StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Boats

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Hoist the anchor, hold the mainstay, and grab a pool noodle! Our last #summerSTEMchallenge is all about buoyancy, and it’s made with materials you probably already have at home!

Challenge: Create a boat and find out how much weight your boat can hold without sinking.

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. Using a craft knife (we used a bread knife!) cut a 1 inch disk off the noodle.

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Step 2: Set the sails

Print out the StoryBots Sails and tape a stick to the back (we used coffee stirrers).

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Step 3: Put it all together

Insert the sail firmly into the noodle.

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Step 4: Experiment time!

Try out your boat in a kiddie pool, the sink, the tub, or a shallow tub. How can you make this project even better?

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Extension Ideas

Try out these extension ideas:

  • How can you change the sail to improve your boat?
  • How many pennies (or other cargo) can your boat hold?
  • Can you add a motor?

Where are you sailing YOUR boat? In the bathtub? The ocean? In your cereal? Let us know and include #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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Let’s Make Fuzzy StoryBots

At StoryBots HQ, we were looking for a craft that was easy and didn’t require many materials! So we headed down to our dollar store to find some supplies and…ta-daaa!…we found these pipe cleaners. This summer craft can end up being so many things too. Try making animals, shapes, or even your name! However, our fuzzy pipe cleaners are about to turn into our StoryBots friends: Bang, Bing, Beep, Boop, and Bo!

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Step 1: Supplies!

We used pipe cleaners to make our fuzzy StoryBots! They are easy to cut, but be careful wit the cut edges. You can also use nail clippers (so you don’t dull your scissors).

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StoryBots Releases First Printed Books with Random House – Now on Sale!

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Bring StoryBots to your bookshelf with our all-new collection of learning books from Random House – now on sale!

Featuring your family’s favorite StoryBots characters, our first-ever in-print books make reading fun while exploring topics kids love. The first two books, Cars Are Cool! and Trucks Are Terrific!, are on sale today, with additional titles available for pre-order.

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Cars Are Cool!: Kids love cars… big ones, small ones, fast and slow! Fasten your seatbelt as you zip around the pages of this rhyming board book. (Out today!)

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Trucks Are Terrific!: No matter their shape or size or what they’re hauling, trucks rule! Join the StoryBots as they drive trucks both familiar and silly. (Out today!)

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Tyrannosaurus Rex: A gigantic body and super-sharp teeth make the T. Rex the most fearsome of dinosaurs. Just don’t make fun of those tiny arms! (Pre-order for September 5)

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The Amazing Planet Earth: There are eight planets in our solar system, but the most beautiful is the one we call home. Learn more about it in this early reader. (Pre-order for September 5)

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StoryBots ABC Jamboree: Packed with rollicking rhyming text and items from A to Z, the StoryBots help kids master the alphabet in the most entertaining way. (Pre-order for January 9)

Order the StoryBots books today from Amazon, or check out the Random House Children’s Books’ site for a full list of retailers.

The StoryBots books make the perfect gift for the little learners in your life… but don’t forget about schools! Become teacher’s pet and buy an extra copy for your child’s classroom or school library. Tell us how you’re #SharingStoryBots on Twitter and Instagram.