Paper Airplane STEM Activity - Quick STEM Challenge

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2nd - 8th, Homeschool
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Are you looking for an easy to implement STEM challenge that only uses paper? This is the challenge for you!

If you have thought about trying a STEM challenge but weren't sure where to start, this is a great way to dive in! If you already love doing STEM challenges with your students, this is one you will want to do every year! This resource has one Quick STEM challenge you can do with readily available materials. STEM challenges are wonderful for team-building and can be used with a wide grade range.


  • Challenge Poster
  • Description and teacher notes
  • Photo example
  • 5 "Talk Like an Engineer" word cards with relevant vocabulary **includes link to Quizlet
  • Talk Like an Engineer Poster
  • Data recording sheets
  • Graphic organizers (includes digital Google Slides options)
  • Engineering Report (includes digital Google Slides and Google Docs option)
  • Rubric
  • Extension Research Project


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Total Pages
31 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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