Sun and Solar STEM Experiments for Kids
You may not think a whole lot about the sun most of the time, but you can do a lot more with sunlight than just get sunburn. There are all sorts of fun experiments you can do using the light and heat from the sun, and you can even use it to make electricity! Try out some solar-powered activities on the next sunny day and you could learn a lot about what the sun can do.
A board-certified teacher provides directions for three different experiments about sun tea, absorbing and reflecting heat, and converting light into heat.
This website provides information and instructions on an experiment to test different materials to see which material will absorb more of the sun’s heat.
Want to get introduced to some new science terms before you jump in and start learning? Check out this easy word search puzzle!
Nothing is better than a good giggle. Share these riddles with your friends so you can all learn something new together.
Who doesn’t love s’mores? Try making your very own s’mores with the sun as your energy source.
Learn about what is inside a solar cell and why it creates electricity.
Watch this video and learn all there is to know about how solar power works.
Upgrade your solar power grid to generate the most power.
Ask your parents to print out these activities for you. You can complete a crossword puzzle or even do a scavenger hunt!
Here, you’ll find directions and a video demonstration for an experiment that tests how well solar cells create electricity.
Fight off the vampires in this game by using what you know about solar energy to collect energy and keep the vampires out of your school dance!
This is a classic experiment that everyone should try at least once! Try your hand at cooking an egg on the sidewalk on a hot day. Do you think it’ll work? Try it and find out!
Do you think different colors absorb more sun than others? Try this experiment and see which color melts the ice cubes fastest!
Take a break, sit down, and do a quick worksheet to test your knowledge about the sun. You can complete this online or ask your parents to print it.
You’ll find the procedure and a demonstration video to build a solar-powered derby car on this site. Work with your parents to build your own car and discover how solar cells work.
Time to take flight! Work with your parents to follow the instructions on this website to create a solar-powered plane.
A few more activities to demonstrate how solar energy works can be found here.
Here, you will find instructions for how to create a sundial. A sundial lets you tell the time using the motion of the sun across the sky.
Like crafts? Try this craft activity and see how similar you can make your paper sun look to the real thing!
Play this game to see how well you understand solar energy.
Some experiments have different ways to complete them. Try this variation of the s’mores experiment as an excuse to make more solar s’mores!
Here are a few more activities, one of which is testing to see if the sun can blow up a white or black balloon!
Need a new night light? Try making your own! Follow the instructions on this site to create your very own solar-powered night light.