Girl Power(ed): 5 STEM Activities and Lessons for Girls By Kate BeganEmpowering girls through STEM activities not only prepares them for a bright future, it’s also a fun way to keep them engaged while they learn. Little girls love tinkering with things and tackling complex topics just as much—if not more so—than the boys. Unfortunately, some harmful stereotypes just don’t seem to die. While many teachers and parents still choose to dissuade young girls from pursuing STEM subjects, you can do your part by incorporating STEM activities for girls at home or in the classroom. Ready to spark their interest in science and technology? Here are 5 STEM activities for girls to boost their critical thinking skills and ignite a lifelong passion for the world of STEM: Learn Chemistry by Making Bath Bombs Making homemade bath bombs are a relaxing way to explore chemistry and to get your girls in the habit of using scientific methods. Plus, it’s a fun activity to do with your girls on the weekend. For this experiment, you’ll need the following ingredients: ● Spray Bottle with Water ● Silicone Baking Tray ● ½ Cup Baking Soda ● ¼ Cup Citric Acid ● ¼ Cup Corn Starch ● 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil ● Essential Oil ● Food Coloring The first step is to combine the baking soda, corn starch and citric acid into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, essential oil and a few droplets of food coloring. Use a couple sprays of your squirt bottle on the mixture (it may fizz when you do this) and use your hands to begin molding it. Press the mixture tightly into your silicone baking tray and allow it to sit for 1-2 days. Next, start experimenting with the bath bombs. Ask the girls what they think will

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