Activity Kits

Ohio State students and staff assembling WestFest activity kits

WestFest 2022 provided 500 free take-home activity kits to youth in Central Ohio. These kits are made possible thanks to funding from The Ohio State Energy Partners and the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and countless volunteer hours from Ohio State students and staff.

Each activity kit includes supplies to complete STEM activities featured in five WestFest programs. The featured activities are ideal for students in upper elementary through high school.

Participating Community OrganizationsWestFest kit contents bagged and ready to be packed.

Free activity kits were donated to:

Remaining kits were distributed at:

  • Franklin Park Conservatory’s October Community Day
  • WestFest 2022

Full List of Supplies

Below is the full list of supplies for the activities. You can also download the instruction booklet for all the activities here or for each individual activity by clicking on its title.

Astronomy (Earth-Moon Scale Model and Exploring the Light Around You)

  • String
  • UV Beads
  • 30 bouncy balls
  • Diffraction glasses

Follow Along Pharmacy

  • Citric acid
  • Flour
  • Portion cup
  • Roll of Smarties
  • Fork
  • 2 stirs

Build a Glacier

  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • Ziploc bag
  • Small bowl
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 3/2 tsp Borax
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Tablecloth or newspaper (optional)

Packing Oranges to Fix Errors

  • Nine 1” round chips
  • Thirty 1” balls
  • Eight 1” half balls (poppers)
  • 3”x3” transparent cubic box
  • Ruler

Planting for Pollinators

  • A 1.5” ball of clay
  • 2 tbsp soil
  • Seven 10” squares of fabric
  • Pinch of seeds
  • String or ribbon