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STEM Tasks - Maker Space Tasks

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Are you looking to incorporate more STEM learning into your classroom? Try STEM sticks! Use these sticks like STEM task cards in your Maker Space, math block rotation, for early finishers, or at a STEM/STEAM station! There are over 50 STEM challenge prompts provided in this set.

This resource has both STEM and STEAM labels as well as images appropriate for both primary and secondary classrooms.

STEM sticks are included in the following BUNDLE, so please do not purchase both:
STEM Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

STEM sticks
STEM Challenge Station poster
50 standard STEM challenges
10 "Einstein" challenges (most difficult)
Recording Sheet
Letter to parents & caregivers requesting materials

Will I need to spend a lot of money on supplies?
You don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started! Please view the thumbnail image above to get a better idea of some items you might want to use. You probably have most of the supplies in your classroom already, or in your recycle bin!

I've never done STEM challenges before. What can I expect?
I've got you covered! I have written several blog posts to get you started, two of which you can find here (which includes a free sample of STEM sticks) and here.

How can I differentiate STEM challenges in my classroom? I teach various grade levels.
The easiest way to differentiate STEM design challenges is by varying the available materials. For example, for a tower challenge:
Easy to more difficult materials:
Easy==> building blocks or bricks, or plastic cups
Harder ==> spaghetti and marshmallows, or only pipe cleaners
Expert ==> straws and paperclips (insert doubled-up paperclips into ends of straws to connect them), or only paper & tape
*You can also use these ideas as stations for your students to progress through all building challenges.
I don't have time to do this as a group activity in my classroom. Can I still use this resource?
Yes! With STEM sticks, you can set up an independent learning center for your early finishers or when you do stations. Provide the materials, STEM sticks, and recording sheets, and the students can work on these challenges independently, either alone or in small teams.

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Engineering Design Process Posters
Engineering Discipline Posters
Engineering Posters BUNDLE
10 STEM Challenges You Can do Today

Engineering Design Challenges (initial purchase)
Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device
Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Power Transmission Tower
Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope
Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship

Engineering Design Challenge ADD ON PACKS (subsequent purchase)
Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device ADD ON PACK
Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Transmission Tower ADD ON PACK
Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope ADD ON PACK
Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship ADD ON PACK

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