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This back-to-school STEM / STEAM Challenge brings the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as fun)!
Of course, this challenge is also great for any time of year, but especially in the fall when learning about apples, Johnny Appleseed, or Sir Isaac Newton!
The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the tallest tower possible using symbols of the back-to-school season: apples and school supplies!
Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) instead.
If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.
NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
This is one of five challenges available at a discount in theBack-to-School STEM Challenge Bundle
This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.
What do teachers have to say about this resource?
“My students were very engaged in this project. It provided a great team-building activity for the first days of school. Thanks!”
“What a great way to see your students' personalities! This was way too much fun for all!”
“This was a great product to introduce my class to STEM activities at the beginning of the year. It was simple, fun, and challenging.”
"This was SO MUCH FUN!!! I teach 4-8 special education and one of my students said, "This is the best school day ever!" when we finished the activity. Thank you!"
"So much fun! Again, I used it in our after school CLC program with 5-11 year old. All had fun!"
"This was great! I have students from 5th grade to 8th grade and all just loved it."
"Awesome STEM challenge! Perfect for the first week of school or back to school from a break. Thank you!"
"Did this today! The kids ABSOLUTELY loved it and I loved that I was able to pick and choose what I needed to include!"
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Please check out the video preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
Video preview music credit:
"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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