STEM Club - Eva Varga

Welcome to the home of STEM Club! Here you will find information on how to coordinate a STEM Club as well as a variety of hands-on, inquiry based science activities to use in your middle school science classroom.

I love teaching science but like many homeschool parents, I found that I often didn’t follow through on plans to do labs because the planning and effort to set-up was so time consuming. I thereby began to invite other homeschool families to join us, knowing that holding myself accountable to others would assure I followed through. STEM Club evolved from this and is now a homeschool science coop that I began in the fall of 2013.


What is STEM Club?

STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. You may also see it as STEAM with an added discipline of the arts.

STEM or STEAM Club is essentially an opportunity for students interested in these disciplines to engage in hands-on, inquiry based activities in a group setting. This can be either as a TAG program, an after-school extracurricular club, or a homeschool co-op.

How Do I Implement a STEM Club in My Homeschool?

To get started in coordinating a STEM Club in your local homeschool community, reach out to other parents or students with an interest in science. Is there an adult willing to teach? Query to learn more about one another’s interests and skills.

Perhaps a nurse could teach a 6-week unit on human anatomy. An engineer could teach a unit on simple machines. A fly fishing enthusiast could teach a few lessons on aquatic invertebrates. Think outside the box and be creative.

For me, the choice was easy. I love teaching science but find that because it is sometimes so time consuming to set up labs and materials, it tends to slip through. I knew that if I invited other homeschool students to join us in our studies, I would be more enthusiastic myself.

Resources for STEM Club

Coordinating a STEM Club requires a variety of tools and resources – depending upon the science or math discipline you choose to focus upon.

Free Science Curriculum for Middle School  I’ve compiled a list of free science curriculum for middle school – journals, textbooks, teachers manuals, and complete unit studies.

Home Science Tools provides homeschooling families the resources they need to create meaningful, hands-on science opportunities. You’ll find a variety of lesson ideas as well as the equipment and tools needed.

WonderMaps – from Bright Ideas Press These are wonderful software tools which allow you to customize maps. You never have to worry about copying a book page or finding your CD. These maps are web based so pull them up when you need them and they will always be current!

Hands-on Activities

You’ll also want to have a variety of lesson plans and activities to choose from. Here are a few I have shared previously and that have been successful in both a classroom and co-op setting:

plant kingdom foldable


Scientific Classification and Dichotomous Keys

The Plant Kingdom

Monocots vs Dicot Plants

Parts of a Tree

Cells: The Building Blocks of Life

invertebrate animal phyla


Simple Invertebrates

Echinoderms and Molluscs


Bird Anatomy

Goldfish Lab


Human Anatomy

Introduction to Human Body Systems

Nervous System

Muscular System

Integumentary System

Digestive System

Skeletal System

pond study printables


Aquatic Science: Spring Pond Studies

Stream Ecology

Forest Ecology

Cycles & Ecosystems – Learn how plants and animals interact with each other and with their environment through these important ecosystem cycles.

Let’s Get Dirty: Soil Horizons & Particle Size – Things to look for in soil are color, texture, structure, depth, and pH. Dig in with these hands-on activities.

What Lives in Our Soil? – Hands-on activity to investigate the life within our local soils

Let’s Get Dirty: Life in the Mud



Sands from Around the World

The Rock Cycle

Plate Tectonics

Geospheres and Our Earth System



Rainbow Candies: A Candy Chromotography

Rock Candy Tutorial: What NOT to Do

Polymers Are Cool: 3 Recipes for Middle School

newspaper towers


Skyscrapers & Wind Velocity

Newspaper Towers & Skyscrapers

Forms of Energy & Simple Motors – Build a simple motor with just wire, a battery, and a magnet

Basics of Electricity – Includes PowerPoint presentation

Forms of Energy: Potential & Kinetic Energy – Wind Powered Cars and Swinging Mass lab activities


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