Middle School Holiday and Season STEM and Engineering Challenges

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    It is a challenge to keep students engaged when the weather is changing and holidays are around the corner. If you are struggling to keep your students’ attention and get to the end of the period, you are not alone! Now imagine having exciting, middle school STEM challenges on hand to keep your students learning and having fun through every holiday season. This bundle of middle school engineering design challenges is sure to keep your students' interest even in the midst of holiday excitement!

    In each engineering challenge, students are tasked with using the design process and household materials to solve holiday and season-themed problems. Grab this resource today so you can take a break from planning and know your students will still be learning and having fun as you enjoy the holidays!

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    What’s included in the seasonal middle school STEM bundle?

    • Winter STEM Challenges
      • Cookie Delivery Challenge: In this activity, students are tasked with creating a package that can protect a cookie as it is shipped through the mail.
      • Snowflake Design Challenge: In this activity, students are tasked with designing a snowflake with six sides and rotational symmetry.
      • Hot Cocoa Cup Challenge: In this activity, students are tasked with creating an insulated cup for hot chocolate.
      • Circuit-Powered Valentine: In this activity, students learn about paper circuits and create a battery-powered light-up Valentine's Day card.

    • Spring STEM Challenges
      • Bee House Challenge: In this activity, students are tasked with creating a nesting site for mason bees.
      • Plant Maze - In this activity, students learn about phototropism and create a maze for growing plants to demonstrate their tendency to turn toward the light.
      • Easter Egg Drop Challenge: In this activity, students assist the Easter Bunny with a new egg delivery technology by building packaging that will keep eggs safe as they are dropped from the sky.
      • Wind-Powered Car Challenge: In this activity, students learn about climate change and renewable energy. Then they design and build a wind-powered car.

    • Summer STEM Challenges
      • DIY Fidget Spinner Challenge: In this activity, students will design, build, and test their own fidget spinner using a skate bearing and other household materials.
      • Animal Prosthesis Challenge: In this activity, students design a prosthetic device to improve an animal client's quality of life.
      • Bottle Rocket Challenge: In this activity, students are tasked with designing and testing a bottle rocket launched using baking soda and vinegar.
      • Water Balloon Catapult - In this activity, students design and build a catapult to launch water balloons as far as possible.

    • Bonus Material
      • An engineering design process rubric that can be used with any middle school STEM challenge
      • Supply lists for stocking your STEM lab with materials that work for a wide range of STEM challenges
      • Donation letters to help get supplies donated by your students' families and community members
      • Suggestions for where to find free or low-cost materials for STEM challenges

    Each middle school STEM challenge described above also has:

    ✔ Printable, Google, and Easel versions of the student activities and worksheets

    ✔ Detailed lesson plans and slideshows for easy lesson facilitation

    ✔ Flexible building materials, so you can use what you have on hand

    ✔ Easy-to-use grading rubrics

    ✔ Certificates to celebrate your students’ successes

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    How can the seasonal middle school STEM challenges be used in your classroom?

    • Keep students learning and engaged before holiday breaks
    • Practice problem-solving with the engineering design process
    • Use a challenge to keep students on task when you have unusual schedules or low attendance due to field trips, testing, or other interruptions
    • Give students opportunities to practice 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking
    • Leave the middle school STEM challenges for engaging sub-lesson plans
    • Assign the activities to be completed on virtual or asynchronous learning days
    • Use the resources for extra credit, holiday break packets, home learning, or extension activities

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