STEAM Lab for Kids

STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

52 Creative Hands-On Projects for Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631594199
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Lab Series
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STEAM Lab for Kids is an art-forward doorway to science, math, technology and engineering.

While many aspiring artists don't necessarily identify with STEM subjects, and many young inventors don’t see the need for art, one is essential to the other. Revealing this connection and encouraging kids to explore it fills hungry minds with tools essential to problem solving and creative thinking.

Each of the projects in this book is designed to demonstrate that the deeper you look into art, the more engineering and math you’ll find. There’s a science to great art. From graphite circuit comic books to edible stained glass, young engineers and artists alike will find inspiration. 

Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, journaling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to spread her enthusiasm for science to others soon led to a regular segment on her local NBC affiliate, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app, with the goal of making it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. You can find her at home in Minnesota, wrangling her kids, writing for her website, updating the KidScience app, teaching microbiology to nursing students, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631594199
Series: Lab Series
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 8.5 in / 215.9 mm x 215.9 mm
Edition: Kitchen STEAM Lab for Kids
Unit 1: Science
Acid-painted Eggs
Homemade Chia Pets
Crystal Snowflakes
Molecular gastronomy (fruit spaghetti)
Edible stained glass (sugar panes)
Countertop Aquatic Ecosystem
Wildflower Paper
Painting with Microbes
Art Plants
Moss scape
Bouncing Slime
Unit 2: Technology
Coin Battery
LED art
Solar-powered remote control
More tech and green tech projects from Mouse…
Unit 3: Engineering
Balloon Hovercraft
Wind Turbine
Bridge Design
Water-powered spinner
Pop-up book
Clothesline Balloon Rocket
Solar oven
Rubber band car
Book Binding
Camera Obscura
Unit 4: Art
Paper marbling
Homemade paint
Paper making
Wax Sculpture
Ice Sculpture
Birchbark sculpture
Unit 5: Math
String Art
Fractal Geometry Designs
Perspective Drawing
Fibonacci Spiral
Serial Dilutions of bacteria (yogurt)
“Liz Heinecke’s books would have been perfect for me when I was a kid: I grew up with an intense scientific curiosity about the natural world around me and the chemical world underlying it. Her home-brewed experiments would have captivated me. Now as the father of a 10-year-old "kitchen pantry scientist" and slime-maker, I appreciate Heinecke's work all the more. Busting boredom is excellent in itself, but making a kid feel like a scientist while they’re having fun - that’s brilliant.”
-Dan Wilson, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and visual artist whose songwriting resume includes "Closing Time” "Not Ready to Make Nice” and "Someone like You.”

"Liz Heinecke’s STEAM Lab for Kids is one of the best tools I have ever encountered for teaching relationships between STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the arts. The projects are fun, exciting, and engaging. From safety tips and hits to clear step-by-step instructions and materials lists, this book makes STEAM fun and user-friendly. The products of the hands-on labs are absolutely beautiful – these could easily be used as gifts for family and friends! Sure to inspire any young scientist, the short explanations of “the STEAM behind the fun” and “creative enrichment” for each lab are wonderful additions. Also, I am pleased to see photos of a diverse group of children sharing their joy in doing the labs; I cannot express the value that such a consideration brings.
As a scientist, I am thrilled to see the many STEM concepts that I use on a daily basis integrated so creatively with art using materials that are around the house or at local craft and tool stores. I want to try all 52 with my son! I cannot wait to use these labs for my future science outreach."