Easter STEM Challenge: Carrot Carriage

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Looking for an Easter or Spring STEM / STEAM challenge activity to keep your kids engaged in collaborative, fun problem-solving?

The basic premise:

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a carriage to hold cargo and roll downhill, made primarily of carrots.


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 ™ 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" videos

- Materials and timing

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

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Link to video walk through of the challenge

Student Handouts

- Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W; editable)

- Design Analysis Handouts (editable; 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)

- Discussion Questions (editable; color and B&W)

Extension templates

- Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Carrots Template (editable)

- Top 10 Reasons the Easter Bunny needs a Carrot Carriage (editable)

- Estimate & Measure 1 (inches & centimeters; editable)

- Estimate & Measure 2 (standard & non-standard with conversion table; editable)

- Measure & Convert (customary to metric & within metric; editable)

- Process Flow Map

- Create Word Problems


This is one of five challenges available for a 40% discount in the Easter STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 bundle.

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– Large carrots (4 – 6)

– Small carrots (4 – 8)

– Peeps bunnies (1)

– Plastic eggs (1)

– Plastic or butter knife (1)

– Straws (1-2)

– Toothpicks (10 – 20)

– Brass fasteners (4 – 8)

– Scissors

– Ramp (1)

– Simple ramp will be used to test designs (e.g. textbook propped at an angle)

– Ruler (1)

– Used to measure travel distance of carriages

– Design analysis handouts (included)


– Cutting boards

– Rubber bands

– Balloons

– String/yarn

– Foil


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


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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
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.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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