Lemon STEM Science Ideas
I am one of three sisters. You might remember that this blog started out as a meeting place for us gals to share our ideas. Well, times change and blogs change, but there is one thing that never changes: sisters. You grow up with them, you fight with them, you make some crazy funny memories with them, you grow up some more, and then you laugh at those memories. (And occasionally you laugh so hard you spit out water...causing more laughter.)
There is one thing for certain. Sisters have a bond that is like no other.
So, when I became a mama to three little girls (and their super-chill brother), I was over the moon and back to watch these sisters grow just like I did with my two siblings. Now that they are getting a little older, I can see my oldest nurture the younger ones and the little sisters look up to their big sis. (And I won't lie. They fight. Like Mom-wants-to-fly-back-to-the-moon-and-stay-there kind of fighting.) But happily playing or fighting, they are sisters.
One thing I love to watch is when these girls play. They've got some super sweet scenarios that happen on a daily basis. Playtime in our house involves clipboards, checklists, tons of purses, glue, and the occasional microphone. The big two have big imaginations and even bigger hearts and it is so fun to watch my youngest look up the them with wide eyes and take it all in.
As a mom, I've noticed that my girls watch. They watch what I do, they watch what each other does, and they notice. So, when I had the opportunity to introduce them to the Green Works StemBox, I jumped at the chance. Introduce them to creativity through STEM? Sounds great! Encourage my children to get excited about science and math? YES! Unleash natural potential in my girls by experiencing science projects? I like it.
And the best for me, was watching my girls do this together. The baby saw her big sister in safety goggles as she learned about cathodes and electrolytes...and has been wearing the goggles every day since. Seeing them inspire each other was just awesome.
When we opened the GreenWorks StemBox, we were excited to get started on our experiment; We were making lemon powered batteries!
I was surprised to read that only 1 in 1,000 girls pursue STEM careers, especially considering that out us us three sisters, two of us are in the health/science field. Encouraging my girls to explore interests in science is important to me so reading more about the Green Works StemBox was very interesting. In order to inspire girls to seek out a career in science, GreenWorks has partnered with StemBox to create monthly subscription box aimed at providing hands-on science experiments to explore science, math, engineering and technology. Green Works is helping the next generation of female scientists to discover their natural potential in the field of science. Green Works supports girls in STEM and knows that when women get involved in science, great things happen. Their story started with a female scientist, Maria Ochomogo, who led a team that created the laundry and household cleaners that make up today's Green Works line of products.
A portion of each Green Works StemBox subscription will be donated to the AAUW, (The American Association of University Women) in order to continue the empowerment of women and girls through education, advocacy, research, and philanthropy. Check out GreenWorksCleaners.com for more information.
After reading all of that, I was super pumped to get my girls excited about our science experiment...and the enthusiasm was catchy!
Lemon STEM Ideas
We pulled out all of the items in our lemon experiment box:
4 Lemons ( not included )
Green Works Wipes
4 Lemons ( not included )
Green Works Wipes
And we got started on our STEM project. The instructions were printed out with easy to follow images.
First, we used the convenient Green Works Wipes to swipe away a few of the the baby's sticky crumbs from our dining room table. (Sticky toddlers love science, too.)
- Following the instructions, my eight year old build a lemon powered battery that lit up a light bulb. We tried a few more experiments, like the mini fruit clock that came in the kit.
- We pulled out some bamboo skewers and created a sky high lemon battery and lit up the light bulbs using engineering in our STEM activity.
- With all of the zinc nail-punctured holes in our lemons, we HAD to squeeze the juice. We tried to see if we could create a lemon clock using just the lemon juice in a cup. It worked!
- After the lemons were juiced, we tried to make another light bulb glow using the rinds. This time the lights did not brighten and we decided it was because the electrolytes were squeezed away into our lemon juice and the current stopped at the rind.
After all of these experiments, we were feeling a little thirsty. Non-lemon powered light bulbs went off and so my four year old had a bright idea to make lemonade. We added water and sugar and drank away the electrolytes!
It was so much fun to see my girls working together, encouraging each other, (not fighting), and being inspired in science. Someday they might look back at our experiment day and laugh at drinking their science experiment, but I'll remember the sticky crumbs on the table, the goggles on the one year old, and the fun we all had learning together.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Green Works . The opinions and text are all mine.