STEM Challenge Stories


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25 STEM Challenges at your fingertips!

This “STEM and Story” resource includes 25 STEM challenges with storybook suggestions that can be used in whole group, small group, or center activities. Included are classroom posters, teacher guides, and student resources that will keep students engaged and actively participating in each STEM challenge.

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What’s Inside This Resource:

  • 25 STEM Challenges (you’re set for the year with 2-3 challenges each month)
  • 25 Teacher Guides
  • 25 STEM Challenge Student Book
  • 25 STEM Challenge Guides
  • 25 STEM Challenge Cards
  • Design Process Poster
  • Design Process Steps Posters
  • Question Cards (Ask)
  • Inspiration Cards (Imagine)
  • Checklist Poster (Plan)
  • Question Cards (Improve)
  • Description Cards (Present)

Why Choose This Resource:

  • Low Prep: Print, grab your materials, and go.
  • Be a Facilitator: Watch your scholars bloom as they take ownership of their learning.
  • Higher-Level Thinking: Students will use the processes of design, build, test, troubleshoot, retest, reflect, and discuss.
  • Uses Popular Literature: Pair science challenges with book favorites, such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Dot, and The Runaway Pumpkin.
  • Connect STEM to Literacy: The perfect opportunity to use literature to inspire STEM. Connects literature to math and science activities.
  • Encourages Growth Mindset: The challenges encourage a growth mindset, creative thinking, and inspire students to learn from their successes and their struggles.
  • Encourages the Design Process: Familiarizes students with the steps of the design process that can later be applied to future projects. Design Process posters provide clear visuals for reference.
  • Inspires Teamwork: Encourages students to work together, share ideas and use collaborative problem-solving.
  • Encourages Speaking and Listening Skills: Students practice and build upon speaking and listening skills throughout the challenges, especially during the ”present” stage.
  • Social Development: Students have to learn to compromise with classmates on the challenge construction and discuss their opinions.
  • STEM for the Entire School Year: 25 challenges are included and this resource establishes a consistent process for each of them.



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