STEM Bins® Teambuilders – STEM Activities for Back to School and End of the Year

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Science, Character Education, Engineering

Grade Levels
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Resource Type
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE

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14 MB|48 pages


STEM Bins® Teambuilders are a wonderful way to build your classroom community and allow students to practice and reflect on essential character skills. They are ideal for use at the beginning of the school year as you are introducing STEM Bins to your class and as needed for teambuilding throughout the year.

The following STEM Bins® Teambuilders are designed to accompany my STEM Bins® , found at the following link:



12 Challenges are provided for you to set up in stations, and you may choose how many stations you’d like your students to complete. Each challenge is designed to be used with your existing classroom set of STEM Bins®, along with a few other basic classroom materials. There is a tabletop tent for each station with the challenge instructions on one side and character emphasis on the other side. The character cards may be displayed in your classroom after the challenges are complete.

Students need to be placed in groups of 2-3 and given at least 15-20 minutes per station to meet the challenge.

Students each need a copy of the student booklet with cover, checklist, and challenge pages to bring with them to each station. EDITABLE PowerPoint pages are provided in a separate file for you to customize your own challenge checklists.

Each student page provides an opportunity for students to reflect on how they showed the character emphasis for the challenge. Final reflection pages are also provided.

Includes the following materials and challenges in LOWER GRADE AND UPPER GRADE VERSIONS:

Page 3: How to Use
Page 4: Supplies Checklist
Pages 5-6: Photos of Possible Products
Pages 7-8: Station Number Tents
Pages 9-10: Student Booklet Cover
and Checklist
Pages 11-12: Take Flight (OPTIMISM)
Pages 13-14: Build a Bridge (PERSEVERANCE)
Pages 15-16: Goal Getter (SPORTSMANSHIP)
Pages 17-18: Mirror Mirror (CREATIVITY)
Pages 19-20: Tricky Tower (SELF-DISCIPLINE)
Pages 21-22: Chain Reaction (PATIENCE)
Pages 23-24: Safe Shelter (EMPATHY)
Pages 25-26: Safety Net (ENCOURAGEMENT)
Pages 27-28: Maze Mania (IMPROVEMENT)
Pages 29-30: Parking Place (EFFORT)
Pages 31-32: Rock and Roll (COOPERATION)
Pages 33-34: Life Boat (FLEXIBILITY)
Page 35: Teambuilder Reflections
Pages 36-47: Optional Character Awards
Page 48: Credits

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15 reviews for STEM Bins® Teambuilders – STEM Activities for Back to School and End of the Year

  1. Jennifer Emmons

    Another wonderfully engaging product from Brooke Brown! You can’t go wrong with ANY of her products! Thanks, Brooke, for creating this and engaging teachers and students! -Jennifer Emmons

  2. Jessica A.

    These were an excellent addition to our school Makerspace! I love all of the different activities and look forward to working through them all with each of my classes! -Jessica A.

  3. Kelly L.

    These activities were the perfect way to start my STEAM year. I used them to introduce the 4 Cs and help the students work from individual-parallel challenge to partners to four person teams. My students LOVED these challenges and they were perfect for all my students 2nd to 5th. TY so much for these challenges! -Kelly L.

  4. Heather M.

    These were great for back to school community and partner building. The kids loved it! The team challenges created an extra special way to connect with their peers. These STEM bins are always a hit. -Heather M.

  5. Nicole Blondo

    This is a really great resource to build teams at the beginning of the year. It is something that I continue to use all year! -Nicole Blondo

  6. Katie Harvey

    We used these in our leadership club as team building! My students loved the activities! It ties perfectly with our character trait unit! Thank you! -Katie Harvey

  7. The Mountain We Climb

    This was a great resource to use for the beginning of the year with my students. I loved the booklet that helps them keep on task as we work! My kids continually want to do more of them. -The Mountain We Climb

  8. Carole K.

    I used this resource on the first day of school as a fun team-building activity and to assess how my students worked together with a partner. I didn’t use all the activities as we didn’t have time but my students asked when they can do them again. The marble roller coaster was challenging and they loved making the hockey game. -Carole K.

  9. Amanda W.

    These activities are great for STEM time, as well as for early finishers. When contained with materials in bins, they’re a “grab and go” early finisher task that keep students occupied without assistance or direction. -Amanda W.

  10. Christina H.

    My students and I LOVE the activities. It was easy to set up, I already had most of the materials in my classroom, and it keeps the students engaged. -Christina H.

  11. Karissa G.

    Perfect for introducing character traits at the beginning of the year that we want all year long! Also, I love the STEM team builder exercises that use what I already have around my classroom. We did one each day to introduce both STEM and teamwork. -Karissa G.

  12. Kelly Muckell

    This was exactly what I was looking for to start the year especially after the chaos of last school year with some students in school and some distance learning. It helped them to build teams and got their brains back thinking like scientists and mathematicians. -Kelly Muckell

  13. Jaclyn D.

    I really enjoyed using these with my 2nd and 3rd graders during work time in class. These really helped them to develop teamwork skills. -Jaclyn D.

  14. Lonestar Learners

    These will be great team/class-building activities that promote so many different things that we teach within our classes. I know my students are going to enjoy each one. I really like that that you can pick the different teambuilders to use and you included an editable style notebook to do so, that’s very appreciated! Thank you! -Lonestar Learners

  15. Kellie Timbrell

    These activities are so much fun! I love the character building that accompanies each challenge. This is a perfect resource for back to school engagement, community building, and STEM! -Kellie Timbrell

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