Integrate STEM in your classroom at the beginning of the year!
STEM Challenges are perfect to use at the beginning of the school year as students are learning how to work in groups. Students learn teamwork and problem solving skills as they work together to design, build, and test a tower that can support a stack of books.
The STEM Process:
Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't. This STEM Project aligns with the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
What teachers are saying about this STEM resource:
"I'm excited to use this when we go back to school. This is our first year as a STEAM magnet and I think this is the perfect activity to introduce the students to the engineering standards in fourth grade."
"Can't wait to use this with my kiddos! A great STEM activity to get them working together in the first week!"
"Great activity for my after school program!!!"
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
K-2-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a
situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can
be solved through the development of a new or improved object or
K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how
the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on
how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the
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