I have two teenagers at home and I’m definitely seeing the warning signs of LBS, or “Lockdown Boredom Syndrome.” Luckily, Dyson has come up with a treatment plan. The vacuum cleaner manufacturer aims to turn today’s bored kids into tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
The James Dyson Foundation is offering a free set of STEM challenges to keep young minds engaged. According to Apartment Therapy, these fun activities actually came out in 2016, but Dyson is reintroducing them to get kids excited about learning new things during their time away from the classroom. There are 22 science experiments and 22 engineering projects for students 7 and up.
You’ll need only basic household items to do these STEM challenges. One of the projects is building a balloon-powered car to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. All it takes is a balloon, a plastic cup, straws, thread, and rubber bands. It should keep your child busy for a while and there’s no danger of a chemical explosion. Bonus!
Check out all 44 STEM challenges here. Who knows where this could lead?