Fun family activities to unleash your inner STEM super-hero these school holidays!


With school holidays just around the corner, we're all starting to think about how to keep your family entertained! Our friends at Nanogirl Labs have created some fun holiday activities just for TCS. They’re sure to get the kids laughing, relaxing, using their imagination and best of all, keep the brain engaged by using simple household materials.

Based in New Zealand, Nanogirl Labs are on a mission to create hands-on experience and kick-start technology filled adventure by providing practical skills for the modern world. Nanogirl herself uses kinesthetic-based learning, including fun and creative experiments, to help people to connect with and develop a meaningful relationship with STEM, beyond the social stigma.

These experiments combine the power of fun with the power of learning and will help get your family engaged in STEM, a key skill for the future:

Unleash your superpowers within the comfort of your home!

Superpower – Earth

Craft a wind-powered car and learn more about the superpower of wind! You will be engineering a car using renewable energy from the wind to power it. Just like sails catch the wind, the force of the wind will drive our car forwards.  


What you’ll need:  


  • Thin card 
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil  
  • Tape  
  • Scissors 
  • Paper 
  • Small lump of blue tack 
  • Wooden skewer 
  • Large coin 
Watch Nanogirl explain what you need to do here: 


So, are you ready to answer the below questions? 
  1. How far does your car travel with one breath? 
  2. Can you use other forms of moving air like a fan or hairdryer to power your car? 
  3. How big a wind-racer do you think you could build 
  4. Do you think a bigger sail made from fabric would help? 

Superpower – Space 

Create your very own comet catcher to study all the comments and asteroids in space.  

Comets are small irregular pieces of the solar system and have been around since the beginning, meaning they hold a lot of information and answers! Today, we’re going to try to catch them by creating our own Rosetta spacecraft.  

What you’ll need:  

  • Plain paper 
  • String 
  • Scissors 
  • Kitchen foil 

Watch Nanogirl explain what you need to do here: 

Let’s see how well you learnt the activity 

  1. Time yourself! How many times can you catch your comet in 30 seconds? 
  2. Is this easier with a longer strong or a different sized/shaped comet? 
  3. What else could you make your comet from other than foil? 
  4. Can you catch the comet with your eyes closed? 

Superpower – Sound 

Want to make your entrance as a superhero as dramatic as possible? Create there two musical instruments to help. 

Did you know, a harmonica and a kazoo are instruments that rely on vibrations to create sound? When you blow into these instruments, the air from your mouth makes the vibrating sound. Try it out for yourself.  

What you’ll need:  

  • Baking paper 
  • 3 x small elastic bands 
  • 2 x flat sticks 
  • Scissors 
  • Thin card 
  • Plain paper 
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler 
  • Tape 

Watch Nanogirl explain what you need to do here: 

Can you answer the below?  

  1. What do you notice about the sound when you move the card rectangle up and down the baking paper? 
  2. Can you play different notes, or even your favourite tune on one of your instruments? 
  3. What happens if you use something different to baking paper? 

Want more ideas?  

Nanogirl Labs was created by founders Joe Davis and Dr Michelle Dickinson and exists to inspire, educate, and empower your little ones through the power of STEM 

Dr Michelle Dickinson aims to equip parents, caregivers and teach the necessary tools to help kids grow their science and engineering skills at home.  

For more visit https://nanogirlslab.com/ for more details!