Halloween STEM Challenge | October STEM Candy Bucket Activity for Middle School

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STEM in the Middle
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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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Are you looking for the perfect Halloween STEM challenge to celebrate the holiday? Or a fun October STEM activity to keep your students engaged between celebrations? Check out this exciting challenge that is sure to keep your students' interest.

In this Halloween STEM challenge, students will use simple materials and the engineering design process to design and build a candy bucket for trick-or-treating. Then they will test the strength of their buckets using Halloween candy! Grab this resource today, so you can take a break from planning and embrace the holiday spirit while knowing your students will still be learning and having fun! 


This Halloween STEM challenge includes:

  • PDF, Google, and Easel versions of the student project packets
  • Detailed teacher notes that include suggestions for differentiation and virtual learning
  • Flexible building materials, so you can use what you have on hand
  • A slideshow to assist with lesson facilitation
  • A rubric for easy grading
  • End-of-project celebration certificates

Materials needed for the Halloween STEM activity:

  • Printed or digital copies of the student project packet
  • The building materials for this project are flexible! You can use whatever you have available, such as paper, straws, tape, cardboard, paper towel rolls, etc.
  • Candy for testing the buckets
  • Art supplies for decorating the buckets


How can the Halloween STEM challenge be used in your classroom?

  • Keep students learning and engaged throughout the weather changes and excitement that comes with October
  • Embrace the holiday spirit with a Halloween STEM activity
  • Use the challenge to keep students on task when you have unusual schedules or low attendance due to field trips, testing, assemblies, or other interruptions
  • Give your students practice with problem-solving using the engineering design process
  • Introduce real-world STEM disciplines and professions
  • Allow students to develop their 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking
  • Assign the resource for extra credit, a holiday break packet, or an extension activity



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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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