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STEM at Home!

For kids K-12, Rose‑Hulman Alumni Relations is offering a chance to keep your STEM-cells working and win cool prizes!

Get in the Game!

With many students home from school right now, we've collected some fun STEM activities to keep your brain cells working full force! 

To make it even more fun, we’re offering prizes!

future rosie challenge

How to play: 

1. Based on your age and interest, select from the project lists below and get creating! 

2. Then, for each project you complete, make a short video, take a photo or screenshot and post it to social media with the hashtag #futurerosies, and be sure to tag Rose-Hulman Alumni Relations. 

Social Media Instructions: 

Facebook: @Rose-HulmanAlumni 
  • Be sure to adjust your post settings to "public" before posting your photo or video with #FutureRosies and tagging @RoseHulmanAlumni. If you don't want your post to be public, please just post your photo or video in the comments section of our weekly project announcement post.
Twitter: @RoseHulmanAlums
  • Set your account to "public" before posting your photo or video with the #FutureRosies and tagging @RoseHulmanAlumns. 
Instagram: @RHITalumni
  • Set your account to "public" before posting your photo or video with #FutureRosies and tagging @RHITalumni.
 
Every Monday, we'll draw a winner at random and then announce the winner by 4 p.m. on the Rose-Hulman Alumni social media pages -- so tell your folks to be on the lookout!

 

Projects

WEEK 8, GET INTO NATURE!

We hope during this week, weather across the country is preferable so you can comfortably work on activities outside! 

While this is the last week of #futurerosies, we will draw the week 8 prize winner on Monday along with the grand prize winner of the new Spike Prime Lego Education set!  Entries from all 8 weeks will go into the drawing for grand prize and be announced on the Rose-Hulman Alumni social media accounts. 

Thank you to all who have participated!  We’ve enjoyed seeing your creations and hope to see you on campus in the future for some of the Institute’s programs for school aged students.  Check them out here…Student STEM Resources.

Activities

Shadow Tracking

Frog Rockets

Nature Bridge

Solar Still

Stick Maze

Week 8 Prizes:

  • Tree Swing, 40”x30”
  • Giant Bubbles, Family Pack
  • Outdoor Play Pack
    (Toddler Table and 5’ sprinkler)

WEEK 7, Be an Inventor!

#FutureRosies Week 7

 

This week we’re going to meet some amazing inventors! We can learn more about them by studying history, philosophy, literature and other cool subjects!

At Rose, we believe the best engineers and scientists know more than just math, science and engineering. They know literature, communications, languages and the arts, to name just a few subjects we teach in our Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts.

Check it out these cool inventors and then try your own hand at inventing!

 

 

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

The Glass Armonica

 

Cai Lun

 

Paper

George Washington Carver

 

Dye

 

Johannes Gutenberg

 

Printing Press

 

Leonardo DaVinci

 

Viola Organista

This week's prize: A three-month subscription to Tinker Crate

WEEK 6, Electrical Engineering

Week 6-Electrical Engineering

Did you know that electrical engineers generally deal with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism?  Their job is to design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment.  That could be things like electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communication systems, and equipment that generates power. 

Insulators and Conductors

One of the first things you should know about electricity is which objects are conductors and which are insulators. Check out this video to help explain.  https://youtu.be/PafSqL1riS4

 

Insulators

 

Objects that do not transfer electricity

   

Wood, Fabric, Plastic, Glass, etc.

 

 

Conductors

 

 

Objects that do transfer electricity

             

Metals and Water

 

Batteries/Current Electricity

For more information on current electricity, check out this video!  https://youtu.be/Uf76pThNXZc

Spinning Brushbot

Potato Power

Electromagnet Fun

 

Static Electricity

For a little more info on static electricity, check out this video! https://youtu.be/fT_LmwnmVNM

Bending Water

Salt and Pepper Split

Hovering Plates

Week 6 Prizes

Snap Circuits Light

Snap Circuits Junior

12-in-1 Solar Robot

WEEK 5, Civil Engineering

Week 5-Civil Engineering

Before we get building, let’s explore some of the forces involved in the construction of things like bridges and buildings.

Here’s a short video produced by one of those other schools that turn out engineers.  Thankfully, they’re pretty smart too.

The Five Forces

It’s important to understand these forces as you begin building this week. 

PBS Learning Media has a good Forces Lab. Just be sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

Experimenting with Forces

Compression

Tension

Bending and Shearing

Torsion

Let’s Get Building!

 Bridges

Towers

Domes

Tunnels

Dams

Extension

If you enjoyed these activities, you’ll love building the Spaghetti Bridge!

