Paper Plate Marble Run STEM Activity + TpT Digital Distance Learning

Grade Levels
1st - 5th
Formats Included
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12 pages
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Includes Easel Activity Version for Google Classroom Distance Learning!


Make learning fun with a STEM Challenge! For the Marble Run STEM challenge, students are asked by a toy company to design and create a marble run.

The STEM Process:

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.

Students would enjoy completing this as a MakerSpace activity or as a STEM center. Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM Teachers, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

Aligns with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

What Teachers are saying about Marble Run STEM Project:

"Thank you for all of your hard work putting these STEM projects together! My students' favorite school activity/project is STEM Fridays!" - Michelle M.

"My students are currently loving this activity, as they are really loving mazes at the moment! This is my second time using a STEM resource of Carly and Adam's. I love the planning pages, it really gets the kiddos thinking about their design beforehand and working together to combine their individual ideas with their group members! "

"Great activity for the last week of school! My students really liked making up their own marble run!" - Lauren P.

"This was one of our all time favorites for STEM activities at the end of the school year. The students worked hard and loved the process of figuring out what would work best. Your students will love this STEM activity!" - Christie M.


  • Teacher Instructions with Photo
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Prediction and Testing Pages
  • Student Reflection Pages
  • NGSS Standards
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

Digital Activity:

To use Easel for Distance Learning, select "Open in Easel" on this listing.

Material List:

  • Paper Plate
  • Marbles
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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Aligns to NGSS:

K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

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 


K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on

how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the


3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

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.

Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
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.


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