STEM Activities and STEAM Challenges

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    These NGSS aligned challenges motivate, challenge, and provide authentic growth mindset learning. The Year Long ALL STEAM and STEM project activities engage a variety of learners and incorporate the engineering design cycle.

    LAST UPDATED: 6/12/18 (3 Challenge Updates!)

    Next Challenge: Endangered Animals Center- Habitat Creation Life Science Adaptations (NGSS 3-LS4-3) (Predicted Upload Date: 11/2/18)

    Future STEAM Challenges: Addition Dates TBD

    Life Science Plants & Light's Impact Challenge (NGSS 2-LS2-1)

    Life Science Humans' mimicking of animals/plants (NGSS 1-LS1-1)

    *** This money saving ALL STEAM & STEM Bundle is always 30% off the total cost of the items included, if purchased individually *** As more challenges are added, the price will increase.

    Check out the PREVIEW and INDIVIDUAL LISTING for detailed information about each STEAM & STEM Challenge

    CURRENT BUNDLE INCLUDES: 12 STEAM & STEM Challenges PLUS Engineering Design Cycle Cards

    Engineering Design Flip Cards:

    These cycle cards guides students through the engineering component of STEAM and STEM projects. The cycle is fluid, meaning students will move forwards and backwards through the five components as they complete their project. There will be times students will go back to the drawing board to investigate possible solutions, then make modifications to their designs.

    ⭐Earth Science STEAM and STEM Challenges:

    Water Pollution- A Water Filter STEAM & STEM Challenge: NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3

    This project requires students to create a water filter for use with greywater in order to conserve water resources. The engineering design cycle will be used as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their filter. Students will use their observations and collected data to write a report on their findings.

    • Challenge Directions

    • Teacher Greywater Creation Solution

    • Data Collection Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Water Filter Report

    • Grading Rubric

    • Leveled Passage: Greywater- How can Water Conservation help the Environment? (3 Leveled Texts)

    • Science Leveled Passage: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch- A Global Problem (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 2 Venn Diagrams

    • 6 Writing Prompts: Persuade, Inform, Entertain

    Creek Soil Preserver- An Environmental Erosion Challenge: NGSS 2-ESS1-1 4-ESS2-1

    This project requires students to develop a solution to an eroding creek bank to protect a playground in this STEAM and STEM challenge. The activity incorporates the engineering design cycle and includes a leveled text. Students use their observations and collected data to write a report on their finding. Writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

    • Student Directions Page

    • Data Collection Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Soil Preserver Report

    • Grading Rubric

    • Science Leveled Passage: Erosion- How Does it Occur in Nature? (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 2 Venn Diagrams

    • 4 Informational Writing Prompts

    Weather Hazard Flood Challenge: NGSS 3-ESS3-1

    This provides a hands-on learning approach to understanding how to prevent and reduce flooding! This project requires students to develop a model to that would help reduce home flooding during severe storms. The activity incorporates the engineering design cycle and includes a leveled text. Students use their observations to write a learning report. Writing prompts are included, too!

    • Student Directions Page: 2 Versions

    • Design and Testing Page:

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: 2 Versions

    • Engineering Learning Report: 2 Versions

    • Grading Rubric

    • Science Leveled Passage: Hurricane Maria: Devastation to Puerto Rico (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 7 Venn Diagrams

    • 2 Research Writing Prompts

    • 5 Show Know What You Know: Task & Writing Prompt

    Are your students learning about the Earth's rotation? In this project, students create a shadow catcher and will investigate how Earth's rotation effects shadows throughout the day in this STEAM and STEM challenge. The engineering design cycle is incorporated as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their shadow catcher. Observations and collected data is used to write a report on their findings. Leveled texts and writing prompts round out this jammed packed set! 1 Interactive Graphic Organizer: Weather Vocabulary (Flood, Tornado, Ice Storm, Hurricane)

    Shadow Catcher- A Solar Challenge: NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-ESS1-1

    In this project, students create a shadow catcher and will investigate how Earth's rotation effects shadows throughout the day. The engineering design cycle is incorporated as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their shadow catcher. Observations and collected data is used to write a report on their findings. Leveled texts and writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

    • Student Directions Page: 3 Leveled Versions

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: 2 Versions

    • Data Collection Page

    • 2 Line Graphs: Graph angle and length

    • Shadow Catcher Report:

    • Grading Rubric:

    • Compare/Contrast Seasonal Changes:

    • 4 Informational Writing Prompts

    • Science Leveled Passage: Sundials & Ancient Civilizations: 4 Leveled Texts

    • Science Leveled Passage: How are Shadows Formed? 4 Leveled Texts

    • 3 Venn Diagrams

    • 2 Interactive Vocabulary Organizers

    ⭐Physical Science STEAM and STEM Challenges:

    Inclined Plane STEAM & STEM Challenge: NGSS 3-5 ETS 1-1

    Students will apply their understanding of inclined planes in this STEAM & STEM challenge. Graphic Organizers, Writing Prompts with rubric, and an Informal Assessment will enhance your simple machines unit.

    • Student Direction Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: 2 Versions

    • Data Collection Page: Personal & Class Versions

    • Challenge Grading Rubric

    • 6 Quadrant Style Graphic Organizers

    • 2 Triple Venn-Diagrams

    • A 3-2-1 Informal Assessment

    • 3 Constructed Response Writing Prompts (Grading Rubrics Included)

    • Science Leveled Passage: Simple Machines: Ancient Ruins 3 Leveled Texts

    • Interactive Vocabulary Graphic Organizers: 6 Terms

    • Simple Machines Search: Graphic Organizer

    Sound- Pitch & Volume Instrument Creation STEAM Challenge: NGSS 1-PS4-1

    This STEAM & STEM project gives a students the opportunity to connect their understanding of sound and knowledge of pitch and volume to create a musical instrument using the engineering cycle.

