STEM Tales Overview

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I have created a short video that shows several examples of STEM tales. I have received many questions over the years and though I have written a blog series about these tales, I know sometimes a video can be more useful. If you are interested, the blog series can be found here:

STEM Tales Blog Series

Frequently Asked Questions
I am totally new to STEM. Will I be able to successfully implement this resource?

Yes! STEM tales are written to naturally guide students (and you) through the engineering design process. All you need to do is print out and copy the story booklet (only 2 pages, front and back, folded to make an 8 page booklet) and find out what the problem is that needs to be solved. Sample images of completed projects are included. Many activities have warm up or extension activities as well.

Can this be adapted for Kindergarten?

The activity itself can absolutely be used with K kids. They are often the most imaginative little engineers. The assistance they will need is with the reading portion; you can either have reading buddies help with this part or use the story portion as a read aloud (it isn't very long). It actually works very well as a way to talk about the similarities and differences with the original story and this one!

"I am interested in this bundle but am curious if the supplies needed are mostly paper products that are inexpensively purchased and easily located? I see many STEM activities that will could potentially be expensive to carry out for the teacher."

Good news! I did design these challenges to use as many inexpensive materials as possible. Almost all of the projects can be completed with card stock (if there are characters to print) and basic office materials such as index cards, tape, rubber bands, string, and recyclables (I save up items like plastic containers and cereal boxes until I have enough to supply the activity). Any other materials are a bonus.

The exceptions would be:

Robin Hood's bow - you will need craft sticks, bamboo skewers, or plastic spoons to make the bow part.

Jack and the Beanstalk - you will need Easter eggs or something similar for the egg and a cushioning material. I like to save air-filled packs that come in shipments for this.

and The Three Little Pigs (you will need a fan, though optionally you could just have students blow on the structures).

Just want to make sure this would be a good purchase for a third grade class. I am always leery when the grade level is 1-3! I don't want my kids think it is too easy and then it be a waste of money.

I have done these challenges with kids in grades 1-4 and they were all engaged. Kids in grades 3-4 tend to not need much help in the way of the create step but tend to make more elaborate designs. You can also extend the challenges in the following way if you think they will be too simple, though I haven't found it necessary:

For the Rapunzel challenge, add a step so that Rapunzel needs to re-enter her tower (harder to go up than down).

For the Goldilocks challenge, tell the students that she has a new sibling at home and the bed needs to be a bunk bed that supports two Goldilocks characters (or a sleepover with baby bear).

For the Robin Hood challenge, have them also design an arrow quiver that holds at least 5 arrows, and can be worn hands-free.

I homeschool. Will this work for me?

STEM tales are ideal for any young learner. They work well for homeschooling families and co-ops, too.

I run an after school STEM club. How long does it take to complete each activity?

Depending on the abilities of your students and the time you are willing to give them, plan on 2 (or ideally 3-4) 45-minute or 1-hour sessions. The first session will be for reading the story, brainstorming solutions, and creating their plans. The second session is devoted to construction and testing of the design. The third session is used to make improvements and/or do extension activities (or test the design to failure). You can then take an additional session to have students present their findings, explain their designs, and receive constructive feedback from their peers about their designs. This is a great time to present certificates, too!

Links to all STEM Tales
Rapunzel engineers an escape
Help Rapunzel escape her tower so she can get out and experience the world!
♖Instructions and sample images
♖8-page short story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
♖Printable Rapunzel
♖Rubric
♖Certificate of completion

Robin Hood aims for success
Help Robin Hood win the archery competition and pay his debts!
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page short story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable targets
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion
**Please note**
Because this activity involves shooting an "arrow" (which can be an unsharpened pencil or a cotton swab), please be sure that you can section off a safe shooting range. Large appliance boxes are excellent for this, as they contain the testing portion. Another option is to use it at the end of your school year and test out the bows at field day! I have successfully used this activity in a small classroom of kids in grades 1-3, but we had an advance discussion about safety precautions, as well as a one-archer-at-a-time policy.

A new bed for Goldilocks
Your students will help Baby Bear build Goldilocks a new bed of her own!
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page short story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable characters
→Follow up activity
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

A Book Stand for Beauty
Help Beauty by building her a book stand!
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Recording sheet
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

Hansel and Gretel Trap the Witch
Help the kids outsmart the witch and escape!
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable characters
→Measurement recording sheet
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

Jack's Golden Egg Delivery Service
Help Jack and the giant form a partnership and delivery service!
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page short story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable characters
→Drop test recording sheet
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

The Three Little Pigs STEM Activity - A New House for Wolf
Help build a new house for wolf.
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable wolf character
→Data Recording sheet
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

The Ugly Duckling STEM Activity - Swan Goes Home
Help the swan find his way home.
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable duckling characters
→Map skills activity (provided in color, black and white, and miles/km)
→Coloring pager
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

Three Billy Goats Gruff STEM Activity - Design a Troll-Proof Goat Bridge
Help the goats build a new bridge to avoid the troll.
→Instructions and sample images
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Printable goat and troll characters
→Data recording sheet
→Coloring pager
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

Breakfast for Eight (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
→Instructions and sample images
→Introductory pages for conditional statements (IF/THEN and IF/THEN/ELSE)
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
(This has a differentiated page - choose IF/THEN if your kids are new to programming or IF/THEN/ELSE if they are up for a challenge!)
→Printable characters
→Data recording sheet
→Coloring page
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion

Grandma's Secret Code (Little Red Riding Hood)
→Instructions and sample images
→Introduction to Morse Code and follow up activity
→8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process
→Data recording sheet
→Coloring pages
→Rubric
→Certificate of completion


*************************** 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)

»»»»»»»»»»ALL STEM Tales ««««««««««

Engineering Design Challenges
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.
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