If this is your first foray into STEM you are in for a treat. These challenges are easy to set up, great fun, and oh-so-loved! These are sure-fire winners- not to be missed!
These 5 challenges are
- all just loads of fun
- have easy materials and easy prep
- great for lots of age groups
- fabulous for spring and summer (and well, really, anytime!)
Try these soon!
The Popcorn Challenge
Oh. My. Goodness! I love this one. Kids build a container for a specific amount of popcorn. I have written about this one several times because it's one of my favorites! You can use a little picture book about popcorn with it or just do the challenge!
One page of the book tells about popcorn being found in a cave and that's the part I share with students:
It's all about the kids' perception of volume and, let me just tell you, their idea of the volume of a container and what they actually need is vastly DIFFERENT! It's a great lesson!
For your convenience, the book is linked to Amazon using my affiliate link- which provides me with a small compensation in exchange or your purchase!
The Bubble Challenge
This is a fantastic challenge for spring and summer. You can do a lot of the challenge outdoors if your weather is cooperating. I always complete it indoors! First, kids explore with bubble solution and then they use an array of materials to build their own bubble wand! Kids love this one! It's perfect for younger kids!
It's all about that egg!
You will love this challenge! It uses two materials! Seriously- just TWO! It has absolutely zero prep. Just lay the stuff out and get going. I use plastic eggs filled with pennies and if the kids have a successful tower we replace the plastic egg with a real one. Oops, that makes it have three materials cause you need eggs, too! Anyway, it is quite challenging and then has the added bonus of cracking some eggs! Which by the way, kids love to do!
A real-life challenge!
This is a rescue challenge with a great background story. Kids have to build a container to drop cargo from varying heights. The cargo is fragile and cannot move at all. It is quite challenging but is worth the time. I would do this with 4th-6th graders! My fourth graders loved it, especially the testing part!
Easiest prep ever!
This one is super simple and really does have two materials. Kids try to build a tower out of something that is very flimsy, so they have to devise ways to make it more sturdy. The towers can get amazingly tall! I have used this with third graders, but I know my older students would love it too. It would be perfect for a rainy afternoon!
Alright STEM Friends! This concludes my mini-series on STEM challenges for you to tackle. This post was all about easy prep and easy materials.
Here are links to the other two posts: