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This product features four summer-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!What’s Included? Four Challenges for End of Year Fun!:Daring DiveStore It in the ShadeLifeguard LookoutHammock HangoutEach Challenge Includes:Teacher Notes with supply
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$12.00
$8.00
Bundle
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Summer bundle. The Summer Seasonal STEM product features four summer-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Invite your learners to create a comfortable hammock hangout to enjoy the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (2.61 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Summer bundle. The Summer Seasonal STEM product features four summer-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Challenge your students to design a chair that can help the lifeguard
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (4.56 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Summer bundle. The Summer Seasonal STEM product features four summer-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Task students with designing a beach tent that can keep all of the gear
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (5.37 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Summer bundle. The Summer Seasonal STEM product features four summer-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Challenge students to build a diving board that extends as far over the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.06 MB)
By Playful STEM
Creativity Jump Starts are inviting and accessible tasks designed to spark creative thinking in just 5-10 minutes. They are perfect for transitions, morning work, or as warm-up activities for STEM Challenges.To learn more about Creativity Jump
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (10.64 MB)
By Playful STEM
This product features four spring-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!What’s Included?Four Challenges to Keep Your Students Busy All Spring:Golden Getaway (St. Patrick’s Day)Wind-Resistant TowerDaisy ChainTake It to the Nest Level Each
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$12.00
$8.00
Bundle
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Spring Bundle. The Seasonal STEM product features four spring-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: It’s an egg drop – in reverse! In this STEM challenge, students must develop and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.53 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Spring Bundle. The Seasonal STEM product features four spring-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Spark critical thinking with this spring twist on paper chain creation! Students
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activboard Activities, Science Centers, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (4.02 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Spring Bundle. The Seasonal STEM product features four spring-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Challenge students to build a tall tower that can withstand strong winds! In
Subjects:
Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.49 MB)
By Playful STEM
Note: This product is part of my Seasonal STEM: Spring Bundle. The Seasonal STEM product features four spring-themed STEM challenges, bundled for savings!The Challenge: Everyone is always trying to trap the Leprechaun to steal the gold! In this
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (4.19 MB)
By Playful STEM
Code for the gold in this set of 7 winter sports themed-robotics challenges! These activities can work as standalone tasks or simultaneous stations and are designed for compatibility with nearly any programmable robots. Challenges are suitable for
Subjects:
Robotics, Winter, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$6.00
2
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By Playful STEM
Guide your students through the Think-Make-Improve Cycle with this STEM Challenge recording sheet! Suitable for any STEM task, these activity sheets will get your students brainstorming their ideas, describing their creations, and reflecting on ways
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
8th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Printables
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By Playful STEM
Create Your Own Recycled Marble Track is a six-part STEM challenge that includes lessons designed to get kids thinking, building, and reflecting as they create a marble track using a variety of materials.Scope: This challenge in this project can be
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Science, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.00
2
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By Playful STEM
Jazz up your STEM Lab, library, Makerspace, or creative classroom with these Creative Design Process Posters!The Think-Make-Improve process was (to my knowledge) crafted by Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez in Invent To Learn (2013). The model
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Engineering, Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
3
Digital Download ZIP (13.96 MB)
By Playful STEM
Get both of my Lego Robot resources in one money-saving download! If you have access to Lego robots, this bundle is all you need to get your students productively working together on creative problem-solving challenges.What's Included in the
Subjects:
Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
6
Digital Download ZIP (11.29 MB)
By Playful STEM
Get this product as part of my Lego Robotics bundle -- it features everything included here plus 20 task cards and a team scorecard to push your students to think creatively and problem solve while working with Lego robots! Check out the bundle
Subjects:
Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (2.98 MB)
By Playful STEM
Get this product as part of my Lego Robotics bundle -- it features everything included here plus a helpful team roles product that will help student teams divide the work and function more productively as they tackle these challenges. Check out the
Subjects:
Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
8
Digital Download PDF (8.35 MB)
By Playful STEM
Spark your students' curiosity with this mini booklet designed to capture their wonders about the world around them!This product works especially well as a jumping off point for authentic research projects grounded in questions that are meaningful
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
Digital Download PDF (9.35 MB)
By Playful STEM
Click preview for a freebie product sample featuring one of the challenges: Ghost Tower!These fall and Halloween-themed STEM challenges are designed to engage and challenge the youngest engineers. I created them with my Pre-K and K students in mind,
Subjects:
Science, Autumn, Engineering
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Science Centers, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
4
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Since 2018, I have been a Pre-K to 8th grade STEM teacher at a rural public school in Maine. Previously, I've been a second grade teacher, worked with high school and adult learners, and facilitated a variety of after-school STEM and technology clubs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that STEM learning should be playful, joyful, and creative. I love to present my students with open-ended design prompts and see where their ideas lead them. The learning in my classroom is often loud and messy, but we also experience the thrill of engaging in hard fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

MIT Science & Engineering Program for Teachers - Class of 2020

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Colby College and completed my M.Ed in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Access my teaching blog and website at Playful STEM. Find me on Instagram.

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