STEM Design Challenges



Engineering Design Loop   
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The Write Tools
     Intro Activity - design a name tag

General STEM Challenges
The following challenges are written for K-5 use.  The challenge can be done as the "general" challenge or you can use the differentiated version for your grade level.  All levels (general and K-5) are included in the file.
    The Art Exhibit

    Get the Table Ready       
              SMART Notebook          Student Pages PDF  WORD  (more appropriate for upper grades but can be modified)

ELA Unit 1
Back-to-School Design Challenge
     Text Connection:  Any Back to School Book of Teacher's Choice
     *This challenge is intended to introduce the Engineering Design Loop process

The Mitten Challenge
     Text Connection:  The Mitten by Jan Brett

REACH STEM Enrichment Lesson:   Lights On...Lights Off      Examples of Products

ELA Unit 2
Wagons Ho
     Text Connection:  Cowboys and Cowgirls, Yippee-Yay  by Gail Gibbons and/or Cowboys by Lucille Penner 

Princess and the Pea
     Text Connection:  The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson

ELA Unit 3
Skywalker Support
     Text Connections:  Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test by Carol A Johmann and Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
     Bridge Basics Info Sheet                    In My Opinion... Opinion Writing about Bridges

Charlottes' Feast
     Text Connection: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Ahmed's Delivery
     Text Connection:  Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide & Judity Heide Gilliland

ELA Unit 4
Freedom Raft
     Text Connection:  Friend on Freedom River by Gloria Whelan

Packing For Freedom
     Text Connection:  Moses by Carole Weatherford

ELA Unit 5
Shelter from the Storm
     Text Connection:  Houses and Homes  by Ann Morris
Monkey Business
     Text Connection:  Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

ELA Unit 6
Tall Tower     
Marshmallow challenge
     Text Connection:  The Skeleton Inside You  by Phillip Balestrino
     * Both challenges provide similar experiences with different materials and constraints

Online STEM Resources  list of resources found online