Engineering Design Process Worksheets for 10 Simple STEM Challenges

Brenda Kovich
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Use engineering and design to get kids thinking! This set of worksheets offers graphic organizers that guide kids through the steps of the process. Pages support 10 specific activities. A blank template, review material, and a test are also included.

Each challenge uses simple materials and requires minimal set up. Activities are open-ended and student-driven.

Few limits are established on the student sheets. Instead, you may impose limits (amount of time, amount of materials, types of materials, etc.) that work best for your classroom. Each investigation requires two to three class periods.

No time for STEM at school? Wondering what to do during eLearning? No worries! To support classroom, hybrid, and distance learning, student resources are now available as printable PDFs or shareable Easel Activities. Open the preview to learn more.

What’s Included:

  • Table of Contents
  • Teacher Tips
  • Design Process Poster
  • 10 One-Page Teacher Directions
  • 10 One-Page Student Directions for Home Use
  • 10 Two-Page Worksheets
  • 1 Two-Page Template for Your Own Activity
  • Cut-and-Paste Sequence Activity
  • Test + Answer Key


  • Tin Foil Boats
  • Paper Airplanes
  • The Egg Drop
  • Spaghetti Towers
  • Bell Silencer
  • Zipline Challenge
  • Candy Catapult 1
  • Candy Catapult 2
  • Newspaper Table
  • Balloon Rockets


  1. Students use this eight-step process to solve a given problem.
  2. Identify the problem.
  3. Conduct research.
  4. Develop possible solutions.
  5. Choose one solution.
  6. Construct a prototype.
  7. Test the prototype.
  8. Communicate results.
  9. Evaluate and redesign.

I resolved to challenge my students with one STEM task each month. To achieve this, I paired each of my favorite investigations with a simple, straightforward template. Wow! My students’ engagement, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the engineering design process has skyrocketed!

Enjoy Teaching!

Brenda Kovich

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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated and improved on November 23, 2020.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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