Water Bottle Flipping End of the Year STEM Challenges

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1st - 5th, Homeschool
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Integrate STEM in Your Classroom at the End of the School Year!

Make learning fun with this water bottle flipping STEM challenge students love! There are three challenges included. Super fun activity for the End of the Year!

Students will investigate which water level, bottle size, and bottle style is the best for water bottle flipping.

The STEM Process:

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM Teachers, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom! This activity is an excellent STEM Center or as a whole classroom experience!

Aligns with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

What teachers are saying about Water Bottle Flip STEM Challenges!

"So much fun! I used them at the end of last year and the first day of this year my new students asked if they could do it." - Kayla L.

"I used this lesson as an enrichment opportunity students had to earn. It was really motivating because they always want to flip their milk cartons at breakfast and I wont allow it but now they had a chance to flip something without getting in trouble. They really enjoy it and because they were engaged we got deep into the scientific method. I highly recommend this product." - Keely H.

"My students loved doing this experiment! I like the fact that there is more than one version of the experiment so we can do this again later." - Gail L.

"This was a high-quality end of the year STEM activity for rambunctious fourth graders. it kept them engaged and filled up that awkward time after testing and after packing up the room."

"My 5th graders are obsessed with flipping their water bottles so why not make it educational! They actually didn't mind that I made it educational and became very competitive. Fun way to learn hands on !' - Colleen R.

"I must admit I considered this last year and hesitated, fearing it could trigger a classroom behavior control issue. I am thrilled to report all students on task, completely engaged and actively discussing results that led to further questioning and possible future investigations. One of the best activities I have done!" - Lizabeth L.


  • Teacher with example photos
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Planning Pages
  • Student Reflection Pages
  • NGSS Standards

Material List:

  • Different sizes and styles of water bottles

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Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to

change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

3-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to

provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.


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