Engineering Challenges

I have been working on developing STEM Engineering Challenges for my school!  So far, I have over 50 of them created!  They are meant to be open-ended exploration activities for STEM programs.  These engineering challenges can add depth to a traditional science program as well.  You can purchase these as singular packs, in ten packs, or in theme packs.  I am using most of the proceeds from sale of these challenges to fund the STEM program in my school by buying resources, setting up kits, etc.  My school is in a large, urban district and there is no money for anything anymore!

I am currently looking for some new ideas for STEM challenges.  Please leave a comment with your idea (it can be short and to the point ~ like building a pyramid with paper) and your email.  If I choose to format your idea into a STEM challenge, I will send you the challenge for FREE!

Here is a sample of one of my newest ones!  Click here for the link to the product!








I look forward to hearing your ideas!  This offer is open indefinitely!


22 comments :

  1. How about creating a building to withstand a simulated earthquake! Maybe using toothpicks, wooden blocks, straws...

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  2. Great idea! Can you email me and I will send it to you when it is finished today? indiansprings18@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi,
    I am searching for ideas that relate to solar power for students around Grade 3 age. Have you any? I have purchased some of yours....did the Popsicle Dam Challenge and the students did such a great job....planning to use some related to the Titanic later in April. Check out their work at sherry-matheson.blogspot.com

    Let me know what you have developed for Solar energy....or maybe it's a new idea that you can create.
    Thanks...
    sherrymatheson@gmail.com

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  4. Hey there! Great idea to use solar energy with STEM challenges! I just emailed you the pack I came up with tonight!

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    1. I would love a copy of the solar energy challenge. I usually have my students construct a solar oven to see which one can get the hottest. They record the temperature then we talk about the dimensions of the box, etc. But I would LOVE to hear your idea...I have been browsing through your blog and LOVE all the ideas. Next year will be the first year I teach a STEM class and I am so excited!

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    2. Hi there, thanks for all your great ideas! I am also very interested in the solar energy challenge. Could you please send me a copy also? Thank you!

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    3. I would love a copy as well!
      Browng@springfieldpublicschools.com
      Thanks!

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  5. One STEM challenge I like to use with my students is building bridges out of Popsicle sticks and glue. They spend some time researching bridge structure and build their bridge. Then using weights see how much each one can hold before it breaks. There is a set number of Popsicle sticks they can use and given a certain amount of glue.

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  6. Love that idea! Kids can really do amazing things with very cheap and easy to find items!

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  7. I use The Invention of Hugo Cabret to have my 3rd grade students create silent movies and also automatons from recycled materials.

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    1. I have just found out I will be doing Lego Robotics as part of our STEAM program at school. We will be trained formally in a few weeks for STEAM and I have a teacher's manual for the robotics. I am interested in all the wonderful things going on in your STEM classes...especially the silent movies!

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    2. Our sixth grade teachers use STEM teaching but they are the only ones in our school. These activities are a great way to introduce STEM teaching to other grades. Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

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    3. Hi Susie, can you please share what book you are using with robotics and any resources that you'd recommend? Thanks in advance :)

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  8. I love that book! That is a great idea to connect the book to such great engineering projects!

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  9. Wow What great ideas, can I have them sent to me at mrmcclean at gmail.com

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  10. Hello! I have an engineering challenge I use with my 6th and 7th grade students. Their task is to design and build a water filter to clean dirty water. They can "buy" the following materials from me: sand, pebbles, cheesecloth, cotton balls, and screen. They build their filter inside the top half of a 2-liter bottle, and are scored based on time, effectiveness, and cost. I have a lab write-up, but would love to see your creative touch on it!

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  11. Some of the engineering based challenges I use are:
    1. Build the tallest tower possible using Cuisenaire rods. Must use at least one of every colour.
    2. Strongest tower using only cardboard, straws and tape. (I can send a copy if you like)
    3. Strongest bridge using only artstraws, glue and tape
    4. Build a water filter
    5. Cartesian diver game

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  12. I am new at trying to incorporate STEM or STEAM Challenges in my science classes. I teach 5th, 6th, and 8th grade science classes. I have purchased a few of your challenges. I would appreciate any help on ideas or even great workshops to attend. Thanks.

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  13. Hi there! I incorporate STEM ideas throughout the day. We do a STEM challenge every Friday. I am not sure about any workshops, but the more you use the challenges, the better your kids will get at doing them and thinking to solve problems and working as a team. We also do monthly challenges (they are more long term). You may want to try the Pumpkin Monthly Challenge in each group!

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  14. Thank you for your help. I bought the Tall Tales set and we are doing the Johnny Appleseed raft today. I am doing it with all the classes I teach. I try to do a STEM challenge every Friday. I will look into the Pumpkin Monthly Challenge. Again, thank you so much.

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  15. Would love to see something for weather resistant structures - Like blizzards, high winds, floods etc.. Leave it open ended so the structure could be a house, a tree fort, a garbage can etc.. - Testable with fans and/or water - Thanks!

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  16. I loved the Stem breaks where you put them all together. The touchable bubbles etc. But I can not find the directions for them. Where do I locate the directions. Great job. Thanks

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