November Remember: STEM Memory Games

By Amanda Boyarshinov


With your little ones spending more time at home for the holidays, November is a perfect time to strengthen their memory skills. Daily brain challenges can enhance their ability to remember facts and details. Being able to remember facts and details is an important part of studying academics in school. As your child progresses through school, the homework and tasks become increasingly difficult. Good study skills – such as the ability to remember – can help children find academic success. Sylvan offers a variety of programs including one designed to help students with Study Skills.

Here are 3 STEM memory games for you to try at home today.



2 players This game is great for the ride to or from school. No supplies are needed – just your memory. The game is about memorizing and repeating a set of numbers orally. Try your memory recall out at different times of the day. Are you able to remember a larger set of numbers in the morning or evening? How to play:

  1. Begin with a set of 3 numbers. Start small such as: 5,11, 3
  2. Call out the numbers, and then have your teammate repeat them.
  3. If they can accurately say the numbers, repeat the game using a set of 4 numbers.

Challenge your brain

  • Wait 1 minute before recalling the set of numbers.
  • Recall the set of numbers in reverse order.
  • Use numbers with 3 digits or more.
  • Call out numbers in the set that connect to important dates 1987, 1994, 2015.


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1 or more players Can you remember these famous quotes by top STEMists? Challenge yourself to memorize them and then play this game. Search the internet or in your favorite science book for more quotes and add them to your quote list. How to play:

  1. Write the first section of each quote on a notecard, all the words in the STEM quote until the | (examples below).
  2. Place the note cards face down in a pile.
  3. Select the top card. Read the written part out loud and finish the quote from memory.
  4. Players can keep score if desired. 1 point for every correct quote, minus 2 for incorrect quotes.

Some of my favorite STEM quotes:

  • “To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than | that connected with advances in science.” ~ Isaac Newton
  • “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to | understand more, so that we may fear less.” ~ Marie Curie
  • ‘Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes; yet | they are usually left unchronicled.” ~William Ramsay
  • “Imagination is more important | than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can | still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.” ~ Galileo
  • “Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let | others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it.” ~ Gertrude B. Elion
  • “An investment in knowledge pays | the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • “The real wealth of the Nation lies in the | resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife.” ~ Rachel Carson

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2 or more players Print 10 small pictures of different technology or parts of technology. You could take these photos of technology you have in your home. Some ideas: computer, keyboard, circuit, telephone, television, and video game. Print the matching words out on another piece of paper. Cut the paper into equal squares. Glue onto cute scrapbooking paper if desired. How to play:

  1. Mix the cards and set them face down in a grid.
  2. Select two cards to turn over. If both cards are the same, you may keep them. If they are different, remember what is on the card so you can try again on the next turn.
  3. Play continues clockwise. The game is over when you have matched all the picture-word pairs and the cards are gone.

Game Adaptations:

  • Make and play this memory game with different math rules. Use the symbols on one square and the words on the other.
  • Try putting your science vocabulary on one set of paper squares and sketch a picture of what they visually represent on the other.

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