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Space STEM Starter Challenges MEGA Bundle: Elementary Grades

Vivify STEM
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K - 5th, Homeschool
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    Need space STEM activities? Are you looking for Moon-themed activities to celebrate the Apollo anniversary?

    Launch your students into STEM with these space-themed STEM challenges that incorporate the engineering design process. This GROWING mega bundle is jam-packed for space STEM challenges for the entire year! Plus: each activity includes real-world space current events and STEM career connections!

    This bundle is perfect for elementary classrooms (grades K - 5) looking for Mars or Moon themed challenges!

    20% off individual products!

    1. Mission to Mars STEM Curriculum: A complete STEM curriculum that follows a Mars storyline. Students become a team of astronauts challenged to complete 10 missions centered around a Journey to Mars. Each mission, students will read a message from Astronaut Alex, who will introduce the activity, provide background context, and connect to a STEM career. Students will then engage in hands-on activities centered around the engineering design process.
    2. Mission to Moon STEM Curriculum: A lunar-themed version of the STEM curriculum.
    3. Astronaut Boot STEM Challenge: Student teams build astronaut boots using the Engineering Design Process to protect astronauts traveling to the Moon or Mars.
    4. Space Lander STEM Design Challenge: Student teams build a lander using the Engineering Design Process to keep two "astronauts" inside a cup as it is dropped from various heights. Includes printed and digital versions plus an instructional video.
    5. Plants in Space STEM Design Challenge: Students will learn about what plants need to survive and then build a mini greenhouse. Students are then tasked to use the engineering design process to design and build a device to support their greenhouse.  Includes printed and digital versions plus an instructional video.
    6. Zipline STEM Design Challenge: Using the engineering design process, student teams are tasked with designing a vehicle to carry a hurt astronaut down a zip line!
    7. Crater Catapults and Moon Science STEM Activities: Starting with a study of space rocks, the lunar surface, and craters, students then build a catapult to launch “research equipment” into craters.
    8. Balloon Rocket Design Challenge: Students design balloon rockets to pop a balloon taped to the wall.
    9. Straw Rocket Design Challenge: This STEM challenge pack includes a paper straw rocket activity, straw rocket engineering design challenge using a Pitsco launcher, student handouts, and extension problems on variable testing and test result comparison.
    10. Ultraviolet Solar Light Shelter STEM Challenge: Using UV sensitive beads, students explore how different materials absorb UV light and use the engineering design process to build a UV safe shelter.
    11. Mars Soil Testing STEM Mission: Challenge your students with the mission of determining which given soil sample is from Mars.
    12. Kepler's Law of Planetary Motion: Demonstrate Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion with four engaging activities delivering a learning experience that is sure to grab the attention of all types of learners.
    13. Save the Earth STEM Activity: Students use critical thinking and creativity to come up with ideas to stop an impending asteroid collision.
    14. Lunar Crater Challenge: Students use the engineering design process and explore the forces of motion to place a ball in a cup at the center of a 6 foot diameter circle without entering the circle.
    15. Harvest Moon Science: Learn about the phases of the moon using a handout designed to illustrate the moon phases using Oreos. Then discover the natural phenomenon of the "Harvest Moon" that occurs near the autumn equinox.
    16. Moon Rover STEM Challenge: NASA needs your help! Your mission is to use the engineering design process to design and build a rover to transport rock samples on the Moon.
    17. Building Bricks STEM Moon Base Engineering Design: Your students are planetary geologists on a mission to study the Moon. But how do they survive in that harsh environment? They must use the engineering design process to solve a problem from one of the 30 included challenge cards. Students are first tasked with constructing a lunar landscape (either using building bricks or paper) before using building bricks to build their design solutions.
    18. Moon Tower Challenge: Build a tower to hold up a welcome sign that includes an LED light that must be turned on with a switch on the ground (powered by a solar panel or coin cell battery).

    Math, science, and engineering topics covered in this space-themed STEM mega bundle pack:

    • Forces & motion
    • Space Sciences
    • Rocketry
    • Newton's Third Law
    • Engineering Design Process
    • Angles
    • Variables & Testing
    • Moon phases
    • Planets
    • Solar Energy
    • Kepler Laws
    • Geometry

    Activities include:

    • Detailed educator guide with links to resources
    • Handouts on STEM career and real-world connections
    • Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process
    • Science extension activities


    Bring Space Club to your school! If you are interested in a space-themed curriculum, check out our Space Club missions that connect students from around the world! In partnership with NASA, Vivify STEM runs semester-long space missions that include engineering design challenges, weekly career chats, a live leaderboard,

    career chats with astronauts and engineers, and a chance to win robots and telescopes! From afterschool clubs to STEM classes, teachers can implement Space Club either in-person or through distance learning. Click here to register or apply for a grant.

    Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

    About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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