Teaching kids fun STEM facts and interesting science facts is a great way to get children excited about science. This offers them an opportunity to obtain brief and memorable information on how the world works and why things are the way they are – from planets to plants, to animals and the human body!
In our rapidly changing world, STEM holds great potential for the future, and definitely seems like it is here to stay. With the right approach and activities, you can help your kids engage with STEM learning from young ages.
We have prepared a list of fun facts about STEM that you can share with your children to astonish them and spark interest in different fields. We hope you enjoy our selection of random science facts!
Fun Facts About Space
- In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are around 100-400 billion stars. The number of galaxies in the observable universe amounts to more than 170 billion!
- The Sun is so immense that it could fit 1 million Earths inside.
- To travel to the Sun from the Moon with a regular plane, you would have to fly for 20 years.
- The hottest planet in our solar system is Venus. Its surface temperature is more than 450 degrees celcius.
- Most galaxies are thought to have a supermassive black hole at their center.
- One teaspoon of a neutron star weighs 6 billion tons. Neutron stars can spin 600 times per second.
- A day on the planet Neptune is 16 hours long.
Nature & Earth Science Facts
- The earth is made of 70% water, 8% volcanoes, 10% ice, and only 11% land that can be used for agriculture.
- It takes two years for a pineapple to grow and fully mature.
- There are about 630 species of carnivorous plants, that is, plants that feed on living organisms such as bugs. Some of them can survive in the water and feed on small marine organisms.
- The land mammals with the longest pregnancy period are elephants with 22 months of pregnancy! (That’s more than twice the length of the human gestation period.)
- Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world. They can fly sideways, backwards, up and down, and hover in the air, and can beat their wings up to 200 times a second.
- A teaspoon of soil may contain up to hundred million bacteria.
- Climate change science facts suggest that if all the glaciers in the world melt, sea levels could rise by up to 82 feet, and low-lying cities may permanently become submerged in water.
Amazing Facts About the Human Body
- About 50-65% of the human body is made up of water.
- All humans share about 99% of the same DNA. More interestingly, we have 96% genetic similarity to chimpanzees, our closest living relatives in terms of evolution.
- The average weight of a human’s heart varies between 250-300 grams for adults, whereas it’s only about 100 grams for a baby.
- The human eye can see over 10 million colours and differentiate between them.
- Around 25% of the oxygen in the body goes to the brain. (Hence, opening a window or going on a walk in nature can help when you feel stuck!)
Interesting Facts About Computer Science & Technology
- The first electronic computers were made in the 1940s, and they occupied a whole room. ENIAC, the first computer developed in 1945, weighed around 27 tons.
- One of the first designs for a human-like robot was sketched by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495.
- The first idea of the modern computer was developed by Alan Turing in 1936, in a paper titled “On Computable Numbers”.
- Playing video games in moderation can improve analytical thinking, exercise the regions of the brain responsible for memory, spatial orientation, and information processing. Talk about the surprising benefits of technology!
- The internet is a “network of networks” that uses both physical wires and wireless technologies to connect computers around the world.
Facts About Women in STEM
- The first American woman to go to space was Sally Ride, on June 18, 1983.
- The code of Apollo 11, the spacecraft used in the first Moon landing, was written by computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and her team.
- Amelia Earhart was the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland in 1935, and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo above 14,000 feet.
- One of the great minds behind the GPS technology we use today is Gladys West, who worked on the groundwork of GPS technology by working on an advanced algorithm to make an accurate model of the Earth.
- The first programming language using English words, COBOL, was invented by mathematician and physician Grace Hopper.
- Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, reduced the death rate in the Crimean War from 42% to 2%.
Importance of STEM Education in Early Ages
At early ages, children are naturally inclined to think and act like scientists. It’s important to nurture that organic interest to help kids develop must-have skills for their future and prepare them for later stages of life.
Twin’s mobile app, science kits, and curriculum provide the perfect comprehensive solution to teach STEM skills to children in a fun and wholesome way!
Twin Science kits guide kids’ journey to learning coding and robotics while encouraging them to explore and be creative with endless possibilities of science experiments, STEM projects and activities. Children can start as early as the age of 5, and enjoy the STEM kits up to the age of 14.
Your child can explore STEM adventures or try hundreds of activity ideas which they can later share with their peers on the Twin app. The specially curated STEM trivia keeps their knowledge fresh, and complements the STEM learning journey.
With the hybrid subscription model you get the best of all worlds – all 6 STEM kits delivered to your door and full access to the exclusive content on the Twin app. Start your child’s STEM journey today, invest in their future!