Saving Sam: A Team-Building Activity
In these early weeks of school, it's so important to enforce the idea of teamwork among your classroom. I feel that if you have a classroom that functions as a community, everything runs more smoothly. My teacher and I discussed the importance of team-building exercises among the students this week. She told me that she loves to incorporate them into the classroom and that they usually produce wonderful results! I was more than excited to see it with my own eyes. For our team-building…
Turn a Cardboard Box into an Epic Marble Run - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
Use cardboard, craft sticks, and hot glue to create an epic marble run! The marbles land in paper cups at the bottom of the track. This is a fantastic engineering challenge for kids. How should we position the sticks? Which path will the marbles take? How many will land in each cup? As always, make […]
Marshmallow Challenge Handout
This FREEBIE includes a color and black and white handout to provide to teams of students engaging in the Marshmallow Challenge activity. This activity is great to use as an icebreaker or to engage students in critical thinking, cooperative learning, and innovative thinking. It can also be used to r...
Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make
You know what STEM is right? Science, technology, engineering and math. These are skills that kids really need to have a nice handle on- both boys and girls. We incorporate STEM into our homeschool…
Engineering Challenge: Can YOU Make a Pringles Ring?? -
Can YOU successfully build a Pringles Ring? Try it with this STEM challenge. It's perfect for kids and adults alike and only requires a can of Pringles!
STEM Challenge Easy Bridges with Straws
STEM Challenge: Using only two materials kids build one of four kinds of bridges! These turn out so well! Check this blog post for more!
How to Build a Straw Tower: Homeschool STEM Project
Using only tape and straws, Sprite and I built a tower capable of holding a baseball! Here’s proof! This assignment from the Livingmath.net curriculum was not an easy project because there were no directions, just an assignment — build a
Solar Ovens Just Need is Sunshine and Chocolate! - Teachers are Terrific
STEM Challenges for elementary students! Students will experiment with heat-resistant materials and then use their test results to design the best oven possible. This is so exciting as they troop outside to test the materials, record the temperatures of the ovens, & choose the materials to design the best oven. Finally, they put together a chocolate treat and use the sun to help cook the item. This STEM resource includes detailed teacher directions, photos, lab sheets, and rubrics.
4 Wonderful Things We Learned from Water Slides - Teachers are Terrific
Seasonal STEM Projects that can work all year! Here's a STEM challenge that kids will love all year long, but it also works perfectly for summer time! It's about Water Slides! Check this blog post for details!
Team Building for STEM Challenges - STEM Activities for Kids
How do you build community in your classroom? Have you tackled STEM Challenges yet? How do you prepare your students for the fabulous collaboration that can occur when they work in groups to solve a STEM problem? Stay tuned and I will give you a great idea! As many of you know I am a […]