STEM Straw Mazes Easy Prep Challenge

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Students are fascinated with mazes! This easy prep STEM activity allows them to build a maze using two simple supplies! This is a Quick Challenge – one you can complete in one class session with materials you probably already have! The teacher's guide features several different materials you can use as the base of your mazes.

This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

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 loved this one and really enjoyed trading mazes to solve those made by other groups.

What is a Quick Challenge?

Your students will love the freedom of a quick challenge as they get right to work and learn as they go! Quick also means easy prep for you!

What is your prep?

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!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background,
  • 2-page Teachers' guide,
  • Set of Criteria cards for students (with and without background color)
  • Lab Sheet with sample answers
  • Folding Graphic Organizer page
  • 3 pages of Photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use
  • You will also have a file containing editable forms!

Check the preview to see it all.

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

Or save money with the Quick Challenge Bundle!

NOTE: A simplified version of this challenge is included in STEM at Home:

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NGSS3-PS2-1
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
NGSS4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
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.
NGSS3-PS2-2
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
NGSS4-PS3-1
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. Assessment does not include quantitative measures of changes in the speed of an object or on any precise or quantitative definition of energy.

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