May 25, 1977, was a day that changed my life. Like many kids of my generation, when I saw Star Wars: A New Hope on its opening day I became an immediate (and now lifelong) fan. Star Wars t-shirts, Star Wars-themed parties, Star Wars action figures…I wanted them all! There was one obstacle to my Star Wars treasure trove, however. It was 1977, and I was a female living in a small town. Star Wars was considered “a boy thing” much like math, technology, science, and engineering were considered “boy things”.
Thankfully, those days are long past, and with the release of the new trilogy, a whole new generation of kids (boys AND girls) can be inspired to seek out the unknown and explore our own world through science.
Please enjoy the six terrific Star Wars Themed STEM activities, fun and enriching for all ages!
- BUILD AN X-WING FIGHTER WITH OFFICE SUPPLIES
Although this craft was found on the Frugal Fun 4 Boys website, this is a great activity for boys AND girls….Anyone who loves Star Wars!
A trip to your local office supply store (or a peek in your at-home desk and junk drawers) should yield all of the necessary parts to build this cool model of the X-Wing Fighter.
For step-by-step instructions, click HERE.
2. RESCUE HAN SOLO FROM CARBON FREEZING
This might be my favorite activity on this list! At fun-a-day.com, kids can discover a chemical process using vinegar and baking soda that can unearth Han Solo from his carbon prison! Lots of fun, especially for younger kids who have had little exposure to science experiments. Older kids would just have fun creating and re-creating the process.
Click HERE for full instructions.
3. DEFYING GRAVITY
Star Wars figures suspended upside down using magnets is a fun idea that can be presented simply or quite elaborately. (I am picturing multiple figures strung across a long line in the living room!) This is a neat activity from kidsminds.org that teaches basic concepts of magnet technology as well as gravitational force. Worth a try!
Experimental procedure can be found by clicking HERE.
4. LIGHT SABERS THAT REALLY LIGHT UP!
Lemon Lime Adventures features an incredible light saber model that really lights up, and that can be constructed for materials easily gathered at your local dollar store.
To learn how simple this super cool light saber is to assemble, click HERE.
5. STAR WARS PAPER SPACECRAFT COMPARISON
Over at Royal Baloo, there are detailed instructions for folding different types of fighters and cruisers featured in the Star Wars franchise, accompanied by instructions and a printable scoring sheet for keeping track of which ship is the best performing. This activity could make for a pretty fun afternoon!
Check out designs and instructions right HERE.
6. BB-8 PLAY DOUGH STATION
Left Brain Craft Brain presents this very cool, hands-on activity that focuses on beloved character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, BB-8. The greatest part of the activity is that outside of providing supplies that could be used to create a BB-8 model, each kid that attempts the activity can interpret BB-8 in their own way.
So neat! Recommendations for setting up this play dough activity can be found HERE.
Which of these edu-taining activities would you and your family like to try? Have you seen any other great STEM activities for kids? Please let me know in the comments section.
May the force be with you!