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A STEM Challenge featuring a bucket has turned out to be one of our favorites and your students will love it, too! This challenge is to build a tower (although not a very tall one) that will hold weight. Students have the goal of suspending a
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
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By Teachers Are Terrific
This earthquake simulation activity has students building and shaking! This amazing challenge has turned out to be one of our favorites! Students must build a structure following strict rules and then test the stability of it by using a shake-tray.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
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The Index Card STEM Challenge is surprisingly challenging! It will give your students such a fantastic opportunity to think through the problems and solve them. The best part is that your prep includes one basic material and the kids take over from
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
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By Teachers Are Terrific
The Build a Boat STEM Challenge is a runaway hit with my students. They cheer when they see Boats on our agenda and your students will too! There is just something about building that boat and holding your breath to see if it will float (it will)
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
1,189
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By Teachers Are Terrific
It’s the Popcorn STEM Challenge! This is one of my absolute favorites to use as an exploration into volume. Second and third graders, especially, will enjoy this as they design those containers to hold the popcorn. Inevitably, there will be gigantic
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
683
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Basketball Goals! The most fun challenge ever in the STEM lab! This challenge is perfect for fall sports but don't forget the great basketball tournament in March! Your students will love competing in this Basketball STEM Challenge!Note: This
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
146
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Are you ready for a Ferris Wheel STEM challenge? Here’s the second challenge of a summer fun series to get ready for back to school time. Kids love this challenge no matter what time of year it is! Note: This challenge is available in money-saving
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
254
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Who knew a STEM Challenge using spaghetti could be so engaging? Kids love this one! It's a tower building event using the unlikeliest of materials- spaghetti and one marshmallow. Just how tall and skinny can you make this tower and still support the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
425
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Kids love mazes! This activity is one my students look forward to and ask to complete! When they see mazes listed on our agenda they instantly start sketching ideas for the pathways and dead ends. They love testing their mazes and trading with other
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
455
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Do you love roller coasters? Kids do! This STEM activity is a roller coaster experience. Students have specific supplies and must design and construct a roller coaster model. They must work together and complete the challenge within a time limit. It
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
492
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By Teachers Are Terrific
If you are ready for a highly engaging STEM project, this Airplane Challenge is for you! You know kids love to throw paper airplanes so take advantage of that energy with this STEM activity! Students will experiment and use test results to design
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Projects, Printables
$4.50
402
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Our STEM Challenge about Building a Bridge (with marshmallows) has been a kid-favorite for several years. Kids love the simple materials and the task of making this one work. The bridges are not very long but will test the patience and diligence of
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.25
551
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If you are ready for an entire year's worth of STEM Challenges this set is the perfect choice. This collection of student-tested STEM Challenges for elementary students is jam-packed full of so many projects- 60 to be exact. This is all you will
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
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This is another STEM challenge that features experimenting first and then designing using the experiment data to make decisions! This one is a spectacular event that will have kids measuring liquids, analyzing data, and then building a barrier to
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.25
207
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By Teachers Are Terrific
It’s time for a STEM Challenge with Newton’s Laws of Motion! Students will love this car “racing” challenge and the learning will amaze you! Your students will love seeing the balloon cars race each other or simply spin in circles!This challenge is
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
185
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Do your students struggle to understand Newton's Laws of Motion? Here’s a set of three challenges that all involve those laws! Students will be involved in total hands-on learning as they tackle the second and third laws specifically and designing
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
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$7.75
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Towers are the best! Kids love to build and stack items to create the tallest possible tower. With this tower challenge, they also have to be diligent in maintaining a solid base and must constantly rethink the task. This is one of our
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
472
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By Teachers Are Terrific
My STEM students cheered when they found out we were building a Newton's Cradle! They loved learning about this Law of Motion and creating their own model to demonstrate it! Your students will love this STEM Challenge, too!!Note: This challenge is
Subjects:
Measurement, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
256
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Chemical and physical changes are such a great exploration in the classroom! Let's make this easy for you and exciting for your elementary students! This is an amazing set of tasks for learning about physical and chemical changes! This idea takes
Subjects:
General Science, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Graphic Organizers, Task Cards
$4.50
345
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Splash! It’s time for a water slide challenge! Here’s the first challenge of a summer fun STEM series to get through those summer months or summer camps. But, these challenges work all year round!Note: This challenge is available in money-saving
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
319
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 30+ years! This includes the regular classroom and a specialist position. Grades I have taught:

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5
  • Grades 1-2 STEM
  • Grades 3-5 STEM

MY TEACHING STYLE

I think we learn best by trying something and learning from mistakes.

  • Hands-On
  • No Fear of Failure
  • Learn by Doing

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

A shining moment in my teaching career was moving from a third-grade classroom (after 20 years) to the STEM Lab. I loved third grade but the adventure of a STEM Lab has been terrific! Over 30 years in education now!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Masters Degree in Elementary Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

"If anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, just remember there is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle". And he probably would have been an excellent student in a STEM Lab!

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