Project Based Learning: iDesign an App STEM Project (PBL)

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2nd - 9th, Homeschool
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My students really enjoyed this activity! They had fun creating a new app, and they really liked putting their app's 'icon' on the tablet screen. Thank you!
This is SUCH a cool idea, and I will use it for years to come. Engaging, creative, relevant, and fun. Thanks!


STEAM, STEM, or Project Based Learning—this project is perfect for kids of the 21st-century!

Students design, describe, and write about their own original "app." Then they draw the logo they create on a post-it-note and then attach the post-it-notes to a group "tablet" poster (that they also make).

This is a big hit with kids because it speaks their language and allows for creativity. Let the independent, creative thinker in your students shine with this contemporary art integration lesson!

Also check out my "Famous Faces" of STE(A)M poster that could add some added inspiration to your classroom!

Each student has to "develop" their own "app"—give it a name, describe what it does, etc.—and then design a logo.

I have included templates and worksheets to help your students work through this process, including developing a storyboard for their app. This makes your students think!

Then, to show their creation off, they draw their app logo onto post-it notes which are then added to a large (21" x 28") classroom tablet poster. The poster holds 24 post-it notes but can be extended to have more (up to 32).

This project allows students to be creative, think for themselves, and is current and relevant to living in the 21st-Century! A perfect way to integrate art into your curriculum.

You will get the complete set of instructions on how to teach this lesson, including examples.

You get the "iDesign an App" handout as well as the "App Preview" handout.

You get all the poster pieces to create a 21" x 28" tablet poster for app logos. The exact size of your iPad poster will depend on your printer settings. Be sure to select "fit to page."

I have also included an extension row to the poster so you can add up to 32 apps, depending on how big or small your class is.

If you like this lesson, you will probably really like my "Selfie" drawing lesson (your students will enjoy it for sure!). You can check it out here.

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