Hi guys!

Welcome to the first STEAM Club online.

Seeing as we are unable to meet in person for STEAM Club this month, I thought I could give you all a challenge to try out at home.

I hear parents are endlessly entertained by huge messy projects that help young minds develop their creativity and ingenuity. No, really, I’m serious!

So, let’s kick those engineering brains into gear and get MAKING!

You can view all of my home Egg Challenge experiments on the YouTube video below. Each month while the library is shut down, we will be filming our STEAM Club experiments at home and uploading them for you to see. And don’t forget, the process of videoing and editing kind of counts as a STEAM or STEM activity – so as always and with any experiment – practise makes perfect!

We’d love to see some videos of what you guys are doing at home to continue STEAM-ing, so feel free to send me your videos or links to where we can view it. Hopefully at the end of social distancing, we can put all of your excellent STEAM videos together to share at the library for everyone to see!

Easter egg protection activity

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to construct a protective case for your easter egg so that it will survive a drop from a large height.

What do you need:

  • 1 uncooked egg (or boiled if parents are really freaked out about potential mess!)
  • any materials you can find to assist in protecting your egg: cardboard, paper, popsticks, straws, tape, bubblewrap, plastic, foil, marshmallows, toothpicks. Basically whatever you can find laying around the house and that you won’t get in trouble for using or possibly destroying.
  • a ladder or balcony

Print out a copy of this Egg Drop Challenge planning worksheet. Before you begin making, it is important to have a plan.

As an additional bit of Easter STEAM Fun, why not try out this excellent bit of engineering from Science Sparks! 

How to Make a Popsicle Stick Catapult