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Try These 20 STEM Outdoor Activities for Some Fun Learning

Learning doesn't have to be confined inside the four walls of a classroom. Learners will definitely love these STEM outdoor activities!

Kids love being outdoors anytime, and if they can learn in the process that's even better. So it's a good thing we've got folks like It's a follow-up to her first, The Complete Outdoor STEM Activities Guide for Fun Summer Learning. 

This list below from her article features 20 STEM outdoor activities that were curated by Sarah Benton Feitlinger, science teacher and blog author on Share it! Science. In offering it, Jennifer agrees that the interest our kids can build in these subjects comes from the kinds of activities that will get them connecting to the world outside:

"The world needs kids who treasure science, can conquer the latest technologies, and engineer brave solutions to solve the challenging problems of a new world. Outdoor STEM activities create the next generation of inventors, innovators, and leaders by opening up their minds to the complexities hidden in the beauty of nature."

Though these STEM outdoor activities were provided for summertime applications, don't worry. With a little imagination, you can convert them into something your learners can explore all year round. Check out the links below for some fun STEM adventures.

20 STEM Outdoor Activities for Fun Learning

  1. Animal Nest Investigation

  2. Build a Stick Maze

  3. Build a Natural Bridge

  4. Build a Balance Scale out of Natural Materials

  5. Nature Tower Building Challenge

  6. Easy Solar Oven Design

  7. Make Solar S’mores

  8. Build a Simple Solar Still

  9. Build and Test a Sun Shelter

  10. Outdoor Paintings with UV Beads

  11. Sunscreen Sun Print Art Project

  12. Make Recycled Solar Crayons

  13. Create a Leaf Matching Game

  14. Forest Counting Scavenger Hunt

  15. Leap Frog Straw Rockets

  16. Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

  17. Explore a Dirt Sample

  18. Build a Dirt Battery

  19. Soil Profile: Mixing Earth Materials

  20. Water Quality Investigation: Exploring Macroinvertebrates