Star Wars lovers, it’s time to get your STEAM on!! Test your knowledge of the movies while you have fun with some science, technology, engineering, art and math! It’s a perfect way to celebrate May the Fourth or any other day of the year. And to make it easy for you, we’re celebrating with these FREE printable Star Wars STEAM Challenge Cards. These activities are easy to set up and most use supplies you already have on hand (if you’re a Star Wars fan, that is!!).
Star Wars STEAM Challenges for Kids
I worked with my resident Star Wars mega-fan to make sure these activities were truly Star Wars worthy. Here are a couple of my daughter’s (i.e. my husband, the Star Wars Geek’s) favorites… First step is to download the cards HERE and print them out. Then the STEAM force will be with you ;)
Film a Star Wars Stop-Action Movie: We just started playing around with stop-action (or stop-motion) movies at our house. We love the Stop Motion app for iPhones. So easy to use and to make something that looks great. So have the kids pull out their Star Wars figures and give it a shot!
Make BB-8 Out of Playdough: We love this one because it’s basically a chance to tinker with play dough. Grab some white, orange, and grey dough (here’s a great recipe) and some parts like paper clips and screws and buttons and let the kids build away!
Write Your Favorite Star Wars Character’s Name in ASCII Code: Are you on the light side or the dark side? Pick a side, and a favorite character, and use the handy ASCII Code handout that comes along with the challenge cards to write in code.
Compare the Size of the Super Star Destroyer to Your City: We were totally inspired by this picture of the Destroyer compared to Manhattan on Reddit from movielover278 to get calculating our own city. It’s a really fun math problem and you could even turn it into a mapping activity with some graph paper, too.
Download Your Star Wars STEAM Challenge Cards
To get going on your challenges this month, you can download the cards HERE. To grab the Star Wars STEAM Challenge Cards, you’ll need to give us your name and email address. In full disclosure, I’ll be sending you occasional emails with new and exciting STEAM resources for parents and educators.
More Hands-On Projects for Kids
Want a more advanced Star Wars STEAM Project? Try this May the Fourth Be With You Circuit Card!
There’s a May the Force Be With You version, too, for all year round use.
Or give STEAM Kids a try!! This book is packed with 50+ hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities for kids.
Captivating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities that will wow the boredom right out of kids!
Created by an MIT engineer, award winning educators, designers, and homeschooling experts, STEAM Kids will inspire your children to:
question like a scientist
design like a technologist
build like an engineer
create like an artist
deduce like a mathematician
– and, most importantly –
play like a kid!
So gather up your curious kids and get your STEAM on this May!
Or maybe you want to pick up the printed version of STEAM Kids… Hop on over to Amazon.