STEM Design Challenges are fun, engaging activities that stimulate problem-solving and critical thinking for students, grades 2-8. (Paid product comes with modifications to add or decrease rigor for younger/older students.)
NEPA Odyssey of the Mind - Spontaneous Problems Galore Lots of problem solving games - great for critical thinking skill building and team building also (Click on verbal. hands-on or verbal/hands-on for actual problems)
Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge: -Focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and application of learning-High levels of student engagement-The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)-Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.
Make a boat using some or all of these materials. How many marbles can it hold? Reshape it so it will hold more marbles. Which materials were the most effective? Which materials were the least effective?
This gingerbread STEM challenge is perfect for young engineers working together or alone in centers this Christmas. A great addition to your unit on gingerbread this December. This resource uses the engineering design process to use critical thinking to solve problems all winter. Your kids will have fun building a boat, a bridge and a hideout for the gingerbread man. Each challenge has a bonus challenge to help differentiate. Make this holiday season fun with hands on STEM activities.