On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared the separation of the 13 original colonies from Great Britain and adopted the Declaration of Independence. Now, we celebrate America’s Independence Day with lots of different summertime activities like family gatherings, swimming, parades, boating, and cookouts. But we all know that the quintessential mark of the 4th is fireworks!
This year, why not add some educational explosions to the mix with these great STEAM activities!?
- Make your own Milk Fireworks! Learn how from Brown County 4-H Youth Development in Wisconsin.
- While folks are shooting off bottle rockets, you can create your own Rockets to the Rescue with a previous 4-H National Youth Science Day project.
- Create some chemical explosions with everyday foods. Learn more about these reactions from the MSU Science Festival.
- Detonate dynamic works of art with exploding sidewalk chalk. WPS Learn Together shows you how with this science video.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Emily Schoenfelder joined the Illinois 4-H team in 2017. Prior to this, she began her work in positive youth development with California 4-H and the YMCA. She specializes in STEM engagement, social-emotional development, and educator professional development.
She received a master of science degree in recreation, park, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University.
When she is not leading a training, writing curriculum, or developing new partnerships, you may find Emily sitting on the floor of her office, building marshmallow catapults out of popsicle sticks or designing mazes for robots for her next STEM program.
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Connection Corner is a blog that provides timely information, activities, and resources to help you stay connected to loved ones, the world around you, and yourself.