Back to School STEM Activity - Chip Ring Challenge - Engineering Process

Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool
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Students will enjoy practicing the engineering design process with this tasty team-building back to school STEM Challenge. They'll brainstorm, design, test, and redesign as they problem solve with their team mates. If you're looking for engaging and entertaining first week activity, this is certainly it!


Build a standing ring you can fit your hand through using one can of chips. No other materials or adhesives may be used. Begin by building a base/foundation, then gradually work your way up and around. Teamwork is key to prevent the chips from breaking if they fall. Good Luck.

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- Teacher Instructions & Helpful Tips

- Engineering Design Process Chip Challenge Sheet (two pages)

- Short Version Chip Challenge Sheet (one page)

- Printable Rewards for Completing the Challenge

Both versions include analysis and writing components. This is a great way to get an informative writing sample from your students. Pay attention to how much detail they provide as well as their modeling style.









Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs):

Cause & Effect


Science and Engineering Practice (SEPs):

Developing & Using Models

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

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Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!


Erin Hansen

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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