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STEM Challenge Marble Maze

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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Kids love mazes! This STEM activity is one my students look forward to and ask to complete! When they see mazes listed on our agenda they instantly start sketching ideas for the pathways and dead ends. They love testing their mazes and trading with other groups! Your kids will be a"mazed" with this project, too!

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Benefits of STEM

STEM activities give you the opportunity to give your kids some basic supplies, a list of requirements for the task, and then watch the fun unfold. It’s a time for the best learning ever- as kids create and re-create as their work fails. It is through the failure that the best learning occurs.

What is the challenge?

This STEM activity will have your students designing a maze through which a marble can travel. They will fold and bend paper or cardboard into the maze paths and then try their invention repeatedly. Your students will love this!

What is your prep?

Materials needed in addition to this package include boxes (like a gift box), cardboard, card stock, copy paper, construction paper, marbles, craft items (like styrofoam, foam, poms-poms, sponges, tissue paper), scissors, masking tape, and rulers. You will need to gather the materials and provide the base for each maze (boxes). You will also need to copy the student lab sheets. Substitutions for any listed material can be made- use what you have!

What is included?

  • Teacher Background page
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 6 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures for Version 1
  • Extensions page
  • 2 versions of a Lab sheet
  • 3 pages of Photos for versions 1 and 2
  • 1 page for teacher directions for both versions 2 and 3
  • 2 pages of photos for version 3
  • page listing task constraints
  • two pages of extra information about mazes
  • Scoring rubric
  • editable forms
  • The page count listed with this product includes everything.

What are teachers saying?

  • "Our students had a great time creating their mazes and then trying out each other's mazes. The directions were easy to follow. Lots of ideas."
  • "This activity was the most thorough and helpful product I have bought yet! I have bought a lot! I will buy everything by Teachers are Terrific."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. Assessment does not include quantitative measures of changes in the speed of an object or on any precise or quantitative definition of energy.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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