STEM Challenge Bundle Pencil Series

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STEM Challenges: This is a set of three STEM Challenges that all have something to do with Back-to-School Supplies! Specifically pencils! It’s the Pencil Series! This series is perfect for the beginning of the school year when you have all those brand new pencils, but it can be used any time of year!

Please note: This package contains three challenges. Each may be purchased separately.

Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process for each challenge. The packages contain step-by-step procedures for the teacher that are clearly marked with the Design Process steps. The included lab sheets for students are also marked. Students will plan independently and then with teammates to create the best solution to the design challenge.

Some specifics about each design challenge:
In Pencil Boxes 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. Materials needed include: Card stock sheets, Craft sticks, Pipe cleaners, Scissors, Masking tape or clear tape, Glue sticks, Art Supplies, New pencils, Hole Punchers, and Copy paper.

In Drawbridges students will design and build a drawbridge that follows some specific constraints. Kids will be creative as they decide how to use the string and pencils, but they must also be diligent in making a bridge that is not flimsy. The final structure must cross over a one-foot gap and open and close in some way. You can opt for the final bridge to be tested for its ability to hold weight, if you like. There are several choices for you to make in the use of this challenge. Lab sheets and constraints posters for the options are all provided. Materials needed include: New pencils, Masking tape, Rubber bands, Pipe cleaners, String, Cardboard pieces, Straws, Copy paper, Pennies for weights- optional, and Small bowls- optional.

In Twirling Towers students will use a specific amount of pencils and a few other materials to build a tower. Here’s the hitch: Something on the tower has to twirl and have a specific purpose for the twirling. The groups will have to decide how and what will be twirling and a creative reason for it! You will be amazed at the creativity students display with the twirling apparatus! Materials needed include: New pencils, Cardstock, String, Craft sticks, Pipe cleaners, Straws, Cotton swabs, Rubber bands, Masking tape,
Art Supplies, Hole Punchers, and Copy paper.

This set is a combination of three STEM Challenges. If you prefer they may be purchased separately:
STEM Challenge Build a Pencil Box
STEM Challenge Build a Drawbridge
STEM Challenge Build a Twirling Tower

You can save by grabbing the STEM-by-the-Month Bundle:
STEM by the Month
You might also enjoy these STEM Multi Packs:

STEM Challenges – A Bundle of Same Supplies ~ Two Tasks Challenges
STEM Challenges – A Bundle of Real Life Model Challenges

Also, check my catalog for more information about all STEM products: STEM Product Catalog
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STEM Challenge Bundle Pencil Series
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STEM Challenge Bundle Pencil Series
STEM Challenge Bundle Pencil Series