STEM Challenges for Summer

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Summer STEM activities includes 3 different STEM challenges that are great for hands-on learning. Use the printable pages provided to follow the Engineering Design Process, or set this activity up as a STEM station with the challenge cards provided. The three challenges are:

• submersible (water craft or SCUBA diver)
• strong sandcastle
• squirrel-proof bird feeder (or choose simple bird feeder)

*****Contents*****
Getting Started
Suggested Material List for each challenge: for these challenges you will need recyclables, tape, bird seed, sand, a tub/bin, and water. Other items are optional.
STEM Challenge Tips
General tips for any STEM challenge.
Each Challenge Includes
Teacher Notes
Sample Pictures
Printable Challenge Poster: Hang at your STEM center or near where the STEM creations are, especially if they will be on display for the class or a STEM fair, parent night, etc.
Printable pages to use with the challenge and guide the students through the engineering design process.
STEM Challenge Cards
These cards are like task cards, but they include the 3 main STEM challenges in this resource (with variations), as well as some other challenges. You can use these if you would rather set this up at a STEM station as a self-guided STEM activity. Choose from cards with images or without.
STEM Graphic Organizers
Summer themed – use with the three challenges or the challenge cards, provided to allow the students to work through the engineering design process. You may also use this sheet for any of the other challenges if you prefer a more generic one.

Please note, while I have marked this as grades 3-6, many second graders would enjoy these activities, as well as students in older grades. These challenges are fairly open ended and will enhance critical thinking skills, regardless of age!

See the video preview at YouTube!

This is part of the STEM Challenges for All
Seasons BUNDLE
, so please do not purchase both.

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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.

I don't have time to do this as a group activity in my classroom. Can I still use this resource?
Yes! With STEM task cards, you can set up an independent learning center for your early finishers or when you do stations. Provide the materials, STEM task cards, and the included recording sheets or graphic organizers, and the students can work on these challenges independently, either alone or in small teams. Keep your materials in STEM bins so that you can easily rotate through them!

*************************** 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 Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

STEM Tales
All STEM Tales

STEM for all Seasons
Winter STEM
Spring STEM
Summer STEM
Fall STEM

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
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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.

Find more STEM at my blog momgineer
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or at STEM Activities for Kids
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STEM Challenges for Summer
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STEM Challenges for Summer
STEM Challenges for Summer