My students LOVE doing STEM Challenges. We began the year working on Fairy Tale Challenges from THIS resource, and it was a big hit!
Now, we have added more fun by adding SEASONAL STEM projects!
The first ones we tried were all about Santa!
Each challenge is introduced with a partner play. This means we can integrate some literacy skills into the lessons. I have found that using partner plays give the STEM challenges context, and makes the building task much more authentic to students!
They are engaged and invested in helping Santa and Rudolph! Here is an example of what they look like:
The end of each partner play sets up a STEM challenge, such as helping Santa get down from a rooftop, designing new shoes for annoyed elves, or helping Santa find your house!
What are the STEM challenges? They are all fun and silly, and really engage students’ imagination!
Here’s a list of the STEM challenges we are doing.
The BONUS project in the list above – “Stranded Santa” – is available for free!
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If you’d like to see the Fairy Tale STEM challenges I mentioned at the top of this page, you can click HERE to see the photos and read how other teachers have used these resources.