Simple STEM Challenge | Paper Airplane Challenge

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Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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I took a paper plane making problem and turned it into an assignment they loved using your resource. Thanks!
My students loved this activity. The links available for the different types of planes was wonderful! I will be using this every year!
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  1. This Simple STEM and STEAM Challenge BUNDLE includes 4 Simple STEM Challenges. All are great for team building and introducing students to the engineering design process. These Challenges are SIMPLE because they can be completed in less than an hour and uses materials you already have in your class
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This Simple STEM Challenge is great for team building, introducing students to the engineering design process, and a simple, fun STEM Challenge. This Challenge is SIMPLE because it can be completed in less than an hour and uses materials you already have in your classroom.

In my classroom, we do A LOT of cooperative learning and this is a fun, simple, and engaging way to get them started!

This Paper Airplane STEM Challenge includes:

  • Teacher Directions
  • STEM Challenge slides to project or print
  • STEM Challenge Journal booklet for your students
  • 20-point Rubric

This Challenge follows the Engineering Design Process cycle of Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. It also includes a reflection activity or discussion at the end of the challenge. (An optional Research step is also included with this challenge).

If you like this STEM Challenge, check out my other STEM resources!

Simple STEM Challenge | Paper Chain Challenge
Simple STEM Challenge | Paper Column Challenge
ABC's of STEM - STEM / STEAM Alphabet Posters
Engineering Design Process Posters - STEM and STEAM


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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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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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