Learn all about carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, and more! In this game, you’ll discover how to spot the different kinds of consumers and learn how all of the parts of the food chain depend on one another. Find out what some animals like to eat, and how others try to prevent themselves from becoming the next meal.
K-LS1-1: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Green Screen Pictures from the Midwest Museum of Natural History
Click the image below to access green screen pictures taken at the Midwest Museum of Natural History as part of the STEM Read and SMARTspace@NIU hands-on activities.
Click the following image to access the STEMfest 2014 green screen pictures. Did you miss you opportunity to take your picture? You can practice taking a green screen picture from the comfort of your own home. Need a background? You can click here to download the STEMfest 2014 background and test out your photo editing skills.
Learn about robots, their benefits and restrictions, and robot types. Play this online game to exercise your ethical decisions regarding the use of robots and also program a robot to move through a maze.
Watch a video with NIU’s expert and author of The Machine Question Dr. David Gunkel. In this video, he discusses how machines/robots are taking action in our world and the related ethical dilemmas and social impacts.
What world problem would you like to see solved? Sketch or build a model of a robot that can help solve this problem. Send us a picture of your conceptual design because we want to see it! We love showcasing exceptional student work. To send us your work, click the button below and next to Project choose Robots.
Help your students learn about the importance of robots and design a robot that can perform a given task while learning about the engineering design process. Students will design concept art for their robot designs and work together as a class to choose best robot features and build the bot. The task will only be performed correctly if participants programmed the bot properly.
Choose toy characters and write a creative story about a journey upon which your characters embark. Use a storyboard template to transform your story into a video planning script. Use a mobile device and PicPac (a free app) to capture your story and create a stop-motion animation video.
Learn about the interesting biology and physiology of living organisms in the sea/ocean. Examine fascinating sea and ocean creatures and discuss why they have certain features, possibly for protection, to survive in their environment, or to catch prey. Analyze the habitats of the creatures and why their physical traits help them thrive in such an environment.
Students, try out the following activities.
Educators, download this lesson plan that is standards-aligned, including NGSS and CCSS.
Design your own unique “creature of the deep” by considering scientific concepts, such as species physical and behavioral characteristics, environment/atmosphere/climate/weather, etc. Use the following Species Data Chart to help you during the design process.
Creating a Sculpture or Using Software to Design Your Creature
Use resources that you have on hand such as masking tape and newspaper to construct a creature of the deep sculptures. An alternative to the sculpture project is to use drawing software or other materials and a digital camera to design their creature. Great programs for this include:
Learn why the heart is such a vital organ in the body. By playing this online anatomy game, you will learn the parts of the heart, how blood flows throughout the body, common problems that occur with the heart, and how you can stay heart healthy. Game activities include labeling parts of the heart, matching heart parts with their functions, answering heart trivia questions, sequencing blood flow throughout the body, identifying heart problems, and sorting items that are good or bad for the heart.
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Play this online game to learn more about cryptography, solve puzzles, and escape the maze! This game explores STEM concepts behind the book The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
Create your own cipher disk and solve a secret message. Using your deciphered text, assemble the puzzle pieces on the graph paper. Print the puzzle pieces on transparency paper for best results. After you discover the answer to this challenge, visit the Check Your Answer page to determine if you’re right.