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The Ultimate List of STEAM Art Projects and STEM Art Lessons

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Looking for STEM art ideas? These STEAM art projects combine elements of STEM with elements of art or design, transforming them into STEM art projects!

Check out the ultimate list of STEM art projects below, but first, a little background about STEAM vs STEM.

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Science isn't drab! No need to stick to boring STEM activities when you can learn just as well with these colorful STEAM Art Projects!

STEM Versus STEAM Activities

STEM activities contain elements of science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is an incredibly important part of a modern education for children.

Today, children often get STEM lessons in more places than just science class. My daughter has a STEM-style social studies class, and it’s one of the best classes she’s ever had!

It is possible to work STEM concepts into almost any topic and lesson.

STEAM art projects provide a fun STEM-focused way to learn art and design through the lens of STEM topics. These bright and colorful STEAM activities for kids put the art into STEAM! #steamactivities #stemactivities #stemed #stem #kidsactivities

The issue of STEM activities vs STEAM activities comes from a bit of a misunderstanding between what STEM is really all about.

The concept of STEAM came about when STEM was first introduced. Teachers of the arts were concerned that with so much focus placed on topics like science, technology, engineering, and math- that the arts (reading, writing, art, music, and the like) would get pushed aside and children would not be well-rounded.

However, when you think about it, it is incredibly hard to separate science, technology, engineering, and math from the arts.

Music contains elements of engineering, math, and science.

Art contains elements of engineering, math, and technology.

Writing requires knowledge of social science principles, technology, and a bit of engineering.

Dance contains mixes science, math, and engineering.

When you think about it, almost every kind of art contains at least one STEM element.

On the inverse side, STEM projects often contain art in themselves.

Science is all about exploring the beauty of the world. Technology requires thoughtful design and artistic presentations to appeal to users. Engineering is all about developing beautiful, functional designs.

If you are looking for a really fun STEAM activity for your kids, you can’t go wrong with something creative like these STEAM art activities!

And, although math doesn’t seem artistic at first, math is filled with patterns and shapes that are pleasing to the eye and ear when a bit of color or music are introduced.

Here at STEAMsational, we believe in embracing all elements of STEM and STEAM- mixing everything together when we can to teach children the ins and outs of STEM thinking.

We have a list of even more STEAM art activities here!

What is STEM Thinking?

STEM craft ideas provide a fun STEM-focused way to learn art and design. These bright and colorful STEAM activities for kids put the art into STEAM! #steamactivities #stemactivities #stemed #stem #kidsactivities

STEM thinking is applying logic to the creative process. Without the parameters of STEM, projects can get out of hand and become disorganized. STEM thinking helps children learn to organize their thoughts and projects into logical answers for real-world problems.

In a nutshell, that is the most basic element of STEM and STEAM projects.

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How to Complete a STEAM Art Project

A STEAM project follows a strict pattern based on the scientific method.

STEAM art projects provide a fun STEM-focused way to learn art and design. These bright and colorful STEAM activities for kids put the art into STEAM! #steamactivities #stemactivities #stemed #stem #kidsactivities

STEAM projects should follow this basic outline:

Question

At the most basic level, every STEAM activity should answer a question. The question could be as complicated as “how do we prevent our town’s bridge from flooding when it rains,” to as simple of a question as “what happens when I mix these two things together?”

Research

Before any experiment is conducted, the children should conduct some research ahead of their project time. This will help establish what materials might be useful, or what design options exist, or what variables to test.

If you are looking for a really fun STEAM activity for your kids, you can’t go wrong with something creative like these STEAM art activities!

Experiment

This is the most exciting part of any STEAM activity. At the experiment stage, children are testing their designs and concepts to see what happens. For most accurate results, children should run multiple experiments or tests for each question.

Experiments should use elements of science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math, where possible. Simpler projects may use just one or two concepts.

Record/Analyze Data

Once each STEAM project is complete, children should record and analyze their data. Our STEM activity worksheet can be used for this, or a science journal.

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What Makes Something a STEM Art Project?

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At STEAMsational, we believe that any STEM activity that contains a heavy art element can be counted as a STEAM activity.

This could be an exercise in exploring math patterns in a colorful way, creating science experiments filled with color or light, or even engineering projects to create beautiful things.

If you’re looking for artistic STEAM activities, you can’t go wrong with any of the following STEAM projects for kids.

You may also want to try our list of slime recipes for kids and our summer STEM activities– which also contain heavy art elements!

The Ultimate List of STEAM Art Lessons

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Try these super-fun and super pretty STEAM art projects for kids!

Technology Art Projects

These STEAM art activities have a technology twist!

Technology activities for kids help prepare kids for life and encourage the development of logic, programming, problem solving, and creative thinking. Make your STEM activities a lot more interesting with these technology-based STEM challenges for kids! STEM education is a lot of fun with technology!

