Family Science-Engineering Nights

Family Science-Engineering Nights are a great opportunity to bring the whole school community together to play and learn. These events can stand on their own or can be an addition to Science Fair Project Viewing.

Family Science-Engineering Nights generally consist of a series of hands-on activities presented at tables with parents/volunteers assisting students and family members with the activity. Schools can hire outside organizations to bring the activities and train the volunteers that you will need to provide. Or you can plan the event yourself. 

Organizations that can bring the science night to you

Do it Your Self Family Science Night Activities

Our collection of activities have been selected for their ease of preparation and effectiveness during family science nights.  Each activity download has a list of contents with a brief description of each of the items, a lesson plan for the science night planner, and table top documents for the night of the event.

Activity
Grade Level
STEM Field
Requires Help
Est. Cost
Description
K-5
Engineering
Yes
$6.00
Learn about density with this water activity
3-6
Science
Yes
$6.00
Learn about how to balance things using toothpicks and marshmallows 
1-5
Math
No
$6.00
Learn how to count using different kinds of beans
K-5
Science
Yes
$10.00
Learn about adaptive changes that organisms make to survive in their environment
K-5
Science
Yes
$10.00
Learn about light absorption with black markers and how the color black contains all the colors of the rainbow.
3-6
Physics
Yes
 
Learn about the physics behind catapults and how to launch things
K-5
Science
No
$6.00
Use balloons to learn about static electricity in three different activities
K-3
Math
 
 
A word problem activity that requires math to solve puzzles
3-6
Math
Maybe
$2.00
 
K-2
Math
Maybe
$2.00
 
3-6
Math
Maybe
$2.00
 
K-5
Science
Yes
$5.50
Learn about the properties of this Goo that makes it not quite a liquid and not quite a solid
K-5
Engineering
Maybe
$18
Construct a contraption to extract a ball from a circle of string. Difficulty can be varied by changing the size of the circle or placing the objects in a box
K-5
Science
No
 
Test different foods' fat content by rubbing the foods on pieces of brown paper and comparing fat absorption
K-3
Math
Maybe
 
Measure arm length and body length to see if they are perfect squares or perfect rectangles
K-3
Math
No
 
 
K-6
Math
No
 
Try to keep an ice cube form melting for 30 minutes using a set of materials
K-6
Math
Yes
$16.75
 
1-5
Math
No
 
Use logic to find an approach to color the map using as few colors as possible
4-7
Engineering
No
 
An engineering activity that requires students to work in pairs and plan together to ensure their entrance of a tunnel matches their partners.
3-6
Math
No
 
 
3-6
Math
No
 
Try to solve math word problems to figure out the correct number of coins
K-5
Science
Yes
$10.75
Another gooey activity for students to create their own ooze using white craft glue.
1-5
Math
Yes
 
 
K-5
Science
 
 
Test students' reaction times based on where they catch a falling object (a ruler)
2-6
Math
No
 
 
K-2
Math
Yes
 
 
K-5
Physics
Yes
 
 
K-6
Math
No
 
 
K-5
Physics
Yes
$5.60
 
1-5
Math
Maybe
 
 
3-6
Engineering
Yes
 
 
2-4
Math
No
 
Each letter of the alphabet is assigned a currency value and students will use the alphabet chart to determine word values.
2-6
Math
No

 

 

For CRS members ONLY: If you would be interested in having scientist volunteers to help with science fair judging or with science activities during a family science event, please make a request and we can try to connect you with volunteers. The more advanced notice you can give us, the better your chances we will be able to connect you with a STEM professional.