught him about Center of Mass. While we were doing the experiment, we were also playing with another physics concept; the Law of Inertia. Inertia is an object’s resistance to change it’s state of motion. For example, […]

Law of Inertia Experiment using a Fidget Spinner!


To most people, Center of Mass seems like a concept only high school and college aged students could understand. But my oldest son (who’s just entering second grade) recently came up with an experiment that introduced him to the concept of center of mass. As with many households, the fidget […]

Center of Mass Fidget Spinner Experiment



A few weeks ago, my son and I reverse engineered a fidget spinner. We learned what the toy was made out of, and talked about how we could make one for ourselves. The fidget spinner included 4 bearings (one being a high speed bearing) and a plastic case. In the […]

How to make a Fidget Spinner