STEM Challenge Craft Stick Platforms

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Ready for platform STEM Challenge? This one is really fun but very challenging! Best of all it only uses two materials! Even better - there are several different ways to use this challenge.

Note: This challenge can be purchased as part of money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

This STEM activity will have your students experimenting with ways to join craft sticks together to use in building a platform. There are criteria to follow in making the platform and the finished platform will be tested with weights. An added feature of this task is using a budget plan in which students must pay for the supplies.


  • Craft Stick Platform using Glue and a budgeting feature
  • Craft Stick Platform using Glue without the budgeting feature
  • Craft Stick Platform using Tape and a budgeting feature
  • Craft Stick Platform using Tape without the budgeting feature

The best news is... each variation is outlined in the teacher directions. Lab sheets and constraints posters feature the different ways. And there's more... the forms are editable in case you need to make even more changes. This challenge is versatile and can be used with many ages. I have tried it with third, fourth, and fifth grades and even a second-grade class!

What is your prep?

Materials you will need in addition to this package include craft sticks and glue. We used hot glue guns. You can also use craft sticks and masking tape. Students will also need small bowls or cups, something to use for weights, scissors, and rulers.

This package specifically contains:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Background
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 4 pages of Teacher’s Step-by-Step Procedures
  • 2 pages of Helpful Hints
  • 4 pages of photos
  • 2 versions of the constraints poster
  • 3 versions of a lab sheet- one with sample student answers
  • Scoring rubric
  • All forms are editable.

This platform challenge works perfectly with these two:

Or save money with these two bundles that have all three challenges!


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