Hands-on, Flexible Science Based STEAM Curriculum

Ready-to-teach lessons and activities that don't require hours of work or a science degree.

Teach Brain Skills

Yeah our ready-to-teach lessons check off all the little boxes for school curriculum.  But they also teach your kids something better: REAL LIFE PROBLEM SOLVING.

So if you want a  program that goes beyond the books to focus on creative thinking, critical thinking, and working well with other humans... well you've come to the right place!

Grow Confident + Problem-solving + Curious Kids

Built for You

  • Skills for Real Life

    We don’t want our kids to be little fact regurgitation machines.  We’re preparing them for life!  Our STEAM activities and focus on problem solving shape kids for the future.

  • No Degree Required

    We explain the science behind each lesson in plain English, no degree required.  Science doesn’t have to be intimidating anymore.

  • Multi-age Lessons

    Designed for elementary age (K-5) but flexible as possible for teaching multiple grade levels and multiple years.

  • Lessons Ready to Go

    Units ready with science lesson, activities, fun facts, cooks, and resources.  Minimal prep, minimal supplies (because we’re busy right?).

Built for Kids

  • More Time Outside

    Activities specifically designed to get kids out of the house.  Because learning is better outside.

  • Feed the Curiosity

    You can’t just get science out of a book.  You have to see it, feel it, DO IT!  Hands-on lessons get kids brains moving.

  • Integrated Learning

    Applied activities and challenges encourage kids to connect what they have learned with other STEAM subjects and with everyday life.

  • They're Just Fun!

    Boring lessons = Bored kids.  Our engaging lessons mean the kids will be talking about it for days!

A Sad Tale of STEAM Without the "Why?"

There are plenty of STEAM lessons and activities on the interwebs (I'm looking at you Pinterest!).  Add liquid A to thingamajig B, put it in doohickey C and VIOLA!  It's amazing!

But what just happened?  What is liquid A?  And why did you even need thingamajig B?  And why do we even care about this stuff for real life?  Too often, the "why" is tossed out in favor of a fun (but shallow) experiment.

That's Not Us!

STEAM Outside is not a glorified craft project!  We dive deep into all the why's and how's of  thingamajig B AND doohickey C.  Maybe even some whatchamacallits Z.

Plus, we talk about all those other real life skills the kids are learning at the same time.  Now we understand thingamajig B but we also learned comparative analysis.  WIN!

Here's a few other reasons that we are not like the rest:

Get out of the house

Getting up and active outside is not just an afterthought.  It is THE plan!  Online learning is Ah-Mazing (I mean we're here, right?) but lets not sit at the computer all day.

You Point the Way

We have a swarm of great ideas for this program.  But we are still just starting out!  That means as a founding member you get a say in where we are headed and what resources you would like to see in the program.

But Don't Take Our Word for It

Take a peek at our content library and see what others are saying about the program.

What You'll Find Inside

So what can we find in the STEAM Outside program?  We are adding 1 (or more) full units each month + other teaching and education resources.

Check out what's in store!

Complete Units

  • Hard Life of a Rock [rock cycle]
  • Who Stole the Cake? [forensics]
  • Bubble Bubble [surface tension]
  • Super Fly [flight]
  • + more on space, atoms, weather...

Extra Stuff

  • Using the Scientific Method
  • Citizen Science
  • Apps for Outdoor Learning
  • Problem Solving Skills Training

Robust Forum

  • Community forum to chat with like-minded parents, ask questions, share photos and videos of your projects.

Interactive Digital

  • Fit to Survive (adaptations) – Jul 2018
  • H2O superhero (water cycle) – Aug 2018
  • Hand Me Down Genes (genetics) – Sep 2018
  • Pulled Together (magnets) – Oct 2018

See all the scheduled units and descriptions (PDF)

Interactive Digital

  • Just pull them up on your phone and go!
  • Rock ID key
  • Insect action spinner
  • + more!

We Know You Have Some Questions...

  • Q.I don't like/know science and I don't feel confident teaching it! How can STEAM Outside help me?

    A.Science can be tough!  Especially when it is unfamiliar.  We know that and we want it to be as easy as possible for you to teach so for each science lesson we explain the science for you.  Still don’t quite understand what is going on?  Well, we are just a message away!

  • Q.Does STEAM Outside cover everything for science, tech, engineering, art and math?

    A.This is not a full curriculum for all the STEAM subjects.  It should cover all the science you need for elementary ages.  We will also do plenty of everything else with integrated, hands-on activities.  But we will not be everything you need for math and art especially.

  • Q.I'm extra busy! How much time will I need to put into the curriculum?

    A.We’ve got 5 kids and a business so we completely understand busy!  The lessons and activities are all ready to go in one place AND we have already researched all the science for you.  Plus, if you have more “how does it work” questions, you can just drop them in the forum.

    Since this is a hands-on, active curriculum with many outdoor lessons, it will take more of your time than if you just sit your kids down at the computer for lessons.  But we think you will see that it is time well spent!

  • Q.Is STEAM Outside a religious or secular curriculum?

    A.This is an interesting question.  We think science and religion exist just fine together.  Our recommendation is always to teach the scientific principles that are generally accepted and weave that into a discussion about your own opinions and beliefs.  Homeschool has that benefit right?

    Whether you agree with them or not, controversial science topics like evolution and global warming aren’t going anywhere and we believe all kids should have a working knowledge of these science topics.  Therefore, you will find such topics here in our program.  How you teach them is your own choice.

  • Q.I have a houseful over here! Does STEAM Outside work for mixed age groups?

    A.They sure do!  We’ve tried them with our own elementary aged kiddos and local homeschool groups.  We also have some separate worksheets or highlight alternatives for K-2 or 3-5 depending on the activity.

  • Q.Why would I choose a membership over books I could just purchase once?

    A.The main benefits here are access and extras.  You have access to us any time for questions or requests for lessons on a specific subject.  Can’t usually get that from a printed book!  Plus, we add new content regularly and have some really amazing trainings and extras.

     

Join Us Today!

$9/month

Access to all the resource with low-risk monthly payment.

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$99/year

Discounted price for access to the program all year!

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