STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle

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2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Super-charge your STEM class with 43 high-engagement, critical thinking, problem-solving, NGSS-aligned challenges to take you through the entire year! Modifications are included to make these activities engaging and challenging for students in grades 2 - 8.

The basic premise:
Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists and use a combination of science, engineering, math, and technology skills to design and build solutions to problems.




Grades 2 – 8? How can this cover such a wide span?
First, please take a look at the top left thumbnail next to the product cover image where I partially addressed this. :)

I do have a few things to add! I create the kind of products I want to buy. I hate the feeling of seeing two products -- one for grades 2 - 5 and another grades 6 - 8 -- and not knowing which one to buy. I include everything in one product, so there's no guesswork on your part. You'll have a highly adaptable resource you can easily take with you if you switch grades or want a high level of differentiation available to you.

Here are a few customer quotes from the Protect-a-Pilgrim challenge that I hope will clear up any remaining doubt. I’ll include more buyer-feedback at the bottom of the description, as well.

“Fun activity to use year after year. It was a great way to challenge my students with learning disabilities (high school). They loved doing this activity.”

“My 7th and 8th graders loved this!”

“Did it with first graders...They loved it!”

“This product was very thoughtfully laid out. It was very easy to follow, engaging, and creative! I really appreciate how you made cross curricular ties to math and language arts. Sometimes it's tricky to do with science, and this will really help students have fun and make connections. Thank you!”


Why would I need 43 challenges when there are only 36 weeks in my school calendar?
More is better! Extra challenges can be used in a number of ways:
- Emergency sub-plans
- Parent STEM nights
- Send one home for family homework/activity
- Use in your maker-spaces for early finishers
- Rainy day in-class recess? Gotcha covered!
- STEM field day – do three or more challenges in the same day (STEM Triathlon)
- Offer as extra credit assignments


Is this bundle a good value?
Buying each challenge separately currently costs $124.

Prior to the mega bundle, the most economical way to purchase was to buy the eight seasonal sets (40 challenges) plus three “any-time” challenges, at a cost of $87.00 -- just over $2.00 per challenge.

This mega bundle gives ~ 44% off the cost of buying each challenge separately -- bringing the per challenge cost to ~$1.60 each. What a bargain! ☺

Full disclosure: I will be updating the challenges for Winter/Christmas in October. After the update, there will likely be a small increase to the price, but you can buy now and download all future updates for free for life under “My Purchases.”


I’ve already purchased some of your challenges. Is there any way to apply what I already spent toward this bundle?

Absolutely! I contacted TpT customer service, and they told me this is the process: 1) Purchase the STEM Mega Bundle. 2) Contact TpT customer service to tell them that "I bought this resource [x/item#] and it's included in this resource [x/item#]" and request a refund. Once they verify that the individual items are part of the mega bundle, they will refund you the price of the individual items.


What do I get when I purchase this bundle?

You get a license to use these incredible challenges in your classroom. The PDF you will download after purchase looks like what you see in the preview; you will receive a link and password to a Dropbox folder (no account required). There, you will have access to (and can download at your convenience) the forty-three STEM challenges listed below. Any time there are updates to challenges, these folders will be updated as well.

Back-to-School 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Apples Afar
- Apples Aloft
- Apple Annihilator
- Apple Ally
- Apples A-head

Halloween 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Wings Wanted
- Creature Catcher
- Bone Bridge
- Treat Toss
- Ghosts in the Graveyard

Thanksgiving 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Mini Mayflower
- Protect-a-Pilgrim
- Pumpkin Picker
- Corn Cultivator
- Turkey Transporter

Christmas/Winter 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Winter: Snowman Stretch
- Winter: Frozen Fortress
- Christmas: Candy Cane Calamity
- Christmas: Reindeer Relay
- Christmas: Sleigh & Slope

Valentine’s Day 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- “Heavy” Hearts
- Cards in the Clouds
- Candy / Confection Container
- Cupid’s Quiver
- Flower Frenzy*
*Flower Frenzy is contains four flower mini-challenges:
– Floating Flowers
– Fluff & Flatten Flowers
– Functional Flowers
– Firmly Fixed Flowers

St. Patrick’s Day 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Guard the Gold
- Get the Gold
- Leprechaun Lockdown
- St. Pat’s Snake Snatcher
- Limitless Luck

Easter/Spring 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Egg-hanced
- Carrot Carriage
- Nice Nest
- Bean Bind
- Basket Bounce

SUMMER STEM 5-in-1 Bundle - Includes the following 5 challenges:
- Keep it Cool – Make it Melt
- Drippin’ Dash
- Amphibious Phone
- Wicked-Fast Water Slide
- Pick & Pack

Three “Any-Time” Challenges
- New Earth City STEM Challenge
- Card Towers STEM Challenge
- Build a Boat STEM Challenge

Why should I do STEM challenges in my class?

Benefits of STEM Design Challenges:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.


How long will STEM challenges take to complete?

Each design iteration should be planned for approximately 60 – 90 min. not including extension activities or second iterations.


What is included in these challenges?

Each seasonal 5-in-1 bundle includes:

• Seasonal STEM Bundle Tips
- Suggestions on timing and whether or not to treat these challenges as competitions
- What to say (and what not to say) during STEM Challenges
- 5-event Data Tracker handout

Plus, each challenge comes with:

NGSS-aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips
- Materials and timing (Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified)
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design cross-curricular extension activities list

Student Handouts
- Criteria and Constraints list (editable version provided)
- Results and Design/Data Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension
- And other challenge-specific extras (see each product description page for details)


What else do teachers have to say about these STEM challenges?

"These STEM challenges are AMAZING!! My students are always begging for another challenge & this mega bundle is perfect!! The challenges definitely stretch my students, yet they allow for all my students to succeed. Terrific discussion questions & the opportunity for students to revise & improve. We love, love, love your challenges!! Thank you!" (Mega Bundle)

“Can't wait to introduce this challenge to my students. I love that all of your challenges are so engaging. Easy to follow instructions and clear connections to the standards.” (Frozen Fortress)

“WOW! This is one of my favorite TpT purchases to date! This STEM bundle is engaging and fun. My students loved the activities and it was a way to incorporate some fun into learning about Thanksgiving. The bundle was complete with everything you'd need (except building materials) the questions and instructions were well thought out and perfect!” (Corn Cultivator)

“This was an amazing activity, perfect for the last day of school before Halloween. It kept my 5th graders engaged and thinking the entire time. I loved the reactions I got from them when something worked or didn't work. I will be purchasing your activities in the future!” (Treat Toss)

“This is one of the best activities I've ever paid for here on TPT. My students LOVED LOVED LOVED this and we had great discussions about design thinking.” (Reindeer Relay)

“My students loved these challenges and I loved that they were so engaged in learning and problem solving at what is typically a very distracting time of the year. Thank you!” (Winter/Christmas 5-in-1 Bundle)

“Love! Well laid out. Enough wiggle room to adapt to different age groups.” (Valentine’s 5-in-1 Bundle)

“This was a fantastic find for the last week of school. I did a shortened version of this with my 6th and 7th graders and they went crazy over it! They loved the build and then after we tested I let them destroy (the water started the process) and they thought it was awesome. Thank you for creating such a great resource that could be used with many different grade levels.” (Wicked-Fast Water Slide)

“What a great unit. I am using this with my summer school group and they are excited about each day. It makes being in school over the summer a little easier for both them and me.” (Summer 5-in-1 Bundle)

If you have a question I haven’t answered, please use the Q/A tab above, and I’ll get back to you with an answer ASAP!

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STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle