23 cross-curricular STEM kits to address learning loss this summer – or any time of year!

cross-curricular STEM kits

Elementary & Middle School

Despite the heroic efforts by educators and parents, a year of school closings and distance learning (and all the stresses that come along with it) has understandably impacted students’ learning. These events have resulted in significant learning loss of students’ math and science skills in many cases. As many schools begin reopening, it’s clear that there’s a lot of hard work ahead to address learning loss.

Ward’s cross-curricular STEM kits are a perfect way to help get students back on track. The kits incorporate multi-disciplinary learning to help students brush up on the math and science skills they may have lost during the past year of virtual learning.

Ward’s Science offers a wide range of these STEM kits, so you can maximize student engagement and learning in any topic, even if you’re short on time and resources. Our cross-curricular kits are fully loaded with everything you need. They’re an easy and engaging way to build STEM skills all year round, including summer learning and afterschool programs!
 

Cross-curricular kits build multi-disciplinary STEM skills

Our cross-curricular kits include the popular Ward’s Essentials line plus several other kits exploring various topics and incorporating math, science, and STEM skills. Students will get to see the role of STEM in everyday life.
 

Use cross-curricular kits in the summer too

The cross-curricular kits are your secret sauce against summer learning loss! The kits are perfect for:

  • Summer enrichment/learning loss programs,
  • Summer science/STEM camps, or
  • Summer school
     

All-in-one science kits are easy to set up and use

Let’s face it; teaching science is the best job ever! But of course, time flies when you have that much fun.  Our all-in-one kits include everything you need, making lab setup quick and easy. All of the recommended kits below are:

  • Pre-packaged for easy setup, saving you time,
  • Include all materials to complete the labs, and
  • Include detailed instructions and teacher’s guides written by science and education experts
     

Use these 23 cross-curricular STEM kits to address learning loss this summer or any time of year:

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SK Reading Buddies: Earth’s Moon Kit

Students model the relationships between the Earth, Moon, and Sun as they explore the Moon’s changing face.

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Across the Curriculum Weather Kit

The three-book series, Wind, Rain, and Snow, and manipulatives are implemented to teach language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies, all with a weather theme.

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Ward’s® Essentials A Bone to Fix Kit

Students engineer the best solution to repair and test simulated broken bone using the representative materials available to orthopedic surgeons.

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Air Gliders Kits

Students build CD Air Gliders to strengthen their inquiry skills and understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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Ward’s® Essentials Spiral of Theodorus Kit

Explore triangular relations by studying right triangles and by building the Spiral of Theodorus.

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Young Scientist’s Club Scientific Measurement Activity Kit

Students learn about the importance of the metric system by measuring and graphing expanding foam capsules, melting ice towers, and growing beans and wheat seeds.

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Ward’s® Essentials Magic Blocks Kit

Explore basic mathematical operations and concepts using wooden blocks. These hands-on activities aid in the conceptualization of abstract mathematical ideas.

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Young Scientist’s Club Various Titles

Multiple hands-on STEM activities. NGSS aligned. Instructions and materials are included for groups.

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Ward’s® Essentials Properties of Polymers Lab Kit

Students create polymer worms, polymer slime, and polymer snow to explore the differences between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers and investigate properties of various crosslinked, superabsorbent polymers.

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Ward’s® Essentials Catapult Kit

Explore force, acceleration, Hooke’s law, and parabolic trajectories by building and testing a fully functional catapult.

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Ward’s® Essentials Magnetic Slime Kit

Inquiry activity explores solids and liquids and challenges students to formulate and test magnetic slime. Students observe and track the physical properties of “pure” substances.

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Ward’s® Essentials Clearing the Water Kit

Students design a water filtration system to model one step of the modern purification process.

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Ward’s® Essentials Spacesuit Design Challenge

Students use supplied material to design a spacesuit that can help maintain the body temperature of an astronaut in the extreme heat and cold of outer space.

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The Great American Balloon Car Race Lab Activity

Students design, build, and race lightweight “gas” -powered vehicles. The gas source is the air in the balloons.

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Ward’s® Essentials Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter Lab Kit

Students learn about properties of matter by exploring different phases of matter, density, physical properties of a solid and liquid, and chemical properties.

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Ward’s® Essentials The Ins and Outs of Diffusion Kit

Students use agar cubes as a model for a cell to determine the best cell size to allow waste elimination and nutrient acquisition.

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Ward’s® Essentials How Much DNA? Kit

Students extract and compare DNA from different fruits and vegetables using a salt/detergent solution and alcohol.

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Ward’s® Essentials Paper Chromatography Lab Kit

Students will perform chromatography as a method for separating and analyzing a mixture of molecules. Chromatography will show how the molecules in a mixture travel at different speeds and separate based on several factors.

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Ward’s® Essentials Exothermic Reactions Lab Kit

Students monitor and graph temperature change in an exothermic reaction and create a heat pack, which utilizes an exothermic reaction.

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Ward’s® Essentials Pythagorean Theorem Kit

7-piece puzzle that can do multiple proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. A concrete way to cement their understanding of this math concept.

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Ward’s® Essentials Carpenter Center of Mass Kit

Students explore the center of mass of a two-body system and create a demonstration that almost appears to be magic.

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Ward’s® Essentials Torque Feeler Kit

Students experience significantly increasing torque by moving a mass set down a rod while balancing the main rod.

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NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Students Kit

All the materials to use for the engineering activities. Includes almost all material needed to complete all activities within the educator guide for a group of 20 students.

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Visit wardsci.com or contact your Ward’s Science Account Manager to learn more and get personalized product recommendations for your science program.

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