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STEM Engineering Challenges, Balloon Car, Flashlight, Ping Pong Ball Launcher and More

STEM Engineering Activities for Kids

If you are looking for STEM engineering challenges to engage students, you will love these sets of STEM activities that use all types of household materials.  STEM engineering tasks are not just about engaging the students in a fun activity, the teacher needs to reach inside and help students identify the science, engineering, mathematical, or technology application. Great for STEM Specialities,  STEM Pull-out programs, Science Camp, and Afterschool Stem Programs.

Make a Balloon Car STEM Challenge

Build a Balloon Car
In this challenge, students make a car that they will power with a balloon.
STEM Challenges

It is also okay to allow students to make mistakes and refine their thinking by trying again. 

STEM Engineering Activities
STEM and STEAM Challenges for Kids

Students learned quickly that they must create some type of wheel and axle system so that the wheel can spin freely. 

STEM Engineering Practices

In this example, the student discovered that the wheel moved freely, butter wooden wheels were quite heavy and created a lot of drag.

This group discovered if they raised the balloon, it went faster because there was less drag.
Students should be provided plenty of easy to find household materials…with a few special materials such as copper tape and lights for projects like this flashlight challenge. 
Making a flashlight for STEM
STEM Engineering for Elementary Students
I have done the planning for you in this STEM Challenge Bundle
These activities are great for STEM clubs, STEM After School Programs, STEM nights, Home Science, and Summer STEM activities

Make  Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher
STEM Challenge Tower
STEM Engineering with gumdrops and toothpicks
STEM Engineering Ping Pong Ball Lanucher

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Thank you, and I hope you enjoy using this unit in your classroom!

You will also love this resources from my friend Dawn Johnson at Hello Learning!

Scientific Method Activity | Paper Airplane Experiment

STEM Engineering Bundle NGSS 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3

Students will love these STEM Challenges!  Teachers will love that the materials are inexpensive and easy to find. These NGSS STEM activities will have students using design thinking and conducting fair tests for these engineering challenges. This bundle includes several STEM engineering resources from my store.

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