Spring STEM Holidays to Celebrate

Spring STEM Holidays to Celebrate: download a free printable calendar

I have to admit, I am not happy it is spring. I am a winter and fall girl. I already miss my sweaters, footie pajamas, and thick scarves. But spring is definitely loaded with amazing STEM holidays to thrill the science lovers in your family. Here is a list of more than 20 spring STEM holidays and events you can celebrate this season. I’ve included specific ideas to get your gears rolling too.

World Meteorological Day: March 23

This day showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world.  The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues.

How you can celebrate:

  • spend a week tracking the weather patterns in your area and learn the methods that meteorologist use to forecast weather changes.
  • make rain in a jar
  • learn about a career as a meteorologist

NanoDays: March 25 – April 2

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) and take place at more than 250 science and children’s museums, research centers and universities across the country.

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Mathematics Awareness Month: month of April  

This event’s goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. It began in 1986 as Mathematics Awareness Week with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan.

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National Robotics Week: April 8-16

The goal of this event is to educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future, as well as inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields.

How you can celebrate:

International Wildlife Film Week: April 15-22 

IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April in Montana. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts.

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Earth Day: April 22

Earth Day is an event held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

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World Laboratory Day: April 23

This event celebrates the places where scientific research and experiments are performed.

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Arbor Day: April 28

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first American Arbor Day originated in 1872, when an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.

How you can celebrate:

  • plant a tree in your yard or join a community project to help plant trees
  • learn how to measure a tree’s height and diameter
  • study the ecosystem of a forest

National Inventors Month: month of May

This month long event celebrating innovation and creativity, was created in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest magazine.

How you can celebrate:

Freedom 7: May 5, 1961

Alan Shepard piloted the spacecraft Freedom 7 and became the first American in space.

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Golden Spike: May 9, 1869

A golden spike was used at the connecting sections of  the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads in the town of Promontory Summit, Utah. This completed the Transcontinental Railroad.

How you can celebrate:

  • map out the Transcontinental Railroad
  • take a field trip to a historic railroad
  • create a clay model of a railroad spike and paint it gold

Apollo 10 Photos: May 10, 1969

The first color photos taken of Earth from outer space are sent back via Apollo 10.

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Theory of General Relativity: May 11, 1916

Albert Einstein presents his Theory of General Relativity before the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

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Skylab: May 14, 1973

NASA launches its first space station, Skylab, into outer space. Skylab orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979.

How you can celebrate:

  • watch a short video about the history of Skylab
  • create a timeline showing the names and launch dates of space stations around the world

Endangered Species Day: May 19

This event is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to make a difference.

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National Zoo and Aquarium Month: month of June

This is a good time to explore your local zoo and aquarium as well as the websites of America’s zoos and aquariums. Many of them have excellent educational resources, including photographs, videos, and lesson plans.

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Solar Eclipse: June 4, 780 BC

Chinese records show a solar eclipse on this date, making it the oldest known officially documented eclipse.

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Hot Air Balloon Day: June 5

This is an annual event that celebrates the hot air balloon and the impact that it has had on the world.

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Benjamin Franklin and his Kite: June 10, 1752

Inventor and scientist Benjamin Franklin flew the infamous kite in a lightning storm and discovered electricity.

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Duct Tape Days: June 16-18

This is a 3 day event that celebrates crafts, clothing, and creations made with duct tape.

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Sally Ride Day: June 18, 1983

As a member of the space shuttle Challenger crew, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

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Spring STEM Holidays to Celebrate: download a free printable calendar

  • March 23, 1912 – Werner von Braun, rocket scientist
  • March 27, 1845 – Wilhelm Roentgen, discovered X-rays
  • March 31, 1596 – René Descartes, mathematician and philosopher
  • March 31, 1811 – Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, invented the Bunsen Burner
  • April 3, 1926 – Virgil “Gus” Grissom, astronaut, died during a simulation aboard Apollo 1
  • April 5, 1949 – Judith Resnick, astronaut, died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion
  • April 6, 1928 – James D. Watson, co-discovered the structure of DNA
  • April 15, 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, inventor and artist
  • April 25, 1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, invented wireless telegraphy
  • April 26, 1785 – John James Audubon, artist and naturalist
  • April 26, 1822 – Frederick Law Olmsted, architect and park designer
  • April 26, 1900 – Charles Francis Richter, developed Richter scale
  • April 27, 1791 – Samuel Morse, invented magnetic telegraph
  • May 14, 1686 – Gabriel D. Fahrenheit, created Fahrenheit scale
  • May 15, 1859 – Pierre Curie, chemist
  • May 17, 1749 – Edward Jenner, pioneered vaccinations
  • May 25, 1889 – Igor Sikorsky, invented helicopters
  • June 8, 1916 – Francis Crick, co-discovered of the structure of DNA
  • June 9, 1781 – George Stephenson, invented the steam locomotive

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STEM Holidays to Celebrate: download a free printable calendar

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