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Quirky curious

From some of the quirkiest minds inside the Little Scientists team come some personal insights into experiencing and exploring STEM in the world around you. With this collection of curious facts and observations, we aim to inspire you to find STEM in the everyday.

Unique identifiers: Seahorses

Posted on August 19th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Seahorse

Each seahorse has a crown, called a coronet, which is a unique identifier. Just like seahorses can be distinguished by their coronets, humans can be distinguished by their fingerprints. Encourage the children to investigate their own fingerprints and compare them with others’.

Clean up the mess

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Picking plastic bottle out of waterway

Impactful early experiences help to shape our personality and create personal life-long values. Cleaning your local stream, building a water purification system or investigating other ways to protect our environment in a child-led way, could be the spark to ignite the passion for sustainability in the environmentalists of tomorrow.

It’s hot in here

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Wooden thermometer close up

This playful activity is a wonderful way to extend the vocabulary of temperature. The idea that people experience temperature differently and that ‘hotness’ is not fixed is fascinating to children.

Measuring heights: Penguins

Posted on August 5th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Penguins walking in a line surrounded by snow

There are 17 species of penguin, ranging in height from 20-130cm tall. By measuring and recording heights, children learn skills important for scientific research. They also use criteria for classification and STEM language.

Tessellation: Sea turtles

Posted on July 28th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Sea turtle swimming in ocean

What do you know about tessellations and why do turtle shells form hexagons? My hypothesis is that hexagons have a larger surface area to smaller perimeter ratio. What is your hypothesis? What are the children’s?

Hearing without ears: Dolphins

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Dolphin jumping through a wave

Do dolphins and whales have ears? How do earthworms hear? Why are ears shaped the way they are? Would dolphins and whales create more drag if they had external ears? Does long hair make a difference when moving through water? This STEM activity examines these questions and much more.

Weightlifting: Blue whales

Posted on July 15th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Blue Whale

The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived (that we know of), bigger than an elephant and bigger than any of the dinosaurs we have found. This activity explores one of the reasons why it has been able to evolve to be SO BIG!

Silence is golden

Posted on July 7th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Children with eyes closed listening for sounds

Find a cosy place to sit with the children and ask everyone to close their eyes. What can they hear? You will be surprised how many sounds the children notice when everybody is quiet. For many children, this might be the first time they consciously absorb the sounds around them and they might wonder, ‘Why have I never heard this sound before?’, ‘Can I ignore a sound if I decide to?’

Sweet surprises

Posted on June 10th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

kids writing a message

In our modern world, the ability to encode content is becoming more and more essential. Modern-day technology has led to an unprecedented level of transparency. To ensure children’s safety, their ability to recognise a security risk and a skill set that helps them protect their privacy are invaluable. The first step to cyber safety is to understand the basics of keeping information safe.

Technology, blessing or curse?

Posted on May 13th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Kids playing with book and stuffed animal

The other day, we had a power outage for 12 hours. No big deal, right? Technology really does make life so much easier! On the flip side, the convenience of our modern lives comes at a cost.

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