WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT A STEAM NIGHT WITH THE MUSE
What is a STEAM Night?
Up to two hours of programming, including 5 different activities showing the integrated learning that occurs through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).
- Up to two hours of programming for up to about 150 students
- 5 different STEAM activities
- Muse staff educators
- Training for volunteers 30 minutes before your event
- Coupon for one free child admission to The Muse (with paid adult) for each child attending
- Cost: $350 (additional charge for mileage outside of Knox County)
- Choose first and second choice dates for your event
- Choose 5 activities, making sure to choose one from each aspect of STEAM, but not required (or let us choose for you).
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your choices and an estimate of the number of attendees and grade level(s).
- Identify at least 10 volunteers to facilitate activities. Volunteers should report 30 minutes early.
- Arrange for a location. We have worked in school gyms, cafeterias, hallways, and classrooms. Each activity needs at least one table.
- Invite families! This fillable PDF FLYER is free to use.
- Seasonal Nature Microscopy (S-T): Use digital microscopes to take a look at objects from nature.
- Static Electricity (S-T): Explore forces caused by static charges. (Works best in winter months.)
- Electricity and Electromagnets (S-E): Construct an electromagnet from simple materials and experiment with simple circuits.
- Galaxy Dough (S-A): Hands-on sculpting activity with sparkly dough the color of deep space.
- Future Transportation (S-T-E): Explore the future of transportation with solar and wind-powered cars.
- Inventing with Electronics using littleBits (S-T-E): Invent something with magnetic circuit kits.
- Marshmallow Engineering (E-A-M): What can you build with simple engineering materials?
- Lego Challenge (E-A-M): Use color, size, and pattern guidelines to build a lego tower. Best for grades K-3.
- Boats and Buoyancy (S-E-M): Kids design and build a floating boat in this introductory engineering challenge.
- Catapults (S-T-E): Use sticks and rubber bands to launch a projectile.
- Circle Art (A-M): Experience the geometry of circles using a variety of tools and art materials.
- Constellations (S-A): Create a constellation art piece.
- Seasonal Symmetry (S-A-M): Study symmetrical images from nature and make symmetrical art.
- Tangrams (A-M): Use simple shapes to make a complex pattern.
- Building Honeycombs (S-A-M): Explore the structure of honeycombs in this community building project.
- Estimating and Measuring Circumference (T-M): Using a seasonal object, check your ability to estimate circumference.
- Geometric Shapes (S-A-M): Explore polygons and other shapes with hands-on materials and images from nature.
- Ozobots (S-T-E-A): These little robots respond to a color-coded language that kids can draw.
- Binary Code Bracelets (T-A-M): Use binary code to make a bracelet that represents your intials.
- Seasonal Art and Games (varies): Let us choose a seasonal activity for you!
- Lego Creative Challenge (S-T-E-A): Teams of kids and adults build original Lego creations for fun or competition!
- BUZZ about Coding (S-T-E-M): Explore the basics of robotics and coding with BeeBot! Best for grades PreK-2.
- Refractometry (S-T-M): Measure plant juices to determine the sugar ratio of the plant, and how it might be used as a biofuel.
- STARLAB Portable Planetarium - Add $300. Accommodates up to 24 people. Up to 3 demonstrations in 2 hours.
- Extra activity from the list above - Add $50 and two volunteers
- Extra Muse staff - Varies. Please call at least one month in advance if you are unable to provide sufficient volunteer facilitators.
- Extra supplies for more than 150 students - Varies. Please call for information.
Check out some great moments from our STEAM Nights!
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