Once STEM comes into your homeschool, the odds are that your kids will be more engaged, learn more, and have more fun. Check out these FREE History & Geography STEM Projects to spruce up your social studies lessons in your homeschool.
Using STEM in your homeschool is daring to move your children towards a more integrated approach to science, technology, engineering, math, and art. After trying STEM, you understand what all the rave is about.
Learning more than one subject at a time provides a more “whole” style of learning, and the connections between subjects are more evident. As more educators caught onto the benefits, they added art to form STEAM, and the last I have heard is the addition of robot design to formulate STREAM.
Now that more and more educators are starting to think in this manner, where varying subjects can be combined, learning has become more collaborative.
Why not try to integrate science and geography? Why not see how to use technology by searching for world locations? Maybe add arts and crafts to your country studies. The options are endless.
There are a few ways that I have learned to add geography or history alongside or combined with STEM. Here are some that may work for your homeschool:
1. As soon as they are open, visit a museum.
Visiting an art museum, your kids can report on the artists’ history, identify the geometric concepts they noticed, and even give their perception of some of the art.
In a history museum, kids can research the inventions, the cultivation of the land during a period, and how the societies were built.
2. Research STEM engineers.
Your student can search for a pioneer in the STEM field and report on what was going on during their period in history and discover which events could have influenced their contribution to STEM.
3. Recreate historical inventions with a twist.
Explore some historical technologies that have shaped our nation or that have been flops. Have your children brainstorm ways the inventions could have been more beneficial, helpful, or just plainly more interesting.
4. Use cool tools to build historical landmarks.
Legos and candy are my favorites here. Can you purchase some gumdrops or sugar cubes? Imagine what you can help your kids engineer with the simplest of objects (i.e., bridges, famous landmarks, etc.)
5. Use experiments to describe history.
For example, kids can explore why different civilizations chose their living environment. For instance, igloos were first developed as temporary homes in the winter for hunters.
Scroll down for a bunch of FREE History & Geography STEM Projects
Explore these FREE History & Geography STEM Projects to incorporate different subjects in your homeschool:
Geography and STEM:
Bridge Building Stem Activities | Fantastic Fun and Learning
FREE LEGO World Landmark Building Cards | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Geography Around the World through STEM Projects | Preschool Powol Packets
Landform STEM Projects | Teachers are Terrific
STEM Activities for Kids: Great Wall of China Challenge | Preschool Powol Packets
STEM and Geography: How to Build an Ancient Viking Ship | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Landforms STEM: Ideal Island | The First Grade Round-Up
Making LEGO Landmarks | Homegrown Learners
Montessori-Inspired Compass Rose Activities and Outdoor Compass Walks | Living Montessori Now
Landforms: Experiments, Resources, and a FREEBIE | Second Grade Nest
STEM in Social Studies: Building Aqueducts | To Engage the Mall
Science project – What is Topography? | Education.com
Hands-On Ways to Learn Geography | Proverbial Homemaker
Using Minecraft to Learn about World Landmarks | Momgineer
Mount Everest Unit Study – With Kendal Mint Cake Recipe | STEAM Powered Family
Google Earth Scavenger Hunt | ER Integration
Map Science with A Homemade Compass | What We Do All Day
Explore cities with digital scavenger hunts | Homeschooling with Technology
History and STEM:
20 Cool STEM Activities to Learn About Ancient Times | Techie Homeschool Mom
Earth Collage STEAM Project for Kids | Kitchen Counter Chronicle
5 STEM Lessons to Celebrate Black History Month | Scholastic.com
Early Medieval Europe – STEM Challenges! | Teach Student Savvy
10 Fun Diwali Activities for Kids | My Little Puppet
Northeast Region Game for United States ~ FREE | Suburban Snow White
Activities to teach kids about Chinese culture | Rebekah Gienapp
California and U.S. History iMazing Project | Upper Elementary Snapshots
West Africa STEM Challenges! | Teach Student Savvy
Celebrating Lewis and Clark with To-Scale Mapping | Our Journey Westward
Cloth Dying- STEAM in History | Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids
Mesoamerica: Inca, Aztec, & Mayan STEM Challenges! | Teach Student Savvy
Slavery and Civil War Unit Study | Our Journey Westward
Ancient Egypt STEM Ideas! | Teach Student Savvy
Native American STEM Challenge: Build a Native American Shelter | The Joy of Teaching
Build a Raft STEM Challenge – California Gold Rush | Teachers are Terrific
7 Activities Featuring Women in STEM History | Vivify STEM
Hidden Figures STEM and Coding Activities | Carly and Adam
Ancient India STEM Challenges | StudentSavvy
When you challenge your kids to connect history and geography with STEM, you increase their interest in other subjects.
I love the idea of connections. When children can connect ideas between subjects, I think that the connections made produce learning like it would not have should the subjects have been taught separately.
Our brains develop memory via connections we have from past history. This skill is also crucial for our kids to learn as they grow into adults.
We challenge our kids to troubleshoot by making connections that produce critical thinking skills. These FREE History & Geography STEM Projects will help your kids do just that.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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