STEM Quick Challenge Treasure Boxes

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3rd - 5th
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We used this in our summer program. We divided into groups with older students as leads. This was one of the best STEAM projects. Loved this project
We had Pirate Day as part of our ABC countdown this year and this stem challenge was the perfect activity to go with it! We had such a great time with this challenge!
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  1. Perfect for spur of the moment, spontaneous STEM time! It's STEM Quick Challenges! Can you use a few supplies and build a structure? These challenges are quick, easy prep, easy materials, great fun, and can be used on the spur of the moment! This is a money-saving bundle of twenty Quick Challenges!T
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  2. This fabulous bundle of two resources is a great way to tackle a STEM activity. Students will read about pirate topics and complete comprehension activities during your reading block. Add the STEM Challenge to build a treasure box and your students will definitely ask for more of these combinations!
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In this STEM Challenge, students will be building a treasure box to hold any treasure of their choice. The rules of the task are daunting- as daunting as a pirate! Speaking of pirates-STEM and reading are a perfect combination. This fabulous and quick challenge is inspired by a pirate book. Read the book and engineer a treasure box!

Note: This quick challenge is available as part of a money-saving bundle:

What is the challenge?

This challenge features the task of using given supplies to design and build a box to hold treasure. You can opt to create boxes that resemble a treasure chest with a rounded and hinging lid. Specific criteria for the task are given to students along with a box of supplies. Stand back and watch them construct! Students record their thinking on lab sheets. Students loved this one and really worked hard to use the supplies well!

You will love the easy prep!

The suggested pirate book is one you will love and your students will, too. It’s totally optional to read the book. This challenge can be completed without it.

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • 3 pages of Teacher Directions
  • Set of Criteria cards for students (in 2 versions)
  • Lab Sheet with answer samples
  • 2 pages of photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use page
  • All forms are provided in an editable format!

Simple teacher procedures and tips are included. Just talk about the Criteria of the task, read the book if you choose to, and let them get busy planning, designing, collaborating, and learning!

What do you need?

Materials needed for the STEM Challenge include card stock, masking tape, and pipe cleaners. Optional items are scrap construction paper and glue sticks.

Who is this for?

This was tested with 4th and 5th graders and was completed in 45 minutes. The teacher’s guide includes tips for use with younger students.

I know you are going to love this Quick Challenge!

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STEM Quick Challenge Bundle


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