DeSTEMber Materials List

DeSTEMber

Activities for the week of December 1st – 9th

We are so excited for our first week of DeSTEMber!

Each Sunday we will post the materials list for the upcoming week:

12.01 Virtual Reality
12.02 Dancing Man
12.02 DeSTEMber Fest @ the Girlstart STEM Center from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
12.03 Solar Oven S’mores
12.04 Sphero™
12.05 Circuit Reindeer
12.06 Agent Sheets
12.07 The Houston Zoo
12.08 Shadow Colors
12.09 Space Salad

12.01 – Virtual Reality

  • Smartphone
  • Virtual Reality Viewers (can be purchased here)

12.02 – Dancing Man

  • ½ inch straw piece
  • Mini Styrofoam ball/bead
  • Paper cup
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Stapler with staples
  • Wire

12.03 – Solar Oven S’mores

  • Aluminum foil (enough to cover the bottom and lid of the box)
  • Black construction paper (enough to cover the walls of the box)
  • Cardboard box with lid (gift box, pizza box, etc.)
  • Chocolate
  • Glue stick
  • Graham crackers
  • Large marshmallow
  • Saran wrap (enough to cover the top opening of the box)
  • Scissors
  • Wooden dowel

12.04 – Sphero™

  • SpheroTM (can be purchased here)
  • Smartphone or tablet

12.05 – Circuit Reindeer

  • 6 brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 clothespin
  • 1 3V coin battery
  • Electrical tape
  • 1 red LED light bulb
  • 2 4-6” 24-gauge insulated wire
  • Scissors or wire strippers

12.06 – Spritebox

  • Smartphone with internet access

12.07 – Rope Bridges (courtesy of Houston Zoo)

  • Blue construction paper
  • Cardboard
  • Orangutan figures
  • Rope for trees
  • Slackline
  • Tape, glue, other adhesive
  • Trees
  • Yarn, rope, twine, pipe cleaners for activity

12.08 – Shadow Colors

  • Blue light bulb
  • Green light bulb
  • Pencil
  • Power strip
  • Red light bulb
  • White poster for background

12.09 – Space Salad

  • Bendy straws
  • Bin (to catch liquid from watering your plant)
  • Craft sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Glue
  • Lettuce seeds (can be purchased here)
  • 3-oz paper cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 1-cup potting soil
  • Toothpicks
  • Small box or pot (big enough for planting seeds and 1-cup soil)
  • Small pom-poms (yellow, blue, red, green)
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Sponge

Activities for the week of December 10th – 16th

Here are the materials needed for the second week of DeSTEMber:

12.10 Ice Lanterns
12.11 Pinecone Hygrometer
12.12 Pendulum Painting
12.13 Paper Rockets
12.14 Smartphone Hologram
12.15 Density Rainbow
12.16 Boomerang Can

12.10 – Ice Lanterns

  • A cup of rocks, pebbles, beans, or any other small objects to act as weights
  • Battery operated tea light candle
  • Decorative pieces (e.g. pom pom, pipe cleaners, beads, glitter)
  • Food coloring
  • Freezer (or just place your lantern outside if the temperature is below freezing)
  • Large plastic cup
  • Small plastic cup
  • Tape
  • Water

12.11 – Pinecone Hygrometer

  • 2 L bottle
  • Glue
  • Graph paper
  • Pen
  • Pinecone
  • Straight pin
  • Tape

12.12 – Pendulum Painting

  • Broom
  • 2 chairs
  • 8-12 oz. foam or paper cup
  • Large piece of butcher/craft paper, or other surface to be painted
  • Paint
  • Plastic tablecloth/Drop cloth
  • Scissors
  • Sharp pencil
  • String
  • Tape
  • Water

12.13 – Paper Rockets

  • Clear tape
  • Pencil
  • 2 pieces of paper (construction or plain)
  • Plastic bendy straw
  • Rocket template
  • Scissor
  • Stickers or washi tape for decoration

12.14 – Smartphone Hologram

  • Clear plastic
  • Such as: a CD case, rectangular plastic bottle, plexiglass, or transparency film
  • Clear tape or super glue
  • Graph paper or trapezoid template
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or exacto knife
  • Smart phone with access to YouTube

12.15 – Density Rainbow

  • Baster
  • 6 cups
  • Food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • 1-cup measuring cup
  • Plastic test tubes
  • Spoon
  • Sugar
  • Teaspoon
  • Water

12.16 – Boomerang Can

  • Hex nut (1 in. wide)
  • Hole puncher
  • Large rubber bands
  • Markers
  • Nail
  • Paper
  • Round can with a plastic lid (e.g. coffee can)
  • 2 twist ties or 2 short pipe cleaners

