STEM Fun at the Akron Children’s Museum

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The Akron Children’s Museum is a great place. ┬áI love spots that give my kiddos a chance to play, pretend, explore, discover and┬álearn┬á(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. ┬áSo, in this post, I’ll share about those activities at the Akron Children’s Museum. ┬áThey also have a lot of other fun things that involve pretending, climbing, playing and having a blast. ┬áI 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. ┬áMy kids love this spot!


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

Giant Lego-style blocks to build with. ┬áNeed I say more? ┬áSeriously – every time I’m there, kids are in the middle of building giant walls, structures and houses out of these blocks. ┬áDuring 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. ┬áProblem-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┬áDerby – this is a really cool area for kiddos. ┬áLegos & 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 the host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast, the #EduGIF Guy, a Tech Integration Coach, speaker, Former STEM, Math & Science Teacher, and a presenter.