Squishy Circuit Unicorn STEM Activity

Nothing is more fun than unicorn science experiments! These unicorn science activities and unicorn STEM activities are the perfect way to learn with magical unicorns while learning all about real life science at the same time. You won't believe how much science you can teach using unicorns! Perfect for STEM centers!

Unicorn Scribble Bot STEAM Activity

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

3d Carbon Atom Model STEAM Activity

Make slime educational by making this slime model of the solar system! The solar system slime recipe is a fun way to combine space learning and slime play in one! Make learning the planets fun with this educational slime activity for kids. It's the perfect activity for a space theme! #space #planets #spacetheme #thematicunit #theme #slime #slimer #slimerecipe

Solar System Slime STEAM Project

Science Art Projects

Who says science can’t be art? We definitely don’t!

Fluffy Rainbow Slime STEAM Activity

Kids will love making their very own walking rainbow from just three colors. This amazing walking rainbow experiment is the most fun walking water experiment ever! You'll have a blast with the rainbow walking water. #scienceexperiment #science #stemactivities #science

Walking Rainbow Science Experiment

Make summer learning fun when you make the galaxy oobleck science experiment. Kids will love this colorful version of the non-Newtonian fluid and will ask to do this science experiment over and over. Summer science experiments are fun for kids of all ages. #stem #stemed #science #scienceexperiments #summer #summerfun #summeractivities

Galaxy Oobleck STEAM Project

Make the galaxy sugar crystal science experiment and make fun space memories with your kids! Kids will have a blast making these space themed sugar crystals and won’t even realize they are doing a kids science experiment! Science experiments for kids have never been this fun before! #scienceexperiment #science #stem #stemed #galaxy #space #kidsactivities

Sugar Crystal Science Experiment

If you love science and love rainbows, then you’ll love making these salt crystal rainbows! Learn how to make salt crystals following these easy instructions! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day science! #stemed #stemactivities #science #scienceexperiments #stpatricksday #stpatricksdayactivities

Salt Crystal Rainbows Science Experiment

Learn about water density, energy, how molecules work, and more in this super fun and easy hot and cold water density science experiment! Kids will be delighted with how fun it is, and the bright colors will many any kid interested in science! It's the perfect STEM activity for the classroom or home. #science #stem #stemed #scienceclass #scienceexperiment #elementary #kidsactivities #learningactivities #teachingideas

Color Mixing Water Density Science Experiment

Have you ever wondered how fish swim in the water? This diving fish science experiment shows children just how fish are able to move through the water.

Diving Fish STEAM Activity

Learn all about surface tension with this easy milk surface tension science experiment. Kids will love this hands on science activity perfect for summer science! #scienceclass #handsonlearning #handsonscience #teachscience #kidsactivities

Surface Tension STEM Activity

Want the best borax slime recipe? Look no further than this easy slime recipe that doubles as a chemistry experiment! Kids will love this classic slime!

Borax Slime STEAM Project

Engineering Art Projects

Try these engineering art projects and celebrate art in the STEM classroom!

Make your very own exploding art this summer with the super fun STEM activity: exploding paint rockets! Make your exploding paint film canister rockets fly far into the air when you try this fun summer STEM activity. Exploding STEAM projects have never been as fun before! #stemed #stem #steamprojects #stemactivities #STEAM #kidsactivities #summerlearning #summerfun #scienceexperiments

Exploding Paint Rockets STEAM Activity

If you love robots, you'll love this amazing painting brush bot that paints all on its own! Kids will be delighted they can build their own robot!

Painting Robot STEAM Activity

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Clothespin Airplane STEAM Activity

Learn about the parts of a flower with this 3D rose parts of a flower model. Kids will love this hands-on thematic unit about the biology of flowers.

3d Rose Model STEAM Project

Take slime to the next level! Make volcano slime that really erupts using these easy directions for making dinosaur volcano slime! This volcano slime recipe uses fluffy slime and is perfect for setting up volcano science experiments at a science fair! Make slime educational! #slimerecipes #slime #slimer #scienceexperiments

Baking Soda and Vinegar Slime Volcano

STEAM Math Projects

These STEM art projects have a math twist!

What do unicorns eat? They eat sugar rainbows! Learn how to make your own sugar rainbow density tower in this experiment inspired by Zoey and Sassafras.

Sugar Density Tower STEAM Activity

easy borax crystals

Borax Crystal Science Experiment

Kids can boost pattern skills, design skills, and fine motor skills with this super-fun and super-colorful Perler bead rainbow!

Melty Bead Rainbow STEAM Activity

If you love Valentine's Day and also math, then you'll have a blast with the pattern block hearts challenge! It's the perfect way to make geometry fun.

Pattern Block Hearts Geometry Challenge

If your kids/class has a love/hate relationship with geometry (or maybe a hate-hate relationship), then these hands-on geometry lessons are for you!

3d Geometry STEAM Challenge

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