With Father’s Day quickly approaching we have a guest blogger today, Dr. Erica Saint Clair from RosieResearch.com , with some amazing, creative STEM projects that will wow Dad on Father’s Day! I love these projects because they’re so much fun to make (not to mention just a bit educational as well!) and they’ll make Dad feel like the rock star he is when he opens an extra special gift. Enjoy these awesome Father’s Day Science Project Gift Ideas!
Summer is quickly arriving which means Father’s day is on the horizon. There always seems to be a ton of Mother’s day crafts out there but I struggle when it comes to ideas that will make dad smile and feel appreciated, so this year I decided to make a few Father’s day projects up for my kids.
A few of the ideas involve really bad ‘Dad jokes’, which is sure to get a little laugh from him (or at least hopefully)! And while some of these projects involve building circuits (gasp), I have laid out everything step by step – once your order the kit it is truly plug and play. Remember, parent attitudes towards science is one of the biggest indicators of kids attitudes later in life, so fake it till you make it with any or all of these projects!
This is particularly perfect if Dad loves fishing. This project has a free downloadable template that kids can use to create a card where Dad “fishes” and catches a particularly bad joke. You can scale this project up by adding in an LED with a coin cell battery. The download is already templated for this, which means it will show you where to put all oft he parts. For younger hands just creating a card with the movement of the rod and fish will be exciting to decorate!
Just like the Father’s day fishing card, this project can be scaled up or down depending on your comfort and your child’s age. All of the circuit building parts can be found online and there is no programming necessary since we already did that part for you. Just copy and paste the program into your new Arduino board (using a computer USB cable and an online editor) and you will be ready to get started. This project is great for kids who love to build with Lego bricks as the circuit will be built from parts using step by step instructions. You can do an easier Star Wars circuit by skipping a text display, or you can jazz it up extra fancy by integrating an LCD display (both are programmed for you!).
This might seem a bit scary for Moms, but seriously, you can do this – your kids will think you are a hero and Dad will be amazed!
Does dad love to grill? If so, this will make the perfect dessert to his burgers and fries (or whatever he loves to make). Making ice cream is always fun for kids, and with the addition of dry ice to replace rock salt or a traditional wall powered maker this project will have your kids jumping up and down the whole time. Use any basic egg-free ice cream mix and cool it with dry ice from your local butcher to create a cool ice cream that tastes slightly fizzy on your tongue. Then use the extra dry ice with bubble juice to keep the kids busy all afternoon!
If you have a Dad who loves the outdoors you can put together a little First Aid tin for him. The best part of this is you likely have everything you need on hand at home. You can include bandaids, alcohol wipes, rubber bands, fishing line, pain medications, razors, etc. This is a great challenge in terms of spatial reasoning too, as you will have to figure out how to pack everything in the little Altoids (or similar) tin!
I hope you enjoyed these Father’s day ideas!
About Dr. Erica
Dr. Erica Saint Clair has a PhD in Physics from Boston University. After having her first child in grad school she left academia to begin creating fun science that teaches real science to both of her daughters. Her STEM labs and utilize utelize stories, art, and science to captivate the imaginations of children while teaching them concepts they will learn in high school and beyond. You can find her projects at RosieResearch.com and her labs on Teachers Pay Teachers.