STEM: Engaging Hands-On Challenges Using Everyday Materials is designed to walk you through exciting STEM challenges step-by-step! This series provides age-appropriate student challenges guaranteed to stimulate students as they ask, imagine, plan, create (build), test and improve designs they created themselves. In each challenge, students will be making sense of phenomena and/or coming up with solutions to a problem as they build a clearer understanding of science and engineering practices.
Each exciting challenge is presented to students by the teacher and followed up with a student-driven Mini Challenge. Students then put what they have learnt to the test during the Main Challenge. Criteria are established for each challenge – but not an expected end result. Academic vocabulary, time frames and formative assessments specific to each challenge are provided and most materials needed are found in the classroom or the recycling bin.