No matter where you live, you can embrace all-things winter with a flurry of easy STEM activities for any grade level. As the temperature drops, the excitement in the classroom rises with hands-on experiments, frosty challenges, and snow-inspired science that will spark curiosity and warm up young minds to the magic of learning. Join us on a journey through engaging ideas and creative STEM activities, where education meets exhilaration!
How to get students excited and engaged about STEM during the holiday season
The weeks before winter break are jam-packed for teachers, piled high with school celebrations, class parties, exams, grading, report cards, and eager students. Before some
well-deserved rest, utilize the holiday season to incorporate STEM activities that are meaningful and fun (and easy to prep!).
When to incorporate STEM activities:
Early finisher work
Free choice options
Partner or small group work
Mixed grade level activities
Keep STEM activities relevant and interactive to be sure students stay engaged (and on-task!) while simultaneously learning content in step with your standards or curriculum.
Holiday STEM activities: Creative and fun ideas for all ages
Check out these ideas to infuse STEM with holiday-themed fun from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Elementary winter STEM activities
Try these science, technology, engineering, and math activities in your classroom, or pair up with another grade level for fun collaboration (plus a great mentorship opportunity for upper-elementary students).
Decorate your classroom or hallway with large paper snowflakes. Students can use paper and melted crayons to get hands-on with symmetry and states of matter.
Enter the Gingerneering Challenge! Have your class put their engineering skills to the test to design and decorate a gingerbread house representing a significant STEM event.
Winter STEM activities for middle school and high school
Engage older students this holiday season with activities that encourage curiosity and critical thinking. From constructing snowflake-themed geometric shapes to experimenting with the science behind frost formation, these activities not only embrace the festive spirit but also foster a love for science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and interactive way. Spark enthusiasm and curiosity in middle to high school students with these holiday-themed STEM activities.
Host an “Around the Fire, Around the World” day. Display a virtual fireside background on your board and have students explore locations on Google Earth (be sure to check out the timelapse feature and Voyager tours). Task students with creating a presentation that summarizes their findings in alignment with your content standards (for example, the weather or latitude/longitude in different places).
Learn more about the winter solstice and observe the tilt of Earth’s axis with a virtual solstice lab.
Prepare for math and science exams with 500+ virtual simulations that include built-in assessments and pre-made student activity sheets.
Have some extra time after testing? Plan a “Cocoa and Careers” class period. Warm up some hot chocolate and expose students to various STEM careers with a virtual career day from the comfort of your classroom.
Let students role-play as math and science professionals with real-life STEM Cases.