STEM Challenge Yo’Self

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STEM Challenge Yo’Self

Have fun and experiment with STEM Challenge Yo'Self, a new webseries packaged for the budding scientist and engineer to practice the scientific method using common household items. SFPL youth librarians share their love for STEM with tips, tricks and other tidbits featuring a new experiment each week, along with resource lists and easy how-to videos.

Download, print and fill out your STEM C lab sheet while you complete your experiment:

STEM handoutSTEM C Lab Sheet (PDF)

Summer 2020 Schedule

Every Monday, check out our Instagram Story and Facebook page to find out the theme for the weekly challenge. Gather your materials and get hyped for the release on Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the library’s IGTV and YouTube channel. A new, fun challenge is posted every week!

Then, get ready when YELL teens take over and release their own STEM Challenge in August. Watch anytime from the library’s YouTube channel.

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Challenge Name
Water Bending Challenge

Materials
jar, cardstock paper, dish soap

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Pom Pom Launcher

Materials
paper towel tube, balloon (or rubber glove), Pom Poms

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Dancing Seeds

Materials
jar, plastic wrap, seeds, rubber band

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Sticky Ice Challenge

Materials
bowl, ice, string, salt, water

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Windmill Challenge

Materials
cardboard, scissors, pencil, marker

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Book Dominoes

Materials
lots of books

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Data Challenge

Materials
paper, marker, variety of similar items

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Butter

Materials
heavy cream, jar

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Parachute Design

Materials
plastic bag, string, scissors, pencil, toy

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Teen Takeover

Materials
stapler, index card, popsicle stick, 2 pencil top erasers, wide rubber band, string, scissors, straw

Resources

Stay curious and check out these STEM-tastic resources curated by our youth librarians.