By Admin / April 05, 2018

Top 10 spring and summer activities

Updated 6/14/24

The warmer months can mean many things, both good and, well, not as good. Better weather usually means more outdoor activities such as summer camps, but the extended time out of school can mean bored kids and a learning slide teachers fight against the rest of the year.

But spring fever doesn’t have to equal a lack of learning, and summertime doesn’t have to mean boredom. If you want to keep the learning going and keep students engaged, there are several things you can do.

STEM, STEAM, Rockets, and More

Many of today’s warm-weather camps and activities look much different from the summertime days of old. There are, of course, the traditional adventure-type camps where kids sleep in cabins or tents, go canoeing and on nature hikes, make s’mores around a campfire, and so forth. But there are also activities and camps that nurture the whole child. STEM or STEAM camps, robotics workshops, and rocketry camps are just a few ways to engage students’ minds as well as their creative sides.

Pitsco’s Got You Covered

Whatever type of activity you choose to keep those young minds from melting like popsicles in the summer sun, Pitsco has what you need.

We asked Product Development Specialist Bill Holden and some of our education advisors for their top 10 Pitsco picks based on their interactions with teachers. Stick with these picks and you’ll cruise through these spring and summer months like Mark Twain on the Mississippi.

Top 10 Picks

  1. Water Rockets Some empty plastic bottles, art supplies, a launcher, water, and a tire pump, and you’re set for a high-flying STEM adventure perfect for those hot summer days. That’s probably why our water rockets got top billing!
  2. Straw Rockets Straw rockets are great for multiple age groups, and they’re perfect for either outdoors or indoors, which makes them an awesome camp activity. Students learn a variety of physics principles without even realizing it because they’re focused on the fun and making sure they get their rockets to fly as high as possible.
  3. Solar Vehicles – The SunEzoon Solar Car was mentioned the most in this category, but the Ray Catcher Sprint Deluxe Solar Vehicle is also a popular item. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to keeps kids learning – and loving it – with these sun-soaking cars. Both can be found alongside our other solar products and activities.
  4. AP Bottle Racers – For a fun indoor activity that incorporates the concepts of force and motion as well as creative design, try our AP Bottle Racers. They’re fun to build, and students will enjoy personalizing their own racers before they send them speeding down the track.
  5. Solid-Fuel Rockets – For high-flying fun in a single hands-on project, you can’t beat solid-fuel rockets. When students watch something they’ve created take flight, the excitement is palpable. This is one activity sure to chase the summer blues away.
  6. TETRIX® PRIME Robotics – With TETRIX PRIME robotics, kids will wish for rainy days! Whether they’re using the TETRIX PRIME Programmable Robotics Set with the PULSE™ Robotics Controller, the TETRIX PRIME STEM Units, or anything in between, the only thing they’ll be focusing on is making sure they code their robot correctly.
  7. TETRIX MAX Competition in a Box – Use the summer to gear up for those upcoming competitions. The Competition in a Box comes with an introductory guide, numerous competition components, and a highly customizable competition arena system.
  8. T-Bot® II – The T-Bot II Hydraulic Arm has helped students grasp the concepts of hydraulic power and mechanics for years. If you’re looking for an easy indoor activity, look no further than the T-Bot II project.
  9. Hot-Air Balloons – Zoon Hot-Air Balloons are a great way to get kids outside while also introducing them to the principles of lighter-than-air flight and the concepts of temperature, density, and buoyancy. Plus, hot-air balloons are just plain fun to watch!
  10. Inventions Pack – Kids love exploring. Give them a giant box, and they’ll spend all day creating something magical out of it. That’s the concept behind the Inventions Pack using the variety of included materials, such as rubber bands, straws, basswood, dowel rods, and balloons – if your students can dream it up, they can invent it.

Need some more inspiration and planning tips? Check out Top tips for planning a STEM summer camp that shares insights from three seasoned summer camp educators. Or, check out our Summer Camps Solution Guide.

And, there’s still more where all this came from. We originally published this list in 2018, but our Top 10 list still stands. These products are time-tested, teacher-approved, and student-used, but since then we've expanded with additional solutions. Choose the catalog that fits your grade level needs to browse more options.




Written by Admin

A few of Pitsco’s cool staffers contributed their knowledge and time to this post. We’re proud to have a great group of developers, writers, managers, builders, and creatives who can help bring the Pitsco Blog to life.