These challenge task cards are meant to be quicker activities that can be done over the course of a few weeks to a month using some type of STEM kit/toy through a Maker Space. My students keep a Maker Space Journal to keep their STEM kit challenge cards. These STEM toys are very engaging and fun for kids to use and they can be reused over and over again!
In my Maker Space, these cards go into the “STEM Kit Challenges” section. Kids can build a lot of different things with these kits. I also include some blank cards so kids can write their own challenge questions for their classmates!
Task Card set
Magnetic Building Blocks (can buy for $39.99 for 115 piece pack, link included)
There are 20 individual or pair challenges. I copy the STEM kit challenge cards onto colored cardstock and laminate them. I included a 2 sided card with the type of toy for the backside, but you don’t have to make them two sided (it helps me keep them organized). You can also just color code all of the cards, one color per kit/toy! I punch holes in the corners and book ring them together.
You may also want to include a timer at the Maker Space area for kids to use to monitor their time. I have my students work towards a certain number of points (usually 25-30) for the month. There is a point chart kids can keep in their Maker Space journals.
Time to get your Maker Space designed and ready!