Welcome to: The "M" is for Museum were every month we highlight one museum in the U.S. and talk about what STEM activities and exhibits they have. This month, we are exploring New Hampshire! Before we talk about our chosen museum here are a few fun inventions from New Hampshire:
1. Paper towels were invented in Berlin, NH and produced in the Cascade Mill on the Berlin/Gorham line by William E. Corbin, Harold Titus and Henry Chase in 1922.
2. Concord native, Levi Hutchins, invented the first alarm clock in 1787.
3. Samuel Morey of Orford, NH invented the internal combustion engine in 1793. This invention paved the way for the construction of steam ships, revolutionizing transportation in the USA.
For our museum this month, we are exploring the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH. It is an homage to Alan Bartlett Shepard, the first American to travel to space, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a casualty of the Challenger mission and the first teacher in space. Their mission is to inspire every generation to reach for the stars, through engaging, artful and entertaining activities that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science. They are even hosting Summer STEM Day camps in person this year!
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If you get a chance to visit this wonderful museum or you complete the experiment, don't forget to take a picture and send it to us!
Our STEM Starter Activities
Our STEM experiments are slightly different from others.
At STEM Starter one can find activities that do not require the purchase of expensive scientific chemicals or equipment. We do not ask you to: hand over your information; become a member or register for a monthly subscription. If you wish to download our E-book - fantastic; if not - you will continue to find phenomenal experiments on this website. Our STEM Starter activities are based on regular, everyday items that can be found in your home. We do not just provide the instructions for a STEM activity - we tell students why an activity works and where they can go for additional resources. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are not scary subjects that only a select few people can understand. These fields of study surround our daily lives and STEM Starter was created to help children recognize the STEM around them while demonstrating that they are capable of learning complex ideas and concepts. All they must do is ask questions and learn how to find the answers.
The goal of STEM Starter is perfectly captured in this quote from our founder.
"Stem Starter doesn't reinvent the wheel,
we show how it works."
Our volunteers are college students and volunteers who are dedicated to the STEM fields. We recognize that nurturing a genuine curiosity for the STEM fields can begin early in our lives and that is why our activities are designed for Pre-school, elementary and middle school students. Additionally, STEM Starter links our experiments and activities to Individual Educational Plans to assist families educating children who fall on the Autism spectrum.
We organized access to the activities by incorporating drop down menus via the Main Menu above. The activities are separated by Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Should you wish to conduct additional experiments based upon the season, you can access them via the STEM of the Season Tab. Here we provide free access to experiments that change with the season. Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that our first book of experiments; STEM Starter: Charting a New Course is available as a free download. This is an e-book that is only available via our website and it offers 52 experiments - that is one experiment per week for a year!
We hope you find this website, and the activities provided, helpful, encouraging, and inspiring. We know that nothing is perfect, so please make sure to rate the experiments and offer input and constructive criticism. We want to do our absolute best to offer budding STEM students a phenomenal product that compliments their ongoing educational goals.
Here are a few book resources to assist you with STEAM Projects: