Cool Projects with Smithsonian Maker Lab

Welcome to Science Saturday.  Here at Mom-Spot, we love STEM and projects you can do at home.  Today, we’d like to introduce you to a fantastic book from DK – Smithsonian Maker Lab.  With this book you can build, invent, create and discover.

The materials for all of the activities are easy to get and many you already have at home.  The step by step directions are clear and easy to follow. As an additional bonus, there are superb explanations given in scientific language using kid-friendly diagrams. The perfect resource for any house, but especially a home-school house.

Smithsonian Maker LabSupporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun.

Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8–12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the “why” and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.

With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond.

Maker Lab project