    • Challenge Directions

    • Challenge Grading Rubric

    • Instrument Museum Voting Slips

    • 1 Leveled Science Passage (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 2 Venn Diagrams

    Thermal & Heat Energy Insulator STEAM & STEM Challenge: NGSS 4-PS3-2

    This project requires students to connect their understanding of thermal energy to create an insulator used to keep a can of soda cold. The engineering design cycle will be used as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their soda insulator.

    • Challenge Directions

    • Data Collection Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Soda Insulator Report

    • Challenge Grading Rubric

    • 1 Science Leveled Passage (3 Leveled Texts)

    • Informational Prompt: Writing About Insulators

    • 4 Venn Diagrams

    • Concept Check: Conductor or Insulator

    Shipbuilding- A Density Colonial STEAM & STEM Challenge: K-2-ETS 1-3

    This colonial STEAM requires students to draw on their understanding of density to create a cargo ship prototype. The engineering design cycle will be used as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their ship. Students will use their observations and collected data to write a report on their findings A leveled text and writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

    • Challenge Directions

    • Data Collection Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Shipbuilding Report

    • Challenge Grading Rubric

    • 1 Venn Diagram

    • 1 Science Leveled Passage: Why are Some Trees Able to Float? (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 4 Informational Prompts

    Magnetic Solution STEAM Challenge: NGSS 3-PS2-3 and 3-PS2-4

    This magnetic invention STEAM and STEM challenge provides a hands-on learning approach to understanding magnetism! This project requires students to modify a current product used in everyday life to help make tasks easier. The activity incorporates the engineering design cycle and includes a leveled text. Students use their observations to write a submission report on their invention before a classroom showcase. Writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

    • Student Directions Page

    • Design and Testing Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Engineering Submission Report

    • Grading Rubric

    • Science Leveled Passage: Medical Magnets- What is an MRI? (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 2 Venn Diagrams

    • 2 Informational Writing Prompts

    • 2 Show Know What You Know: Task & Writing Prompts

    Light- Reflection STEAM and STEM Challenge: NGSS 4-PS4-2

    This challenge provides a hands-on learning approach to understanding how reflection impacts human sight! This project requires students to develop a model which describes how light reflecting from objects enters the eyes, causing sight. The activity incorporates the engineering design cycle and includes a leveled text. Students use their observations to write a learning report before a classroom showcase.

    • Student Directions Page

    • Design and Testing Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection

    • Engineering Learning Report

    • Grading Rubric

    • Science Leveled Passage: Sight: How do Human Eyes Work (3 Leveled Texts)

    • 5 Venn Diagrams

    • 3 Informational Writing Prompts

    • 1 Show Know What You Know: Task & Writing Prompt

    • 1 Interactive Graphic Organizer: Light Vocabulary

    ⭐Problem Solving STEAM and STEM Challenges:

    Solid Figure Bridge Support Challenge: NGSS K-2-ETS1-2

    This STEAM & STEM project gives a real-life scenario from an urban city where a bridge collapse occurred, following a fire. Students are challenged to test 3 different solid figure columns, triangular prism, rectangular prism, and cylinder, in order to make a recommendation as to which type of supports the new bridge should have.

    • Recommendation Letter

    • 6 Venn-Diagrams

    • Science Passage: Why Are Cylinders Strong (3 levels of difficulty.)

    Earth Day Reusable Challenge: K-2-ETS 1-1

    In April are you studying how to reduce, reuse, and recycle? This challenges students to design and invent a product using reusable/recyclable materials. This project requires students to develop a model to solve a problem. The activity incorporates the engineering design cycle and includes a leveled text. Students use their observations to write a learning report. Writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

    • Student Directions Page

    • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: 2 Versions

    • Brain Storming with SCAMPER

    • Data & Testing Page

    • Engineering Report: 2 Versions

    • Grading Rubric

    • Science Leveled Passage: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 3 Leveled Texts

    • Family Action Plan: Try This!

    • 2 Venn Diagrams

    • 3 Informational Writing Prompts

    • 1 Interactive Graphic Organizer

    These STEAM & STEM Challenges May Be Purchased Individually:

    Engineering Design Cycle Flip Cards

    Earth Science STEAM and STEM Challenges

    Water Pollution- A Water Filter STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Erosion- A Creek Bank Preservation STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Flood- Weather Hazard STEAM Challenge

    Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM Challenge

    Physical Science STEAM and STEM Challenges

    Simple Machines Inclined Plane STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Sound- Pitch and Volume Create an Instrument STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Thermal & Heat Energy Soda Insulator STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Shipbuilding- A Density Colonial STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Magnetic Solution Inventors STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Mirror, Mirror- A Light Reflection STEM & STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Problem Solving STEAM and STEM Challenges

    Solid Figure Bridge Support STEAM & STEM Challenge

    Earth Day- Reusable Invention STEAM Challenge

    Are you Looking for Other Creative Thinking Activities?

    SCAMPER {Creative Thinking}

    Design-a-Toy with Blocks {Creative Thinking}

    Finish the Picture- Fall Theme {Creative Thinking}

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