These week's prizes

Kid K'nex (100pc)

(1) 16" x 6.5" Lego/K'nex organizer
(1) Bins 'n Things portable Lego Compatible Storage (8"x8"x3.5")

Lego Architecture, San Francisco 

 

WEEK 4, NEWTON'S LAWS

Take a moment with CrashCourse to review Newton’s Laws of Motion.  You could also check in with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Newton’s 1st Law of Motion

Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion

Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

An object in motion will remain in motion.  An object at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force.

Net force is equal to mass times acceleration.

For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.

Activities

Activities

Activities

Rollin with Rosie

Rock Drop

Marble Fun

Giving the Slip

Softball Swing

“Gas” Powered Lego Car

Stack ‘Em Up

Wagon Pull

Newton’s Cradle

Week 4 Prizes:

  • Physics Experiment Lab Kit
  • Newton’s Cradle
  • Amusement Park Science

After the last week of STEM at Home, all of your entries will go back in the drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize -- the new LEGO Education Spike Prime Set! 

WEEK 3, WELCOME TO CODING!

Have you heard of Scratch and Tynker? Maybe you have even done more advanced coding.  What we hope is that you enjoy exploring the world of coding with us this week! 

Once you have completed either five levels of an activity (if there are levels) or complete a set of tasks, take a screenshot of the last level completed or a screen recording of your code running and post it to social media with #futurerosies, as well as tagging the Rose-Hulman Alumni Relations account on your chosen social media platform. 

Basic Level

Moderate Level

Experienced Level

Coding with Legos

Design Your Own Font

3D Flappy Bird

Barbie: You Can be Anything

Moon Lander

Draw a Landscape

Code Your Hero

Python Chatbot

Your Lunar Gateway Story

Bits and Bricks

Crystal Clash

Build Your Own App

Bots Challenge

Create Your Own Google Logo

The Labyrinth

You may need a few days to complete this one.

This week's prizes are

  • Makey Makey Kit for Everyone
  • Littlebits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

WEEK 2, STATES OF MATTER

This week, there are still 15 activities to choose from only we reorganized them to make things a little more clear.  You can self-select which activities you would like to participate in.

Before diving into the activities this week, check out Bill Nye’s explanation of the 3 States of Matter.

Basic Level

Moderate Level

Experienced Level

Solid, Liquid, Gas

Magic Inflating Balloons

Thermal Flower Power

Oobleck

Ice Cream Science

Hot Ice

Melting Crayons

Ice Hands

Egg in a Bottle

On the Hunt!

Cloud in a Jar

Evaporation

Bonus:  Did you know there’s a 4th State of Matter?  Check out Plasma here!

Week 2 Prizes:

  • A+ Kids Chemistry
  • Candy Chemistry
  • Colour Chemistry

After the last week of STEM at Home, all of your entries will go back in the drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize -- the new LEGO Education Spike Prime Set! 

WEEK 1, MACHINES

Here’s the first week of project plans. Choose any project from any day. Do as many or as little as you like.

Skill Level

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Basic

Build a Pully

Inclined Plane

Explore Screws and Wedges

Lego Zipline

Conveyer Belt

Moderate

Model Elevator

Simple Catapult

Roller Coaster Made of Straws

Bubble Blower Machine

Build a Racecar

Some Experience

Rubber Band Powered Lego Car

Archimedes Screw

Rube Goldberg Machine

Continue Rube Goldberg Machine

Continue Rube Goldberg Machine

Week 1 Prizes 

The winner can choose one of the below:

  • Simple Machines Set by Lego
  • NEX Education: STEM Explorations, Swing Ride Building Set
  • STEM Newton’s Laws Engineering Kit

After the last week of STEM at Home, all of your entries will go back in the drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize -- the new LEGO Education Spike Prime Set!

Rules for Playing:

1. After you complete your project and take a photo or make a video, post your entry by 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday evening on at least one of our social media channels to be eligible for the Monday drawing. If you post after 8 p.m., don't worry, you'll just be entered into the next week's drawing.

2. Prizes are limited to projects from the project menu above. However, feel free to share some of the interesting STEM activities you’ve completed on your own by using the hashtag.

3. All participants are welcome to self-assign skill categories and complete projects from more than one skill category.

4. It’s okay to get adults to help with your planning, but the projects should be completed by K-12 students.

We love to see how creative all our Rosebuds are!

Note: Just like everything else right now, we’re taking the contest week by week. The current week’s activities will be posted on Monday mornings by 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

After the last week of STEM at Home, all of your entries will go back in the drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize -- the new LEGO Education Spike Prime Set! 

Graphic: Homework Hotline, Turning 'Huh?' Into 'Aha!' 877-ASK-ROSE or askrose.org

Turning ‘Huh?’ Into ‘Aha!’

For 25 years, the Ask Rose Homework Hotline has been providing an academic lifeline to Indiana students in grades 6-12 with free math and science tutoring. Its tutors are Rose-Hulman students who can help your students understand STEM concepts through friendly, one-on-one tutoring sessions via phone or live chat.

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