Best STEM Projects of 2020

It’s been one heck of a year. I knew launching a business wouldn’t be easy, but I never could have anticipated all the wild, unpredictable challenges that 2020 would bring.

There was bad, but still lots of good, and I want to focus on that as we move forward to 2021. So let’s reflect on some of the wins in 2020. For me, that would be my business. I love The Winkle, and I love the opportunities it gives me to create fun, educational projects that get kids excited about learning and boost their confidence.

Here are some of the most popular projects we did in 2020 (and a few of my personal favorites):

Noodle Doodle Bot

This project came in the January Winkle Crate, and I still can’t get over how cute these bots are. The Noodle Doodle Bot project is the perfect introductory robotics project for kids. Learning technology can be fun for anyone! The supplies you need and the instructional video can be found here.

Sundial

The DIY sundial becomes a full-day event! My kids loved setting a timer for every hour and rushing outside to make the next mark on their homemade sundial. This is the perfect project for a long, sunny summer day. See the instructional video here.

Paddle Boat

This simple engineering project was a blast! Making the paddle boat with rubber bands was fun, and then we played for hours in the pool with our paddle boats; making them race, doing boat jousting (not an official thing, but it should be), and seeing how much we could put in the boat before it sank. Watch the video instructions here.

Flashlight Constellations

What kid isn’t fascinated with space? (To be honest, I still am) This science project is all about the constellations. Where do constellation names come from? How did constellations come about in the first place? We learned about all of that, and then had fun creating our own constellation viewers. For the video instructions, head here, and download the free constellations printable activity sheets here.

Parade Route Project

This was one of the first projects I came up with when starting The Winkle. I’ve always loved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and wanted to come up with a way to incorporate it into a STEM project. So I made a parade with magnets. One of the great things about this project is that it can be customized however you want. It can be a Fourth of July parade, or a sports championship parade, or a parade at Disneyland. Winkle projects are created open-ended, meaning there’s no wrong way to do them. Get the video instructions here.

I’m looking forward to a new year, new projects, and new opportunities. I have some great projects planned that I am SO excited about, and I know you and your kids will love them, too.

To see all the STEM projects we did in 2020, head to The Winkle YouTube channel now!

Thanks to those who have been here through it all. Thanks to those who are just joining. I couldn’t do this without all of you. Here’s to a hopeful 2021.

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