FREE STEM Activity: Paper Chain STEM Challenge

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Carly and Adam STEM
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K - 5th, Homeschool
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Integrate STEM in your classroom with this FREE STEM Challenge!

Begin building community in your classroom while introducing STEM.

This activity helps students develop critical thinking and engineering skills. 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.

Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


  • Instructions for The Paper Chain Challenge
  • Planning and Reflection Pages
  • STEM Journal
  • NGSS Standards
  • A Guide to Carly and Adam's STEM Resources
  • Easel Activity Version that can be assigned in Google Classroom

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Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
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 tool.
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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