STEM Quick Challenge Straw Maze

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STEM Quick Challenge: Kids are fascinated with mazes! Here’s an engineering design challenge to allow them to build a maze using two simple supplies!

This challenge features the task of using given supplies to create a maze for a marble to travel through. Specific criteria for the task is given to students along with a box of supplies. Stand back and watch them construct! Students record their thinking on lab sheets or a folding graphic organizer- both of which can be used with your Science Interactive Notebooks. Students loved this one and really enjoyed trading mazes to solve those made by other groups.

Detailed instructions are not included, although you will find that in STEM Challenges and STEM Activities from Teachers are Terrific! Rather, this exploration is just that- an exploration time with limited supplies and spectacular results! Your students will love the freedom of a quick challenge as they get right to work and learn as they go!

How many ways can this Quick Challenge be used? Here’s a few:
• Time fillers for Multiple Classes
• Substitute Days- Easy prep and easy direction for your sub
• TAG Classes
• First time use of a STEM Idea! What a great way to get started!
• Early Finishers! Just give them a prepared box!
• Homework!
• Science Night or Parent Open House
• Class Rewards
• Enrichment Activity
• After School Science Clubs

The package specifically contains: Cover sheet, Teacher Background, 1 page Materials and Prep list, Set of Criteria cards for students (with and without background color), Lab Sheet, Folding Graphic Organizer page, 2 pages of Photos, and Thank you page. Specific Teacher Procedures are not included. Just talk about the Criteria of the task, give students their supply boxes, and let them get busy planning, designing, collaborating, and learning!

Supplies needed in addition to this package include: boxes or sturdy cardboard for the maze base, marbles, clear tape, and a Container for each group’s supplies. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!

You are going to love this challenge! If you need a more intensive maze designing plan try this: STEM Challenge: Build a Marble Maze


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You might also enjoy these Quick Challenges:

STEM Quick Challenge: Pom-Pom Blasters
STEM Quick Challenge: Robot Man
STEM Quick Challenge: Spoon Tower
STEM Quick Challenge: Mechanical Hand

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STEM Quick Challenge Straw Maze
STEM Quick Challenge Straw Maze
STEM Quick Challenge Straw Maze
STEM Quick Challenge Straw Maze