Spring STEM Activity
Help kids figure out how a zipline words and some of its practical applications with this hands-on stem activity for kids. This activity for spring or summer activity for kids is a great way to learn by trial and error as well as problem soling. Use this spring stem activity with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, and up! Understanding how ziplines work is an interesting topic kids will be excited to learn. So try this zipline engineering lesson and start learning!
Zipline Engineering Lesson
Spring Activity for Kids
Start by Engineering an initial design. Then, as you’ve tested your concept several times, now let’s work on Identifying and correcting weaknesses. I asked him what the main problem was with his design. He answered friction. I asked how he would like to fix this problem. He said some oil would fix it.
Summer Activity for Kids
He was pretty happy with the result of adding a little vegetable oil to the hanger. It flew!If you would like to do a zip line engineering lesson with your child, here is how.
STEM Activity for Kids
All you need to design your own DIY zipline for this zipline activity are a few simple materials you probably already have on hand:
- A rock
- A high and low area (We used the deck and the soccer goal, but you could just as easily use the top of a cabinet and a chair.)
Zip Line Engineering
- Begin by asking our child to build a zip line for the rock. This in itself will build some experimental skills.
- After the zip line has been tested ask what he (or she) thinks is the biggest problem with the design of the zip line.
- Ask how the problem could be fixed.
- Let him test his solution.
Ways to extend learning with your zip line engineering project
- Write a material request list.
- Draw and label a diagram before building.
- Draw and label a diagram after building.
- Write a report about the strengths and weaknesses of this design and suggesting improvements.
- Calculate the cost of the project.
Fun Summer Activities
Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:
- Marshmallow Shooters – go over 30 feet!
- 2 ingredient Easy Slime Recipe
- DIY Lava Lamp
- Pop Rock Science Experiment
- Grow Your Own Crystals
- Water Balloon Density Experiment
- Amazing Bubble Painting
- Grass Head Craft for Kids
- Bleeding Tissue Paper Fireworks Craft
- Beautiful Flower Suncatcher Craft
- 30 Fun June Crafts for Kids
- Lego DIY Zipline
- Exploding Watermelon Science Experiment
- Sidewalk Chalk Recipe