20 STEM-inspired boredom busters for the school holidays

STEM boredom busters

No school? No worries. We’ve got you covered with awesome activities that are super fun AND will keep your STEM skills sharp.

Here you’ll find 20 STEM boredom busters – there’s baking, movie marathons, room makeovers, LEGO building, website designing and more!

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STEM boredom busters

1. Get your code on and learn computer science in 1000 YouTube videos, thanks to clever peeps at Laconic Machine Learning

2. Add some sunshine to your STEM and go geocaching – think of it like a treasure hunt using a GPS enabled device to find a geocache near your home, local beach, city and beyond

3. Put on your chef hat and try out some cooking experiments like liquid nitrogen balls and colour changing tea

4. Find out if you could be an environmental engineer, or take one of our 100+ quizzes at the Careers with STEM quiz hub

5. Watch David Attenborough: A Life on Life on Our Planet on Netflix, then read up on climate careers

RELATED: 16 quick career challenges to tick off these school holidays

6. Give your room a STEM makeover with our free downloadable posters

7. Get across all things artificial intelligence with this YouTube video

8. Wrap Christmas or birthday presents perfectly using maths – instructions here

9. Laugh at these maths memes, then create your own and send them to your friends

10. Be inspired by these epic women in STEM, working in everything from space to blockchain

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11. Have a scroll through all the back issues of Careers with STEM. We’ve saved them in one convenient place for you

12. Sharpen your logic skills by teaching yourself how to play chess – or challenge a family member to a game or two if you’re already a pro

13. Dust off your old LEGO bricks and build a robot, skyscraper or passenger train with excellent your engineering skills

14. Subscribe to the Careers with STEM YouTube channel and binge watch our webinars

15. Host a STEM movie marathon with your friends or family. You could watch STEM flicks like Hidden FiguresThe Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game

RELATED: 5 cool maths games that you’ll actually want to play in your spare time

16. Make a website using HTML, thinking about things like accessibility and the overall user experience while you design

17. Explore the Great Barrier Reef via this virtual tour. As you’re watching, think about the cool tech that went into making this interactive journey, as well as conservation careers

18. Check out five STEM-themed TikTok accounts, then make your own STEM video. Don’t forget to tag us: @CareerswithSTEM

19. Sit in on one of Eddie Woo’s famous maths lessons

20. If you have the space, start a compost in your backyard. Read up on the science of compost here

Ticked off everything on this list? Looking for more STEM boredom busters? Here are five trivia quizzes to keep your mind on all things science, tech, engineering and maths these holidays.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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