Fun at-Home Activities!

Hi, Iowa State Engineering Kids (and families) – each day we hope to add an activity with some fun engineering things to do. We will vary the ages and stages of people who might enjoy it, but our goal is fun for you and your whole family.

Here’s the format of what you will find:

  • Today’s thing to do: (here’s an activity you can do with stuff you have at home)
  • Today’s deeper dive: (things to do on your own, like looking things up or learning more about people who do this daily)
  • Today’s couch time: (movie or video to watch that connects to what you’re doing)
  • Today’s bedtime boredom buster: (Bedtime Math and other thoughts to send you off to sleep)

We hope you enjoy our virtual Engineering Kids Camps! Even if we can’t get together on campus, we can at least have some fun from home! Stay in the loop by subscribing here. Subscribing will allow you to stay up to date of the fun activities that we will be posting throughout this period of time. Stay safe – be well.

Today’s Thing to Do! – ISEK LEGO Free Build Challenge

This Weeks Challenge: Build your favorite food!

Once you have completed your model, with adult permission, snap a picture or two, tell us a little bit about it and yourself in an email to us at isek@iastate.edu, or again with adult permission, submit it to our Facebook or Instagram.

Past Activities!

May 29, 2020

Today’s Thing To Do!

Industrial Engineering!

Learn about the ways to improve a process by creating your own!

Today’s Deeper Dive!

Lots of people who are engineers are studying the effects of the pandemic, and industrial engineers are hard at work trying to improve the healthcare system in America. Industrial engineers are doing extensive studies and dedicating a lot of time and effort to increase efficiency, lower costs, and make employees as well as patients more safe and satisfied during their time in a hospital or while using other medical services and healthcare. Read the article below to learn just how important these engineers are to the field of healthcare.

Industrial engineering touches just about every part of the working world. Check out this article to see how Iowa State faculty and students are helping to improve Iowa’s food systems using their knowledge and skills of industrial engineering!

Today’s Couch Time!

Take a break and check out the movie Dolphin Tale(2011)! It’s a fantastic story about Winter, an injured dolphin who gets nursed back to health. This story will introduce you to ways that industrial engineers can take a system, process, or even an animal that is undergoing some sort of problem and go through different improvement methods to make sure the best one is chosen! This show will pull on the heart strings, draw you in to want to help, and occupy some time when taking breaks from the outdoors!

Today’s Boredom Buster!

There’s so much more to learn about industrial engineering and making processes better! Check out this Bedtime Math activity to round out the evening and all that you have learned today.

May 28, 2020

Today’s Thing To Do!

Hour of Code: AI For Oceans

AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be used all over the world even in oceans. Today let’s take a deep dive into learning more with Hour of Code: AI For Oceans.

Today’s Deeper Dive!

In today’s activity, you learned about machine learning and artificial intelligence and programmed your own AI robot to identify and describe things in the ocean. You taught your AI bot how to identify the fish and other objects in the ocean using lots of example. Is this similar to how your learn?

It’s similar but not the same. Machine learning takes lots of example to help it learn, but your brain as a human may only need one example. Researchers are working to teach a computer like a child.

With machine learning, humans are able to discover even more. Check out how another planet was found because of machine learning

Computer Scientists and Engineers work to program computers and provide them with information the computer needs to learn. Let’s take a Crash Course on how these awesome professions continue to help computers learn

Today’s Couch Time!

Dive onto the couch today to watch some machine learning with Wall-e (2008), Big Hero (2014), Tron (2010), or Tomorrowland (2015). What do you notice about the futuristic robots in these movies? What might you change in them? Remember these movies are someone’s imagination of what it could look like. What does your imagination tell you?

Today’s Boredom Buster!

Machine learning robots and technology can be helpful throughout different aspects of our life. If you have extra time today, think about what you would want machines to help you with. Would it be help with homework? A machine to help you sort laundry? Consider drawing it out and giving your idea a name.

As you head to bed, make sure to up your math skills with this fun Bedtime Math: Because Robots Love Toys, Too

Today’s Thing to Do! – ISEK LEGO Free Build Challenge

This Weeks Challenge: Build your favorite food!

Once you have completed your model, with adult permission, snap a picture or two, tell us a little bit about it and yourself in an email to us at isek@iastate.edu, or again with adult permission, submit it to our Facebook or Instagram.

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Even More Fun Things To Do!

We have lots of fun and educational resources throughout our site that you can check out!