STEM Fun at the Akron Children’s Museum

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The Akron Children’s Museum is a great place.  I love spots that give my kiddos a chance to play, pretend, explore, discover and learn (Plus, the fact that they’re not making a mess of our house helps).

As an advocate for STEM learning, I am especially drawn to the activities that relate to engineering.  So, in this post, I’ll share about those activities at the Akron Children’s Museum.  They also have a lot of other fun things that involve pretending, climbing, playing and having a blast.  I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area!

Discovery Rams at Akron Children's MuseumThe Discovery Ramps Area

This area reminds me of Rube Goldberg Machines. Tons of wooden & PVC tubes, half tubes & blocks ready to be built with. Then, when it’s all ready – there are wooden balls to roll down them.  My kids love this spot!

Big Blocks at Akron Children's MuseumThe Giant Lego Blocks Area

Giant Lego-style blocks to build with.  Need I say more?  Seriously – every time I’m there, kids are in the middle of building giant walls, structures and houses out of these blocks.  During today’s visit, a group of kids had built steps out of the blocks in order to put blocks on the top of their wall they couldn’t reach.  Problem-solving *and* building!!


The Derby Downs Area

Sponsored by one of Akron’s Derby Downs at Akron Children's Museumproudest traditions – the All-American Soap Box Derby – this is a really cool area for kiddos.  Legos & Lego Wheels are on hand for kids to build cars and then race them down the track.

Earthquake Shake Table at Akron Children's MuseumThe Earthquake Shake Table

Seriously?  How rad is this!? Grab some wood blocks, build a structure and see how high you have to turn up the shake table to knock it down.  So awesome.

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Jake Miller

Jake is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and is the Lead Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in Ohio's Orange City Schools. In the past he taught STEM, Science & Math in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio, where he was also a leader in the district's Technology Leadership Team and a co-advisor for the middle school's STEM Club. He has been an educator since 2003. His Bachelor's Degree is in middle-level education (math/science) from the University of Akron and his Master's Degree is in Instructional Technology from Kent State University. He has enjoyed providing more than 100 professional development opportunities at conferences and school districts across the state of Ohio. He is very involved in Twitter (@JakeMillerTech) and provides regular pointers for educators with his #GAFETip tweets.