STEM Quick Challenges | STEM Soft Starts |School Box STEM

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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34 pages
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Are you looking for simply easy ways to add STEM in your classroom? STEM School Box Challenges is a packet of 12 STEM Challenges that will fit into a school box. Great for STEM Soft Starts when students arrive to school early. This packet contains: Challenge Label, Inside the Box Student’s Directions, Teacher’s Page with the directions and materials, and Student STEM Journal.

  • These activities can also be used for STEAM Activities, Maker Spaces, Tinkering Labs, or After School Clubs. Your students will love designing, creating, engineering, predicting, comparing, building, & reflecting about their challenges. Students will problem solve and think critically as they complete their challenges.
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Activities Included:

  • Index Card Tower
  • House of Cards
  • Pipe Cleaner Bridge
  • Popsicle Stick Catapult
  • Army Parachute
  • Fidget Spinners
  • Building Squares Structures
  • Dominoes Diving Board
  • Packing Peanuts Structures
  • Triangle Structures
  • Button Designs
  • Button Towers

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34 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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