STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities

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STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Challenges BUNDLE - STEM and STEAM Activities
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    20 STEM and STEAM activities you can do with readily available materials with very little prep. If you have STEM Fridays or Maker Mondays, these are ideal STEM challenges to get you started. Because these are not related to holidays, or seasons, these STEM challenges can be done throughout the year. These activities can be used with elementary students or middle school students - you will just need to alter the design criteria depending on the group.

    ***Please note that this bundle is currently undergoing major revisions and updates, so you will want to check back frequently for all the new additions to the files.

    This resource includes both set 1 and set 2 of 10 STEM Challenges You Can Do Today (see individual files linked below for detailed previews):

    10 STEM Challenges
    10 More STEM Challenges


    or watch the video preview here!

    10 STEM Challenges Contents
    Each challenge includes a description, photographs of examples, a display page stating the challenge, as well as 5 "Talk Like an Engineer" word cards with relevant vocabulary.
    Design a Bridge
    Design a Paper Airplane
    Design a Shelter
    Tallest Tower
    Challenging Maze
    Pompom Launcher
    Float a Boat
    Fast & Slow Sled (can be seen in action on this blog post)
    What a Drag
    Cantilever Challenge
    BONUS: All Aboard the Gear Train

    Also included:
    Graphic organizers, engineering report, and rubric. Choose either to document each challenge, or use the provided interactive pages (2) in your science notebooks.

    10 More STEM Challenges Contents
    Each challenge includes a description, photographs of examples, a display page stating the challenge, as well as 5 "Talk Like an Engineer" word cards with relevant vocabulary. The challenges cover a wide range of engineering disciplines:materials engineering (bubble challenge), industrial engineering (fidget fix), acoustical engineering (musical instrument), mechanical engineering (elevator, windshield wipers), code creator (software engineering), aeronautical engineering (windmill).

    Design a Zip Line
    Design a Windmill
    Fidget Fix
    Code Creator (create simple code with conditional statement IF ELSE, no computer necessary!)
    Design a Musical Instrument
    Bubble Maker
    Elevator Challenge
    Design a Hammock
    Printing Press
    Windshield Wipers (synthesize a 4-bar linkage)

    Also included:
    Graphic organizers, engineering report, and rubric. Choose either to document each challenge, or use the provided interactive pages (2) in your science notebooks.

    Please note: This is marked as grades 3-5 but can easily be used in second or upper grades as well.

    While these challenges are designed to be completed with readily available classroom and household materials, your students will have an easier time completing the challenges if you have the following materials available: foam paper sheets (for the printing press challenge), metal fasteners (for the windshield wiper challenge), thin cardboard (such as from cereal and other food boxes), and string (for the zip line and elevator challenges). You will also need to either have bubble solution or make your own with water, dish detergent, and either corn syrup or glycerin.

    If you are looking for a more rigorous approach to the engineering design process, please view my engineering design challenge resources (linked below).

    FAQs about STEM
    Why use STEM activities in your classroom or homeschool?
    These STEM activities are project-based and cross-curricular. Your students will gain experience in soft skill areas and foster a growth mindset while:

    ✓ Learning to work as part of a team.
    ✓ Communicating effectively and clearly to persuade others.
    ✓ Gaining confidence in presenting and speaking to groups.
    ✓ Persevering through a challenge when the initial design fails.
    ✓ Accepting constructive criticism from peers.

    FAQs
    Will I need to spend a lot of money on supplies?
    You don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started! You probably have most of the supplies in your classroom already, or in your recycle bin. I have developed most of my STEM challenges to be easily modified based on the materials you have on hand. For most of the challenges, you will need basic office or craft supplies and household recyclables such as:
    tape
    paper, index cards, or card stock
    recyclables like plastic cups, paper towel rolls, and cereal boxes
    craft sticks or straws

    I've never done STEM challenges before. What can I expect?
    I've got you covered! There are notes and photos in the pack, and I have written several blog posts to get you started, two of which you can find here and here. All of my STEM challenge resources guide you through the engineering design process step by step.

    Want to go paperless?
    I have created a STEM Journal for use with ANY STEM Challenge where you can record the engineering design process without wasting paper.

    *************************** Related Resources *************************
    Engineering Design Process Posters
    Engineering Disciplines Posters
    Engineering Posters BUNDLE
    STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges
    STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges (Set 2)
    STEM Activities BUNDLE (20 challenges)
    STEM Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

    »»»»»»»»»»ALL STEM Tales ««««««««««

    Engineering Design Challenges (initial purchase)
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Power Transmission Tower
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship

    Engineering Design Challenge ADD ON PACKS (subsequent purchase)
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device ADD ON PACK
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Transmission Tower ADD ON PACK
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope ADD ON PACK
    STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship ADD ON PACK
    ***********************************************************************

    Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.

    © Meredith Anderson - Momgineer


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