End of Year STEM Activities for Summer

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Meredith Anderson - Momgineer
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Looking for the perfect STEM challenges to keep your students engaged during end-of-year festivities, summer camp, or field day activities? This resource includes everything you need to help your students design, create, and innovate their way to success with three hands-on challenge.

From crafting a submersible water craft or SCUBA diver to constructing a strong sand castle and creating a squirrel-proof bird feeder, your students will love putting their creativity and critical thinking skills to the test.

Want just one? Find the individual challenges at these links:

What You'll Get

For the Teacher: Suggested Material List for each challenge: for these challenges you will need recyclables, tape, bird seed, sand, a tub/bin, and water. Other items are optional.

STEM Challenge Tips

General tips for any STEM challenge.

Each Challenge Includes

  • Teacher Notes
  • Sample Pictures
  • Printable Challenge Poster: Hang at your STEM center or near where the STEM creations are, especially if they will be on display for the class or a STEM fair, parent night, etc.
  • Printable pages to use with the challenge and guide the students through the engineering design process.

STEM Challenge Cards These cards include the 3 main STEM challenges in this resource (with variations), as well as bonus, open-ended challenges. You can use these if you would rather set this up at a STEM station as a self-guided STEM activity. Choose from cards with images or without.

STEM Graphic Organizers Summer themed – use with the three challenges or the challenge cards, provided to allow the students to work through the engineering design process. You may also use this sheet for any of the other challenges if you prefer a more generic one.

This is part of the STEM Challenges for All

Seasons BUNDLE, so please do not purchase both.


FAQs about STEM

Why use STEM activities in your classroom or homeschool?

These STEM activities are project-based and cross-curricular. Your students will gain experience in soft skill areas and foster a growth mindset while:

✓ Learning to work as part of a team.

✓ Communicating effectively and clearly to persuade others.

✓ Gaining confidence in presenting and speaking to groups.

✓ Persevering through a challenge when the initial design fails.

✓ Accepting constructive criticism from peers.


Will I need to spend a lot of money on supplies?

You don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started! You probably have most of the supplies in your classroom already, or in your recycle bin. I have developed most of my STEM challenges to be easily modified based on the materials you have on hand. For most of the challenges, you will need basic office or craft supplies and household recyclables such as:


paper, index cards, or card stock

recyclables like plastic cups, paper towel rolls, and cereal boxes

craft sticks or straws

I've never done STEM challenges before. What can I expect?

I've got you covered! There are notes and photos in the pack, and I have written several blog posts to get you started, two of which you can find here and here. All of my STEM challenge resources guide you through the engineering design process step by step.

I don't have time to do this as a group activity in my classroom. Can I still use this resource?

Yes! With STEM task cards, you can set up an independent learning center for your early finishers or when you do stations. Provide the materials, STEM task cards, and the included recording sheets or graphic organizers, and the students can work on these challenges independently, either alone or in small teams. Keep your materials in STEM bins so that you can easily rotate through them!

*************************** Related Resources *************************

Engineering Posters BUNDLE

STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges

STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges (Set 2)

STEM Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

STEM for all Seasons

Winter STEM

Spring STEM

Summer STEM


Engineering Design Challenges (initial purchase)

STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device

STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Power Transmission Tower

STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope

STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship


Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.

Find more STEM at my blog momgineer


or at STEM Activities for Kids

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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