Back to School STEM Activities and Challenges

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Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars
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3rd - 5th
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Engaging way to get students back into problem solving and collaborating with one another after summer vacation.
This was a fun set of activities to do with students. While it is sold as a back-to-school product, you could do these activities any time during the school year.
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Back to School STEM Challenges Bundle is a packet of activities your students will love as they problem solve and think critically! These activities will engage your students as they unleash their imagination. Connecting important skills such as collecting data, making observations, and measurement skills will help you seamlessly add STEM to your current curriculum.

These activities can also be used for STEM Fridays, STEAM Activities, Maker Spaces, Tinkering Labs, or After School Clubs.

These STEM Challenges are included in my Entire Year of STEM Bundle! You can save lot of money purchasing the entire bundle!! STEM Yearlong Bundle.

Activities Included:

  • Ballon Powered Bus
  • Pencil Towers
  • Paper Clip Pulley
  • Crayon Box Volume

Materials (suggestions)

  • Balloons
  • Straws
  • Shoebox lid or Styrofoam food tray
  • Wheels
  • Masking Tape
  • 2 Coffee Stirrers
  • Pencils
  • rulers
  • Rubber bands (optional)
  • Erasers
  • Small cup
  • String
  • Paper clips
  • tape
  • Spring Scale (optional)
  • Crayon Box
  • Rulers
  • Card stock

Check out what some happy teachers had to say!!

"I used this resource this past week with my 4th graders and they LOVED the pencil tower activity. They have asked if we can do another one every day since."

"Loved these! My students favorite was the pencil tower. They were coming up with some amazing structures :)"

"Great resource to help students develop higher order thinking skills and to learn to work as cooperative groups."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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