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STEM Challenge Build a Pencil Box

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Here’s a fabulous STEM challenge to help ease into STEM at the beginning of a school year! It’s all about school boxes and pencils! This one has an interesting premise and will spark a discussion about why students would need to build a pencil box. Mine came up with some creative ideas!

This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

In this challenge, students will build a container that will hold some brand new pencils. The scenario is simply that they need a container and don’t have one or don’t have room for their shiny new pencils among all the other new supplies. So, they set out to invent their own. There are some specific constraints to follow in building the box which includes handles and latches and holding the weight of the pencils. Students will use the steps of the Engineering Design Process as you follow the pages of detailed and labeled teacher directions pages.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes card stock sheets, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, scissors, masking tape or clear tape, glue sticks, art supplies (construction paper, crayons, markers), new pencils, hole punchers, and copy paper.

The package specifically includes:

  • cover
  • teacher background
  • materials and preparation page
  • 5 pages of teacher directions
  • constraints list
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • one extra Hints page
  • student lab sheet –with sample answers
  • scoring rubric
  • editable forms file
  • Terms of Use

This challenge will need 1 class session (1 hour) to complete.

This challenge works perfectly with these two:

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