STEM activities! Are you looking to incorporate more STEM learning into your classroom? I have created this resource to get you started! These are wonderful for team-building and can be used with a wide grade range. I will be listing these resources separately soon, so please check back if you are looking for just one part.
ALL resources come in both STEM and STEAM labels as well as images appropriate for both primary and secondary classrooms. These can even be used as ice breakers / team building activities for your colleagues!
For the Teacher
Photos of STEM challenge designs
Tips for success
STEM Bulletin Board / Wall Posters Display
→ Posters for each letter in STEAM
→ The 4 Cs Posters
→ Posters for your door
STEM Journal Pages: can be used with any STEM challenge.
→ Standard Journal (8 pages)
→ Paper Saver Journal (2 pages)
→ Interactive Notebook / Lapbook Version (6 pages)
→ STEM Challenge Station poster
→ 50 standard STEM challenges
→ 10 "Einstein" challenges (most difficult)
→ Recording Sheet
→ Letter to parents & caregivers requesting materials
Will I need to spend a lot of money on supplies?
You don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started! Please view the preview to get a better idea of everything you'll need. You probably have most of the supplies in your classroom already, or in your recycle bin!
I've never done STEM challenges before. What can I expect?
I've got you covered! There are notes and photos in the pack, and I have written several blog posts to get you started, two of which you can find here and here. The journal pages lead you through the engineering design process step by step.
How can I differentiate STEM challenges in my classroom? I teach various grade levels.
The easiest way to differentiate STEM design challenges is by varying the available materials. For example, for a tower challenge:
Easy to more difficult materials:
Easy==> building blocks or bricks, or plastic cups
Harder ==> spaghetti and marshmallows, or only pipe cleaners
Expert ==> straws and paperclips (insert doubled-up paperclips into ends of straws to connect them), or only paper & tape
*You can also use these ideas as stations for your students to progress through all building challenges.
I don't have time to do this as a group activity in my classroom. Can I still use this resource?
Yes! With STEM sticks, you can set up an independent learning center for your early finishers or when you do stations. Provide the materials, STEM sticks, and recording sheets, and the students can work on these challenges independently, either alone or in small teams.
As a former engineer and current homeschooling parent, I love creating fun and practical-life math units as well as hands-on math and science experiments! You can read about some of the experiments and activities we've done on my momgineer blog, or like my Facebook page for updates. I have two very curious home learners that keep me on my toes constantly creating new activities and games, as this is how they best learn. I primarily create these materials for them for our homeschool classroom, but I have also created units for other homeschooling families.