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STEAM Learning At Home helps parents transform an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.

STEM learning concepts do not have to be intimidating. You just need to gather a few materials to spark your child’s interest in the science behind the fun. 

You’ll just need: Mentos and Diet Coke 

This simple STEM Learning at home experiment that combines a sweetener with the Diet Coke causes lots of carbon dioxide bubbles to form on the surface very quickly and send a jet of bubbles shooting into the air. 

How to Do It

  1. Engage your child by asking, “What do you think causes bubbles?”
  2. Listen to your child’s ideas and talk about things that make bubbles. You may want to look up  videos online if she is curious to see other types chemical reactions.
  3. Prepare your materials to make the mento explosion and make sure to wear safety goggles any time you are mixing the ingredients.
  4. Step back and watch a jet of bubbles shooting into the air. 

This simple activity leads to many more questions to lead new learning adventures at home.

Here are some guiding questions to help you build  21st century learning skills, including collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving, curiosity, and critical thinking,

Questions to keep your child engaged:

“I wonder what would happen if we tried different materials.”

How about we predict and make a hypothesis about what will happen. Test the hypothesis by using different by using different materials and chart what you discover.

You can find more experiments like this one in our book Simple Steam, a book that helps Simple STEAM helps parents realize they don’t need to be engineers or scientists to support STEAM learning at home.

Simple STEAM has won the Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family 2019, and Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award 201


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