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Create-ure Spring STEM Challenge - PAPERLESS VERSION

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
Formats Included
  • PDF
50 pages
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  3. If you’re looking to apply learning in adaptations, habitats, food chains and food webs, life cycles, genetics & heredity, evolution, and/or human body systems, this STEM / STEAM challenge is a perfectly engaging way to get the job done joyfully!It’s perfect for Halloween or spring, but works an
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If you’re looking to apply learning in adaptations, habitats, food chains and food webs, life cycles, genetics & heredity, evolution, and/or human body systems, this STEM / STEAM challenge is a perfectly engaging way to get the job done joyfully!

It’s perfect for Halloween or spring, but works any time of the year to connect to your life science standards!

The basic premise:

Students work in individually or in partners or groups against a list of criteria and constraints to create a create-ure that has never been seen or imagined before.

Modifications included for grades 2-8.


Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION 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.


Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos

- Materials and timing

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

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

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

Student Slides

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions

Extension slides

- Process flow map

- Create & solve math problems based on designs

- Life Science Presentation Slide templates:

• General Information

• Feature Spotlight

• Life Cycle

• Where in the World? (Habitats)

• Food Chain / Food Web

• Animal Classification

• Geologic Time Scale

• Genetics / Heredity

• Evolution

• Body Systems Compare/Contrast



This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:
Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle - PAPERLESS VERSION
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle PAPERLESS VERSION
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle


Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

• Newspaper or tissue paper

• Construction paper

• Craft sticks

• Pipe cleaners

• Sequins

• Yarn

• Pom poms

• Googly eyes

• Paint

• Feathers

• Toothpicks

• Scissors

• Foil

• Cotton

• Felt

• Sand paper

• Glue

• Masking tape

• Hot glue guns

• Plastic wrap or sandwich baggies

• Uncooked noodles, rice, and/or beans


Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- High levels of student engagement

- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)

- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.


What do teachers have to say about this resource?

Note: Comments taken from the print version.

“This is my absolute favorite of all the STEM challenges that I have done! So much creativity and excellent academic connections. Perfect!”

“This is a create culminating activity for our Ecosystems science unit. My students are going to love this. “

“My students enjoyed this project! They wanted to make more than one.”

“This was great! My kids loved it!”

“This will be just the thing I need instead of a formal test for the end of our 5th Grade ecosystem dynamics unit. Well worth the $$$$$”

“Well thought out resource with ability to integrate many subject areas! Thanks so much!”


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Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!


Total Pages
50 pages
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