Middle school isn’t as fun as elementary school, just ask any 6th grader. But when you introduce Valentine STEM activities for middle school to your students, some fun is put back into science. Try these middle school STEM activities and expand on the ideas with your own class according to your current topic schedule.
Middle School STEM Activities for Valentine’s Day
Middle school teachers can use these STEM idea starters to create their own middle school STEM activities with a valentines twist!
What Does STEM Look Like in Middle School?
Middle school is an exciting time for the STEM classroom because this is when you can start introducing “real” science and STEM into the classroom.
Equipment can be more sophisticated and the challenges can be more robust.
I like to encourage every middle school STEM activity to solve a real-world problem. To illustrate some concepts, sometimes the real-world problem has to be a bit of a stretch, but that only adds to the fun.
A middle school STEM activity should have a problem to solve, an open-ended solution, and a discussion on why or why not that solution worked to solve that problem.
Middle school STEM activities can also help introduce new concepts or tools in the science lab.
How to Bring Valentine’s Day into Middle School STEM
Middle school science can get a little boring, as things get more complicated. But you can lighten up the work by bringing in more hands-on activities and making some experiments seasonal.
For Valentine’s Day, you can learn using candy, chocolate, or hearts.
Maybe the kids can figure out how to make a working model of a heart, or they can find out how to create sustainable crystals that replaces diamond mining.
There is almost no end to what you can add in for Valentine’s STEM activties!
The Ultimate List of Valentine STEM Activities for Middle School
Try these middle school STEM activities on Valentine’s Day!
Instead of writing on paper, use conversation hearts instead!
Make a working model of the human heart and learn about the circulatory system.
Find out what colors are hidden inside of non-primary colors and how the light spectrum works.
Learn about ionic bonds, solutions, and crystal formation in this Valentine friendly science experiment.
Even middle schoolers will love making a classic lava lamp. Give it a Valentine’s Day twist by making it pink, red, or purple.
Electrical engineering is a fascinating subject in middle school. Keep things safe by using Squishy Circuits.
Communicate to someone across international borders using binary coding braclets!
Even middle schoolers might struggle to build a heart out of LEGOs.
Experiment with polymer chains and chemical bonds in this Valentine-friendly science experiment.
Challenge middle school students to build replicas of famous landmarks in places known for love, like Paris!
Venn diagrams are fun, but number factors aren’t. Make them more fun using conversation hearts.
This lesson includes a lot of variety and hands-on ideas for studying not only the heart but the entire circulatory system from making a blood model to studying how blood flows through the body and heart.
Did you know you can make your own model of a heart using just a few things like plastic bottles and straws?
Kids will have a blast completing this Cupid’s bow engineering challenge. Learn about the physics behind a bow and arrow!