Do Some Magic
STEM careers require great imagination and innovation. In fact, the Smithsonian Institute just released a report on this very topic. You'd be surprised to learn how many "ordinary" childhood activities can foster creativity, imagination, and innovation in a child. And learning how to do a few magic tricks does just that! Let your future STEM-ologists put on a magic show or learn a new magic trick. Use the Youtube video noted in the related links below for some inspiration. Be prepared...they may charge you admission to their show.
Project Materials List
Varies by magic trick, but I think it's safe to say you'll need a quarter, a dollar bill, and a deck of cards...to name a few.
Related Web Links
Check out this YouTube video for some ideas. The web is full of simple magic trick ideas. (Note: The Explorium Emporium obviously does not endorse anything that may involve fire or danger of any kind.)
Ideas, Notes, & Tips
Be advised. Once your young, innovative magician learns a trick or two, he/she will be VERY proud of himself/herself. Translation: They'll want to show EVERYONE the trick over and over and over and over. Be patient. They're just proud of their learning....that's a good thing. :-)