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10 STEM Challenge Activities for the Year with Back to School STEM

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Finding STEM Challenge activities that are original, content-rich, and rigorous can be tough! This bundle provides great variety with the 10 high-quality, NGSS-aligned STEM Challenges included.

While this is a brand-new bundle, the challenges inside are kid-tested and teacher-approved (scroll down for reviews).

Each challenge includes suggestions, templates, and modifications to help you adjust for difficulty and tie in content standards within and beyond STEM. Get all the fun, with none of the fluff!

Each resource is available individually for between $4 - $5 each. This bundle makes it easy to stock up for the entire year at a steep discount!

This is the print version. Click here for the paperless on Google Slides(TM) version.

Resources include:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my several STEM Challenge PD and Teaching Tips Videos

- Links to video walk-throughs of every challenge

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list

Student Handouts

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable; in color and black & white)

- Record & Reflect Handouts (editable; 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included) (color and black & white)

- Discussion Questions (editable; in color and B&W)

Extension templates

- Process Flow Map

- Create Math Problems Based on Designs

- Additional extension templates are vary by challenge.

For more details, click through on each challenge link below or view the preview provided.

August / September - Apple Annihilator

October - Treat Toss

November - Pumpkin Picker

December - Sled & Slope

January - Frosted Forest

February - Candy Container

March - Limitless Luck

April - Egg-hanced

May - Planetopia Plants

June / July - Keep it Cool / Make it Melt

So, what teachers think about the challenges in this bundle?

"I love how this can be used for a variety of grade levels. All the videos linked were very helpful in administering this awesome project." (Apple Annihilator)

“This was an amazing activity, perfect for the last day of school before Halloween. It kept my 5th graders engaged and thinking the entire time. I loved the reactions I got from them when something worked or didn't work. I will be purchasing your activities in the future!” (Treat Toss)

 “This is a fun STEM challenge that is very thought provoking. Excellent tie in to writing and math, and very detailed teacher notes and steps. That makes it so much easier to get everything set up so the students can start learning. Great product! Thank you!” (Pumpkin Picker)

"My classes loved these activities. They were discussing and figuring out ways to improve their projects too. They learned a lot from these." (Sled & Slope)

“What a great STEAM and math unit! There were SO many places to go with this activity that I was able to use it for more than one grade level. There were wonderful extension ideas as well. This one will be added to my regular rotation with my students!” (Frosted Forest)

“Extremely thorough, well written resource. Fun and engaging! (Candy Container)

“Once again, this author delivers! I own many of your stem challenges and have use them throughout the school year. I have never been disappointed! The frisbee game was a huge hit with my 5th grade resource students. The video was extremely helpful. Keep them coming.” (Limitless Luck)

"Great packet for a STEAM activity. Can't wait to try it out it my students. I really like how there are two levels of challenges. I'm using this for students in grades 3 to 6, so it will be a great way to challenge the older students without frustrating my younger students." (Egg-hanced)

"I can't say enough about this purchase. We loved it! The videos for teacher set up and your thoughts on the engineering and design process are awesome! Engagement was at an all time high!" (Planetopia Plants)

“Great resource. Easy to follow detailed instructions with photos. The link to an instructional video was really helpful. Different activities for different grade levels. I highly recommend this.” (Keep it Cool / Make it Melt)

For more reviews, click through on the challenge links in green.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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