The 4th of July is one of the best holidays for STEMists! Firstly, it’s a great way to get kids engaged in celebration preparation. Secondly, it’s a chance to do some super groovy STEM activities. From yummy recipes, to watching the night sky light up with fireworks, above all STEMists are bound to show up for America’s big celebration! As a result, we’ve put together 5 STEM-related ways to celebrate and have a fun-filled Fourth of July.
4th of July Layered Patriotic Drinks
It’s all about the density of sugar in this celebratory 4th of July drink. The trick to the layering is to remember that the more sugar content, the heavier the liquid. First, pour Hawaiian Punch, Fruit Juicy Red flavor to fill your glass ¼ full. Then, carefully add ice cubes to just below the rim. Now add a white beverage to your drink, pouring slowly over one of the ice cubes. Or tip the glass and pour along the inside wall of the glass—SoBe Piña Colada flavor works well for this task. Gatorades’ G2 Blueberry-Pomegranate flavor is the perfect topper to complete your patriotic-layered drink. Add a 4th of July red, white, and blue straw or favor, and your STEM Friends will be thrilled to sip this festive beverage.
Pop-Rock Sprinkle-frosted Cupcakes
Everyone loves a cupcake. Therefore, add an explosion of taste and texture to any cupcake with this Pop-Rock sprinkle frosting. Homemade or store-bought, frost your cupcakes, then add colorful 4th of July red, white and blue sprinkles. Finish off the top with a dash of red or blue Pop-Rock candies. Your cakes are sure to add zing to your celebration! While making these delicious cupcakes, explain to your STEMists the science behind their favorite candy. Here’s an example. Pop-Rocks is hard candy that has been gasified with carbon dioxide under super-atmospheric pressure. When these gasified sugar granules come in contact with moisture, in someone’s mouth or in a drink, the candy dissolves, and the gas retained inside the carbon dioxide bubbles is released, causing the characteristic crackling and fizzing sounds.
Most STEMists are anxious to launch their own fireworks during the 4th of July celebrations. Therefore, Groovy Lab in a Box recommends a safer way to launch objects into the sky—launching rockets! Decorate and launch your own rocket by using the Parents’ Choice® award-winning Lunar Launch Groovy Lab in a Box. Your STEMists can add red, white and blue streamers, or glitter to their rocket to commemorate the Fourth of July. Or, inflate a white balloon, and use a red and blue Sharpie to decorate it. Then, tie the balloon to your rocket with double thread, fishing line, or light-weight string, and launch it high in the sky. With each launch be sure to note the difference in speed with the added weight of a balloon.
4th of July Patriotic Getaway
Capture the patriotic pride that comes from being American with a visit to our Nation’s Capitol. This is one of the best times to visit Washington D.C. While in D.C., STEMists learn all about the great leaders in history who helped shape our country. Don’t miss the Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Plus, listen to a Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. End your visit with a viewing of the fabulous fireworks display at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, which illuminates the sky behind the Washington Monument!
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Whether you host your own small gathering or hit the road for a patriotic family weekend getaway, most importantly, Groovy Lab in a Box hopes you have a chance to celebrate Independence Day in a big STEMist way!