Winter is a time for snow, binge-watching, hot chocolate, and delicious soup. But it is also packed full of STEM holidays to thrill the science lovers in your family.
Winter STEM Holidays to Celebrate
1. December 25: Christmas Day
Christmas science is such a fun study, especially for kids. Check out my Christmas science series, where you can learn about Christmas chemistry, Christmas biology, Christmas geography, Christmas astronomy, and Christmas botany.
2. December 30: Hubble’s Discovery
WWI Captain Edwin Hubble spent several years practicing law, before he left that all behind to devote his life to his passion…astronomy. In 1924, the brilliant astronomer discovered that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is not the only galaxy in the universe. Stargazing is very important for kids…read my reasons why.
3. January 2: National Science Fiction Day
Science fiction asks the question “What if?” Science fiction, or sci-fi, are stories that span the universe, alien life, technology, cyberspace, time travel, and even alternate realities. Sci-fi provides great adventures, conflicts, and chances for epic heroes to emerge. All of this within the realm of science and technology. Check out my post 100 Ways to Teach With Science Fiction for 100 ideas on how to incorporate science fiction into your lessons.
4. January 3: The Brooklyn Bridge
On this day in 1870, construction began on the bridge that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan Island. It was completed in 1883.
5. January 5: National Bird Day
Celebrate this week by creating some easy bird feeders for your backyard friends. This is a guest post I wrote for The Homeschool Scientist.
6. January 7: Jupiter’s Moons
In 1610, with the aid of his home-built telescope, astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered four of Jupiter’s moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. His discovery changed the world and the way that people viewed the universe.
7. February 5: National Weatherman’s Day
Today is a holiday in honor of the birthday of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen. Another fabulous post from The Homeschool Scientist is a free unit study on weather in general. Check it out here.
8. February 7: National Periodic Table Day
Do you want a GREAT activity for learning about the Periodic Table? Try building it out of LEGO bricks! To create this table you will need 11 different colors of 2×2 bricks. This date was chosen based on chemist John Newlands’ first table of elements, which was published on February 7, 1863.
9. February 11: National Inventors Day
One characteristic that can be found in the personality and behavior of almost every successful scientist or inventor is perseverance. College admission boards are now putting more emphasis on key traits like dedication and commitment, over grades and GPAs. They want more Thomas Edisons and Henry Fords. Take this month to study a few inventors.
10. February 19-25: National Engineers Week
Engineering is a field of study that is growing leaps and bounds every year. What exactly does an engineer do? You should ask is there anything that an engineer doesn’t do. An engineer uses scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to problems. They are the geniuses who find ways to meet our needs. They research, analyze, design, invent, create, build, program, test, supervise, improvise, and much much more. Want some FUN ideas for your future engineer? Also, be sure to bookmark my post Clever Gifts for a Future Engineer for your next gift buying event.
11. February 20: John Glenn
On this day in 1962, John Glenn become the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Not only was John Glenn an pioneer, hero, and fellow Ohioan, he was also a Christian who believed that the universe was created by a higher power. He is quoted as saying, “To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible.” He saw no contradiction between belief in creation and the process of evolution and stated that he could “appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact. It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.” Learn about more scientists who are Christians in a series I wrote for Bright Ideas Press.
12. March 5-11: Teen Tech Week
Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Check out my post 5 Unique Books to Thrill Your Tech Loving Teen.
13. March 14: National Pi Day
Pi Day is a beloved holiday around the world. Why does today celebrate a math concept? March 14…3/14…3.14…get it? Pretty neat huh! Get your mathematical geek on with these fun activities.
14. March 20: International Earth Day
Earth Day is a fantastic way to include important reminders in your homeschool about taking care of our environment. All subject areas can be addressed as you look at what Earth Day is and how to celebrate it. Along with educational lessons, you can spread the vital message to your children about taking steps to help the world we live in. Discover 10 Earth Day challenges for your homeschool.
- December 24, 1818 – James Prescott Joule, physicist, inventor
- December 25, 1642 – Sir Isaac Newton, scientist, mathematician
- December 27, 1571 – Johannes Kepler, astronomer
- December 27, 1822 – Louis Pasteur, chemist, bacteriologist
- January 2, 1920 – Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer
- January 17, 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, inventor, statesman, writer
- January 20,1930 – Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Astronaut, walked on the moon
- February 4, 1905 – Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer, discovered planet Pluto
- February 5, 1744 – John Jeffries, America’s first Weatherman.
- February 8, 1828 – Jules Verne, author, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
- February 11, 1847 – Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the light bulb
- February 15, 1564 – Galileo Galilei, inventor, invented the telescope
- February 18, 1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of electric battery
- February 19, 1473 – Nicolas Copernicus, scientist, astronomer
- February 22, 1962 – Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin
- February 24, 1955 – Steven Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer
- March 3, 1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone
- March 9, 1934 – Yuri Gagarin, Russian astronaut, first man in space
- March 9, 1943 – Bobby Fischer, World Chess champion
- March 12, 1923 – Wally Schirra, astronaut
- March 13, 1855 – Percival Lowell, astronomer
- March 14, 1864 – Casey Jones, railroad engineer
- March 14, 1879 – Albert Einstein, physicist
- March 19, 1813 – David Livingstone, physician, explorer
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