Plant Science STEM Activity - Plant Maze Spring STEM Challenge

STEM in the Middle
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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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Are you looking for the perfect plant science project? Or maybe you need a spring STEM activity to keep your students engaged as the weather gets warmer. This exciting plant maze design challenge is sure to keep your students' interest.

In the plant maze challenge, your students watch a video to learn about phototropism or plants' ability to turn toward a light source. Then they will design a maze for a plant to grow through to demonstrate phototropism. The plant mazes will be created from cardboard shoe box, tape and additional cardboard scraps. Students will plant seeds in a cup at the bottom of the maze and allow light to come through a hole at the top of the box. Over a few weeks, students will observe their seedlings and determine whether their plant mazes were successful.

Grab this spring STEM challenge today so you can take a break from planning and know your students will still be learning and having fun while you enjoy the spring season!

This plant science STEM activity includes:

  • PDF, Google, and Easel versions of the student project packets
  • Background videos for students to learn about phototropism and a sample plant maze
  • Detailed teacher notes that include suggestions for facilitating the project during in-person, distance, and hybrid learning
  • A slideshow to assist with synchronous or asynchronous lesson facilitation
  • A rubric for easy grading
  • End-of-project celebration certificates

Materials needed for the spring STEM activity:

  • A cardboard shoebox with a top that can be easily opened and closed
  • Other pieces of cardboard
  • Dark colored masking tape
  • Scissors or cardboard cutting tool
  • Corn, bean, or pea seeds
  • A cup
  • Soil


How can the plant science spring STEM challenge be used in your classroom?

  • Keep students learning and engaged throughout the weather changes and excitement that comes with the spring season

  • 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

  • Give students an opportunity 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
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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