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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cupid's Quiver

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Looking for Valentine’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? This Valentine’s STEM Challenge (or STEAM Challenge) will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:

In groups, students will design and build a bow & arrow set for Cupid’s Valentine’s Day target practice. (Designing the quiver is optional.)

– Option: if you find bow & arrow design too difficult, modify the challenge to make throwing darts instead.

– Students will aim for high scores as they take three shots each at a Valentine’s themed target. Final scores are taken as the sum or average of their personal and/or team results.


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.


Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges

- Materials and timing

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

- Measuring results

- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Handouts

- Criteria and Constraints list (editable versions in color and black & white provided)

- Recording Results (2 options: sum or average scores; editable)

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

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

- Cupid's Target (Nine 8.5 x 11 inch pages in landscape format -- in color and black & white versions -- for you to print and arrange)

Extension templates

- Cause & Effect Notes (editable)

- Cause & Effect Practice (3 versions; editable)

- Process Flow Map

- Math Extension


This is one of five challenges available in the Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge bundle at a 40% discount!

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


Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

– Straws (5 – 10)

– Cotton balls or sponge pieces (5)

– Water colors or tempera paint (small cup per team)

• Groups dip arrowheads in the “love potion” before taking aim. If the whole class uses one target, each groups needs a different color paint.

– Pipe cleaners (5)

– Craft sticks (3 - 5)

– Tape (24 in.)

– String (24 in.)

– Rubber bands (5 - 10)

– Scissors

– Target prints (one per class or group)

– Record results & analysis handouts


• Unsharpened pencils

• Plastic knives

• Feathers


Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- 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 ~60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.


What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“My sixth graders LOVED this STEM challenge. I really appreciated the data collection pages and precise directions that were included. The videos linked to the product were also very helpful.”

“Students loved it! Easy to use with our STEM buddies in K & 1!”

“You could definitely do this for a whole afternoon, or over a few days. My fifth graders loved it! I chose to take the whole afternoon so we could design, build, get in all the trials, revise our designs, and try again. Very engaging!”

“This was a wonderful activity. All students were engaged and excited. You broke it up and made it easy for teachers to understand each step.”


You might also like these resources:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):


Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Late Winter STEM Bundle

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


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


Video preview music credit:

"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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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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