Looking for some Valentine’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? Valentine’s STEM Challenges (or STEAM Challenges) engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun!
The basic premise:
Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Valentine’s Day themed objects. Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for students in grades 2 - 8.
There are five -- or eight -- STEM design challenge events included in this bundle, depending on how you look at it:
*Flower Frenzy is contains four flower mini-challenges:
– Floating Flowers
– Fluff & Flatten Flowers
– Functional Flowers
– Firmly Fixed Flowers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NOTE: You can save even more by purchasing this bundle as part of the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE!!!
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 (TM) 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.
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Materials lists can be found in the product descriptions for each individual challenge linked above.
• Overall STEM Tips
- Suggestions on timing whether or not to treat these challenges as competitions
- What to say (and what not to say) during STEM Challenges
- 5-event Data Tracker handout
Plus, each challenge comes with:
• NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
• Teacher Tips
- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Universal STEM Challenge Tips/how to use the handouts
- Video walk-throughs for each challenge
• Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions
• Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension
- Plus other design-specific handouts (see each individual challenge product description page for more details)
What are teachers saying about this bundle?
“Love this! Super creative, fun, & great for critical thinking. Nice ideas for including other subject areas too. Thanks!”
“Love! Well laid out. Enough wiggle room to adapt to different age groups.”
"As usual this seller does not disappoint! My Gifted & talented groups absolutely love her STEM projects as we have done numerous ones I purchased this year from her! So well organized, so well thought out and the extensions are awesome! I also love the videos I can really see how it will all play out when I do the STEM with my students. Thank you so much! I am buying the St Patrick's bundle today!!"
“Loved these! We had different ones going on all at once and the kids loved it!”
“We used this as a Valentine's Party alternative! The students loved it!”
The downloadable preview shows a few thumbnail images from each challenge. To learn more about what is included with each challenge, click on the challenge link above and download the preview from that product page. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
Benefits of STEM Design Challenges:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.
Each design iteration should be planned for at least 60 min. Again, I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
You might also like these products: