Back to School STEM Challenges (September)

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Grade Levels
K – 5th
Science, Back to School, Engineering
Resource Type
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
Formats Included
45 pages



This back-to-school themed STEM/STEAM package is perfect to engage your elementary engineers at the beginning of the school year! Three STEM challenges and one Bonus Brainbuilder are provided and can be completed as stations or in isolation.

Includes the following LOW PREP STEM Challenges:

  • Off to School
  • Pom Pom Popper
  • Shared Supplies
  • Bonus Brainbuilder: Maker Mindset

Also includes challenges from the previous version:

  • Rockin’ School Bus
  • Pom Pom Slingshot
  • Apple Raft
  • Bonus Brainbuilder: Pencil Tower

Includes the following components for EACH CHALLENGE:

  • Detailed Lesson Plan with Standards, Supply Checklists, and Suggested Read Alouds
  • Digital Google Slides Notebook for Paperless Recording
  • Key Visual Vocabulary Chart
  • Photos of Possible Products
  • Digital Anchor Chart
  • Student Instructions
  • QR Code Research Videos and Website
  • Differentiated Student Recording Sheets (K-1st and 2nd-5th)
  • Reflection Discussion Chart
  • Grading Rubric
  • Supply Request Letter for Parents




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10 reviews for Back to School STEM Challenges (September)

  1. Julie S.

    This is one of my favorite resources I’ve ever bought on TPT. I love bringing STEM activities like this into my classroom (especially in centers), but I don’t have the time or energy to create them from scratch. These are fabulous! I especially love that each activity includes videos, QR codes with links for extra research opportunities, and a Google Slides journal for the students to record their data. I also really, REALLY appreciate that each activity requires very few supplies. I can’t recommend this resource (and her other monthly STEM challenges) enough! -Julie S.

  2. Catherine Sparks

    The pom pom slingshot was an absolute hit with my students! They couldn’t wait to go home and show everyone the slingshot they made! We also used other projectiles to see if they made a difference on how far things could go. Thanks for a great product! -Catherine Sparks

  3. Chelsea Kollack

    These STEM lessons were a highlight in my students’ digital learning experience. This resource made it super easy for my students to learn about new concepts and then create a product at home. Thank you so much!! -Chelsea Kollack

  4. Tyler M.

    The detailed nature of this STEM resource is amazing! The supply lists, experiment sheets, and all of the extra resources for students (videos etc) makes planning a breeze. Thank you so much! -Tyler M.

  5. Planning In Pencil

    This is a great resource to use the first couple of days at school. Builds team work, sets expectations for group projects and gives students meaningful work while they acclimate back into the school year. -Planning In Pencil

  6. Haleigh E.

    Loved providing these stem activities for students to do at home during distance learning. Many of the activities included materials that can be found in their home which made it so easy for them to complete. -Haleigh E.

  7. Ursula I.

    I use these each month with my students. They love these activities, and they are a great way to engage students in problem-solving and creativity. -Ursula I.

  8. Mlissa C.

    These are always the absolute best resources. I an always find an engaging lesson for my stem class. Little to no prep on my end, except for supplies! -Mlissa C.

  9. Dragana G.

    This was such a great resource! It is so well planned out and full of engaging material to support student learning! Thank you so much! My students loved it 🙂 -Dragana G.

  10. Emily H.

    We loved these! The sling shots in particular were a hit. I loved all of the background and planning information that was provided. It was so fun to watch their minds work! Will definitely be purchasing more! -Emily H.

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