The school year’s end is fast approaching and if you are like me it’s time for Panic Mode!
How on earth are you going to get everything finished and keep the kids busy and engaged with meaningful work and still have some end-of-the-year fun? Is this even possible?
Well, I have some ideas for you!
Probably the most common word I hear about STEM projects is this one: ENGAGED!
And it’s the truth! A STEM challenge is inherently engaging. Every student has a job to do and all the jobs lead to one thing: completing the task. I took a really good look at my resources and I know these projects are kid favorites. Which one will you try?
Oh my, we have tried this one a few times and it is always a much-loved task. Students use a shoe box to design a foosball table model. You only need a few materials and before you know it the kids will be in the middle of fierce competitions!
Craft sticks, dowels sticks or straws, some markers, and masking tape is about all you will need!
If you want to read more about this one I have a blog post about it: Foosball Post!
And, this resource is available in my TpT store as a FREEBIE!
Again, oh my goodness, kids love this one so much. Spring and summertime are perfect for completing this one outdoors, but we always do it inside. It starts off with just an exploration of bubbles and creating domes and joining bubbles on the table tops.
The design part of the challenge will have kids creating their own bubble wands using a variety of materials. Testing their devices is so much fun! This one would be perfect for an unexpected rainy day in May- maybe even use this for your end of the year party!
Seriously, if you are looking for engagement look no further than this one! It involves experimenting and then eating. Kid Heaven!
Students use a cardboard oven and experiment with different lining materials to create the best model and then cook s’mores!
Read more about Solar Ovens on this blog post.
When my third graders see this one listed on our agenda they go crazy. It is a challenge that they look forward to every year! Get your towels ready for this one because there will be water….everywhere! It is so much fun, though! The kids get so excited when it is time to pour the water down the slide. There will be groaning when leaks happen and there will be cheering (and some surprise) when the slide actually works.
Read more about Water Slides on this blog post.
This one is mesmerizing to watch. Students have so many ways of making the frame of the Ferris Wheel and they will persist with this one until it works!
It only uses a few materials so it’s easy to prepare. The engagement is huge with this project and kids get to take the final Ferris Wheels home! (I usually let each team decide a fair way to determine which team member will take the Ferris Wheel. We display them for a week or two first.) Read more about Ferris Wheels on this blog post.
End of the Year Memory Flippers
And finally, for those moments that you just need your sweet ones to sit still for a little while and still be engaged, try a Little Flipper all about the school year. This one has two versions of the pages- with different amounts of writing and different images to color. Just pick the pages you need and copy- it only takes four copies per student!
Click on any of the images to see these resources in my store! I hope you have some ideas for adding a little STEM to your end of the year plans! Have a spectacular last few weeks of school!