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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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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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    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

     
    Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

    Expedition Fourth

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

    Expedition Fourth

    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

     
    Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

    Heidi J

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

    Heidi J

    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

     
    Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

    Tina S

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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    2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

    Tina S

    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

     
    Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

    Richard S

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    5
    2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

    Richard S

    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

     
    Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

    Sharon M

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    5
    2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

    Sharon M

    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
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    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams