This Fall, enjoy activities to help get your students moving, creating, and thinking! Fall is the perfect time to embrace some STEM and get hands on with learning in a fun way that inspires excitement, creativity and a passion for learning. What better way to start the school year? These Fall STEAM activities for the classroom or home will have your students excited about learning.
STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FALL
Fall is a great time to embrace a little Fall STEM Activity with this early coding project that challenges students to decode and reveal compound words. Each word is all about the Autumn season to help build literacy, and confidence, even for struggling readers. Grab your copy of the Fall Code Breakers Compound Words challenge and start decoding!
Build Models To Explore Changing Seasons
Get hands on by creating a spinning wheel of the year that shows the changing seasons. Challenge students to create a wheel that brings in some art elements to reflect the changes in nature as we move from one season to the next.
Then, using a flashlight and paper build a demonstration of how the changes in the orbit and tilt of the Earth in relation to the sun results in our seasons. The Fall Equinox is all about balance. How does that look with your model?
Fall is the perfect time to explore one of the great wonders of nature, the gorgeous changing colours of the leaves in fall. This is an amazing autumn science experiment that is relatively easy and can be used to make some gorgeous chromatography art pieces. The experiment requires only one ingredient, plus some leaves, to unleash some wonderful discoveries. Try this Leaf Lab today and explore the beautiful colours of fall with science as you explore the big question: Why do leaves change colour in fall?
You may have heard of the lemon battery experiment or the potato battery experiment, but did you know you can also use pumpkins and other harvest fruits to build a battery? Even tweens and teens can get excited about creating a battery from a fall pumpkin! Using a LED bulb, wire, plates, and some pumpkins and other harvest fruits like squash, your students can convert chemical energy from the pumpkin’s particles through metal strips in order to power the light bulb with electrical energy. Use a multimeter to measure how much energy each of your fruits produce and calculate how much the energy is increasing with the addition of each pumpkin to your battery.
Kids of every age love making slime! Our favorite recipe uses clear glue, water, baking soda, and contact solution. To make it fall harvest slime, we brought in green, red, and gold glitter along with fall colored rhinestone, and fragrance oil that gives off our favorite fall smells! This slime is easy to make and so much fun to manipulate and play with. Parents and teachers can even get in on the fun!
Similar to slime, this easy playdough recipe has a gorgeous falling leaves theme, perfect for fall. Great for your little ones. Turn it into a game to see how many leaves have fallen from their tree and build early math literacy skills, while addressing sensory needs.
In the fall you can often find abandoned bird nests. Once you are sure the nests are abandoned collect them and challenge students to build a balanced bird nest scale using a rod or broomstick, meter stick or even a large stick from a tree.
Students will learn about weights, physics (fulcrums), balance and engineering in this project that will also engage their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they find the perfect balance for their bird nest scale.
Build a Bird Feeder or Bird House
I wish we had built a bird feeder and bird house earlier for our kids! They love seeing all the different kinds of birds it draws into our yard and learning about the biodiversity in our own neighbourhood. They are also becoming more attuned to the changes in the seasons. As fall approaches our birds are eating more and more as they fatten up for the winter. Definitely time to add another feeder! Here is a simple bird feeder we have made in the past.
Nothing says fall quite like Candy Corn! We brought some chemistry to our Candy Corn with this bath bomb making activity. Kids love exploring this acid-base chemical reaction and learning how to make this bath time favourite. Math and ratios also come into play as they make their recipe for the perfect amount of fizz! Kids will love explaining all about the science behind the bath bombs as they relax in the tub with their candy corn creations.
The process of making soap can be similar to a kitchen science project. Kids will need to measure and weigh, then heat to change the state of their ingredients so they blend and mold. It is not a complicated process, but in today’s world the importance of handwashing can not be understated, so making some fun fall soaps is a fantastic idea! Here are some of our favourite DIY soap recipes for fall.
Thanksgiving STEM Activities – Turkey Races
Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the fall and often involves classroom and home celebrations. This is a fun game that also teaches STEM and physics concepts with Balloon Races. Turkey Races are incredibly fun for all ages and the perfect Thanksgiving STEM Activities!
More Fall STEM Activities
Want even more amazing fall stem activities? Check our our 31 Days of Halloween STEM Activities for inspiration to keep your kids excited about learning this fall as they countdown to Halloween.
Geocaching – Get out of the classroom and into the community with your students! There are millions of geocaches around the world. These are containers hidden with items and logbooks throughout the world. Students use a GPS-enabled device to find the geocache, and then leave other items behind as they sign the logbook. Geocaching integrates technology, science, social studies, and math skills along with critical thinking and teamwork. Invite parents to help with geocaching teams. This is also great for a school club!
Build a Candy Corn Catapult – Kids will have a blast engineering and building their very own catapult. Then use their catapults to launch candy corn. Add in a little math by turning it into a contest to see how far they can launch their candy corns.
Apple Science – Explore why apples turn brown and what you can do to prevent browning of apples in this fun fall science experiment that is simple enough for preschoolers, but interesting enough for your middle schoolers.
Follow a leaf path – Teach algorithms, branching, and debugging by having your students lay out a bunch of different color leaves. Next mark a start and finish in an outdoor space. Come up with rules, such as take a right at the red leaf, or go forward when you reach a yellow leaf. If your students don’t make it to the finish, they’ll need to debug! If you don’t have access to colored leaves where you live, any items work for this fun outdoor activity. Paint rocks, use eggs, or little trinkets to accomplish the same task.
These Fall STEAM activities for the classroom will have students of all ages learning and growing during the fall months. Even teachers enjoy participating with their students in these hands-on, engaging activities! Enjoy!