We are now accepting student writing (3rd-8th grade students) for our next theme in JANUARY. We’re looking for articles, projects, artwork and videos about SOLAR ENERGY.
Please email all submissions to write@SteamCityKids.org by Friday, December 22nd.
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STEAM City Kids is a growing online community that promotes and blends literacy and current events with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s a FREE resource for teachers to use in their classrooms to inspire higher order thinking. SCK (STEAM City Kids) launches a digital magazine every month with articles written by students! We believe every kid should be given the opportunity to have something published, so EVERYONE’S work is posted on the website! Then, a few student articles are featured in the monthly magazine. It’s a great way to inspire a class to stay focused during the research and writing process!
Monthly Online Magazine Themes
Solar is an adjective that means that something is soaking in energy from the sun (solar panels, solar power, etc.). Energy from the sun helps plants grow and powers the water cycle. All food chains begin with energy, and that energy is passed throughout every living organism. When we are outside in the sun, its warm rays boost our immune system, kill bad bacteria and stimulate production of vitamin D.
We can use renewable energy (or green energy) from the sun as a free source of power! Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world use power that harms the environment (gas, oil, etc.). You can be involved in the clean energy movement by educating people about alternative sources of energy.
Water is a precious resource that gets “recycled” naturally as it travels through the water cycle. In school, we learn about the role water plays when we experience different forms of weather and how it transfers from a solid, liquid and gas. Since our bodies are 75% water, staying hydrated every day is vital to our heath. We also need water to grow edible gardens, sustain forests and keep grass and other plants growing.
When we do not take care of our environment, the water cycle process does not run properly. There are places in the world where the water is contaminated or poisoned. When water is polluted, that pollution goes into the ocean, the air and the soil. With your help, we can spread the word about water conservation!
Where do you get your fruits and vegetables? Your family probably shops for fresh produce at the store, but those plants first grow on a farm. The people who work on farms are experts in growing food and taking care of animals. When farmers focus on sustainable farming, they use different farming tricks, or techniques, to help protect the land, air, animals and people who live on and around the farm. The BEST sustainable farming inventions are created when farmers understand how to use Science, Technology and Math!
It’s no mystery that temperatures in climates around our world are going up. There are many different reasons why our Earth keeps getting hotter. As you learn about Climate Change, you’ll discover different type of “greenhouse gases.” There is one greenhouse gas that is a HUGE trouble maker! Carbon Dioxide gas is a dense (all the stuff, atoms/molecules, inside the gas is tightly packed together). It’s like a thick wall trapping in the heat from the sun. Engineers and Scientists are working together to create ways to make our world cooler. We can use solar power instead of fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases. There are also some COOL inventions take some of the Carbon Dioxide out of the air.