Activities for the week of December 17th – 23rd

Here are the materials needed for the third week of DeSTEMber:

12.17 Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes
12.18 LED Superhero Logo
12.19 LED Jellyfish
12.20 Down to the Core
12.21 Winter Solstice
12.22 Hook, Line, and Sinker
12.23 Magnetic Levitation

12.17 – Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes

  • Aluminum foil
  • Cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (preferably silver or white)
  • 1-2 toilet paper rolls

12.18 – LED Superhero Logo

  • Cardstock (serves as base for circuit)
  • Clear tape
  • 1 3V coin cell battery
  • Conductive copper tape (can be purchased here)
  • Hole punch
  • LED light bulb (5 mm diameter)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Stick on or regular safety pin

12.19 – LED Jellyfish

  • Clear tape
  • 3V coin cell battery CR 2032 (can be purchased here)
  • Copper tape (can be purchased here)
  • 5mm LED light bulb (can be purchased here)
  • Plastic Easter egg or 3oz paper cup
  • Roll of streamers
  • Yarn or string
  • Optional – Stickers, googly eyes, etc. for decoration

12.20 – Down to the Core

  • Markers
  • Medium binder clips
  • 9- 12 oz. paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Potato slices (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Sharp pencil (for poking holes in a cup)
  • Strong plastic straw (e.g. wide smoothie straw)
  • Tape
  • Tongue depressors
  • Wooden dowel
  • Wooden skewer

12.21 Winter Solstice

  • Ball (soccer ball, volleyball, etc.) or inflatable globe (can be purchased here)
  • Crate or box – to elevate the ball
  • Duct tape
  • Lamp with lightbulb
  • Permanent marker
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Sticker or colored tape

12.22 Hook, Line, and Sinker

  • 1-liter bottle with cap
  • 2 hex nuts
  • 6” piece of wire
  • 10” piece of wire
  • 16 oz. plastic cup
  • 2 plastic disposable pipettes
  • Scissors/li>
  • Water

12.23 Magnetic Levitation

  • 10-12” piece of sponge, small cardboard box, foam, etc. (to be used as your base board)
  • Box cutter or knife
  • Compass
  • Hammer
  • Old CD case
  • Nail
  • Permanent marker
  • 6 ring magnets (can be purchased here)
  • Wooden pencil (sharpened)

Activities for the week of December 24th – 31st

Here are the materials needed for the final week of DeSTEMber:

12.24 Crystal Geodes
12.25. Natural Dye Markers
12.26 Bioplastics
12.27 SciGirls
12.28 Surface Tension Bath Toy
12.29 Speed It Up
12.30 Fizzy Fireworks
12.31 Dream Big

12.24 Crystal Geodes

  • Alum powder
  • Hollowed-out eggshell
  • Egg blower (can be purchased here)
  • Dremel tool with small drill bit
  • Eggs
  • Unfolded paper clip
  • Craft stick
  • Drying rack or newspaper
  • Egg dye or food coloring
  • Hot water
  • Latex gloves
  • Plastic or glass container
  • Small paintbrush
  • White glue

12.25 Natural Dye Markers

  • Cutting board
  • Drinking glass
  • Hammer
  • Knife
  • Marker Refill Pack (can be purchased here)
  • Natural dye sources (see Table 1 for dye options)
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Stove
  • Tweezers
  • Water

12.26 Space Plastics

  • 2-drops corn oil
  • 1-Tbs. cornstarch
  • 2-drops food coloring
  • Microwave
  • Sandwich size plastic baggie
  • 1-Tbs. water

12.27 SciGirls

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12.28 Surface Tension Bath Toy

  • Flat piece of Styrofoam
  • Kitchen sponge (make sure it doesn’t have any soap on it)
  • Large container, sink, or bathtub
  • Liquid dish soap or liquid laundry detergent
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Utility knife or box cutter
  • Water

12.29 Speed It Up

  • Markers
  • Paper towel tube
  • 30-ft piece of string (or longer)
  • 4 16-oz plastic cups (the cups should be big enough that your hand can fit inside)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Construction paper, stickers, or any other craft supplies for decorations

12.30 Fizzy Fireworks

  • Baking soda
  • Coffee filters
  • Contact paper
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Tape
  • Vinegar
  • Water

12.31 Dream Big

  • Cardstock guitar cutout (attached)
  • Hole puncher
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Yarn (6 different colors)
  • Optional: Stickers, gems, etc. (for decorating guitar)