Spring STEM Challenge: Nice Nest

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Nice Nest is a STEM / STEAM lesson sure to engage and delight your students as a spring or Easter activity!

The basic premise:

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a nest that holds as many eggs as possible using predominantly toilet paper.


Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES™ instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.


Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- STEM Challenge How-to Video Links

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Link to video walk through of this challenge

Student Handouts

- Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W; editable)

- Design Analysis Handouts (editable; 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)

- Discussion Questions (editable; color and B&W)

Extension templates

- Process Flow Map

- Math Extension

- Bird Research Log (editable)

- Bird Idioms Log (editable)


This is one of five challenges available for a 40% discount in the Easter STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 bundle.

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

• Toilet Paper (1 roll each; the cheaper, the better)

• Plastic bowl or container (preferably with transparent sides)

• Plastic eggs (12 of various sizes or all one size)

– If a group creates a nest with greater capacity than 12 eggs, have groups buddy up for testing to share their eggs.

• Binder clips (4)

• Scissors

• Yarn (12 – 24 four-inch strips)

• Design analysis handouts (included)


– Tape

– Small cups and water to test rain resistance

– Sand or clay to weight the eggs for added difficulty


What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“LOVED it! So did the students!!!”

“The kids loved this activity! I will definitely be doing this again!”

“This was great! Students learned a lot and so easy for me to use!”

"We did this activity with our Pre-K buddies! It was the Pre-K students FIRST STEM CHALLENGE and they loved it SO MUCH! They were so proud of their accomplishments! I was so proud of my 5th graders! They did such a great job!”


Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!


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Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
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.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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