Summer can never seem to come soon enough--for pretty much all of us, it seems, but for kids especially. So let's take a moment to rejoice, because hallelujah, summer's here! But just because your kids are out of school, it doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Here are a few ways to slip some STEM into your barbeques, beach days, and road trips!
Beatriz is a high school student in Emeryville, California with two passions: music and bicycles. Building bicycles, to be exact. (This girl knows her way around a blow torch.)
Beatriz loves to create and wants to build something unique that combines her two passions--sounds like just the challenge for our favorite pair of engineers. In Musical Bike, Judy and Adam help Beatriz design and build a pedal-powered pipe organ.
You can use Musical Bike as a launching point to teach
your kids the science and engineering of sound. Watch the episode and read on for more!
Ready to get your hands on a blow torch, too? Before you pull your old Schwinn out of the garage, check out the wealth of educator resources that support Musical Bike.
Bonus Sound Episodes: Rock On: Design Squad teams create original musical instruments for a rock band.
Bonus Bike Episodes: Garden-to-Go: Adam and Judy help two kids design and build a pedal-powered mobile garden. Tour de BBQ: Design Squad teams compete to build a bicycle-powered rotisserie for a BBQ Restaurant.
How do engineers make the world a better place? Take a trip to ASCEville to find out.
In ASCE's new online scavenger hunt, kids click around a virtual city to uncover--and discover--20 very cool examples of sustainable civil engineering (like green roofs, rain gardens, and permeable pavement). They'll never look at sidewalks the same way again!