WMSI Kid's Corner

This page is all about at home fun activities for all ages! Scroll down to see some of our favorite easy projects!

Activity Catalog

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Stop Motion Animation

Videography • Art • Story Creation

About: Not all movies need a big budget! With the use of only a few simple items and students' creative minds, we can delve into the world of videography and create some incredible stop motion animation movies utilizing free apps on cell phones and tablets. Let legos dance, make drawings on a whiteboard move, or have cardboard cutout figures fly through the air! Students will work as a team and become the directors of their very own one-of-a-kind stop motion animation blockbuster!

What You'll Need:

  • An app for animation. Try Stop Motion Studio (Free version, IOS)
  • A background. Try large pieces of paper, or a whiteboard!
  • Something to animate! Try LEGO pieces or clay.

How You Can Make It: 

Tips from a Maker:

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Wiggle Bots

 Motion • Wiring • Robotics

About: kids will delve into the creative process by designing robots that move on their own using only a single motor. They'll have an array of everyday materials to choose from, along with an assortment of gears, in order to create their unique "wiggle bot". The design may or may not work the first time, but that's where engineering comes into play! Students will troubleshoot each other's designs and seek out creative solutions, ensuring all bots are wiggling and drawing by the end!  

What You'll Need:

How You Can Make It: 

Tips From a Maker:

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Skittle Study

Messy • Diffusion • Patterns

About: Want to explore how things react in water? Play with some super useful candy? Check out this cool skittles activity!

What You'll Need:

  • Plates
  • Water
  • Skittles

How You Can Make It:

  • Place skittles around the plate. Choose a fun color pattern and arrangement shape. Pour water over the skittles and observe what happens! Can you explain it?

Tips From a Maker:

  • What happens if you shake it?
  • Use another liquid instead of water; does that change anything?

Scratch Intro: Dance Party!



Coding • Loops • Motion



Scratch Beginner: Cast a spell!

Coding • Inputs & Outputs • Loops

About: Machines make decisions for all of us day in and day out, and it takes an engineer's mind to meticulously design these machines to make our lives that much more convenient. Delving even further into the innovative world of lego robotics, students will use color sensors, touch sensors, and even motion sensors to program even more autonomy into their robot designs. If my robot detects the color yellow, perhaps it should output an image of the sun? 


Scratch Intermediate: code a maze!

Computer Programming • Game Design • Storytelling


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Paper Airplanes

Aerodynamics • Flying Objects • Outdoor Activities

About: Most kids know how to make a basic paper airplane and fly it, but there are an infinite number of ways to fold a piece of paper, so why stop there? For those wanting to get a little more creative with their airplane design, we have included a list of 50 new plane ideas that you’ve probably never heard of. Aspiring young pilots will be able to get hours of fun out of this activity.

What You'll Need: 

  • A bunch of sheets of paper (standard printer paper works best
  • Some paper clips (optional)
  • An open space like a backyard

How You Can Make It:

Tips From a Maker:

  • What happens when you add a paper clip to the front of the plane? Somewhere else? What if you add multiple paper clips in different places?
  • What happens when you throw the plane differently, like with an upward or downward angle?
  • What happens when you bend the wings slightly, and have the left one higher then the right? The other way around?


Makey Makey Game Control Design

Engineering • Design •Redesign

About: Using Makey Makey technology, students will have the opportunity to design their very own game controller for a whole spectrum of computer games, including Pacman, Whack-a-mole, Tetris, and Zelda. They'll need to put their engineering caps on, though, as they test the viability of other controllers, and brainstorm just how to improve each other's designs and create the most exciting gaming experience for all!


Raspberry Pi Coding with Minecraft

Pi • Python • Game Design



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Program Staff: WMSI staff share a passion and happy enthusiasm for designing and implementing student centered, project based STEM lessons. WMSI staff have strong backgrounds in education, science, and engineering with undergraduate, graduate, and significant work experience in the following areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Experiential education
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Meteorology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Programming
  • Systems design

Camp College/Highschool Instructors: WMSI trains highschool and college students to assist with instruction for all of our camps. These instructors gain valuable experience in leadership and group facillitation while also providing mentorship to your children. 

What a Program Looks Like: In a WMSI program we provide your children with access to resources, hands-on instruction with project based lessons, and a place to brainstorm and create engaging projects. Camps are also designed to get children excited about projects at home, with lots of helpful links and helpful pictures sent to parents at the end of each day!