STEM & STEAM Challenge Family Projects – Distance Learning
PreK – 5th
Math, Science, Engineering
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
***NOW INCLUDES A PAPERLESS GOOGLE SLIDES NOTEBOOK WITH RESOURCE VIDEOS IN BOTH STEAM AND STEAM FORMATS!***
This package is the perfect way to connect STEM/STEAM from school to the home! 12 engaging, open-ended STEM/STEAM challenges are provided to promote both inductive and deductive higher level thinking, one for each month of the year, along with a parent letter, planning and reflection forms, extension options, display sign, assessment rubric, and presentation guide.
Page 3: How to Use
Page 4: STEM Family Project display sign
Page 5: Letter to Families (EDITABLE letter in separate file)
Page 6: Project Planning Sheet
Page 7: Project Reflection
Page 8-19: STEM Family Projects for every month (EDITABLE)
Page 20: STEM Family Project: Create your own Invention
Page 21: Extension/Presentation Options
Page 22: Presentation Guide for display
Page 23: Assessment/Feedback Rubric
Page 24: Credits
SEPARATE FILES: Editable Letter to Families
Editable Project template
Google Slides Paperless Notebooks with Resource Videos
STEAM version of all materials
Printable Spanish translation
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Elva F. –
I started using this as a homework alternative once a month. My parents LOVED IT! So the next year I kept that idea; but instead of an alternative, I just made it homework once a month. Then the students would present their ideas, materials, process, what they would do next time, ect. in a classroom presentation. I would take pictures and send them to their parents AND to the principal. My students were in the school newsletter on several occasions, and that made the students and parents even more engaged! If you are looking for something that will give your students that “I GET IT” face, that we all went into teaching for, this is the thing. I am working with low income and high ELL. I didn’t expect this response from the students. This is amazing!!!!! Thank you so much! -Elva F.
Kristy Kaiser –
This was an excellent resource during distance learning! It provided a numerous choices for my third graders to participate in activities at home. I was so pleased to see a number of activities the students could complete without having to purchase materials – very cognizant of students in all cultural communities and demographics. Will use in some way every year. Thanks for sharing!! -Kristy Kaiser
Krystle Meglio –
I am SO excited to try these with my kiddos! What a great way to get those minds thinking AND parents involved. Thank you SO much! -Krystle Meglio
Kelsie W. –
We recently used this product to do our first family STEM project. Students and families enjoyed creating their own inventions at home! Excellent resource and I love the grading rubrics that are included! Thank you! -Kelsie W.
Pamela H. –
Was looking for a resource to help plan our first ever STEM Night and this fits the bill! However, our STEM Night has changed from in person to virtual and this still fits the bill. Thank you for offering this resource. -Pamela H.
ivette H. –
I use these instead of homework packets! Parents love them, students love them and it is a great way for families to learn together! -ivette H.
Shannon W. –
This such a great way to get families involved and the process is laid out in a way that is easy for families to execute. -Shannon W.
Kristin S. –
I dont know who enjoyed this resource more, my students, their parents, or me!!! My students always go nuts over the new project and get so excited. I teach in a low income area, so encouraging students to use natural materials or items found around the house really challenged them to use their creativity. -Kristin S.
Jessica S. –
Love to see what families come up with! Great way to build home-school relationships. Students are so excited to share what they created. A fun way to communicate growth mindset practices with families. -Jessica S.
Dana B. –
This resource served as a family engagement activity to kick of our Summer S.T.E.A.M program. It has easy to use ideas and implement for even the most reluctant family. I had 100% participation which I never had before. -Dana B.
Julia Huntze –
We loved these STEM activities for distance learning! I love how they come with videos to watch. The predictable layout of each theme helps students know what to expect and what is expected of them. Fun ideas! -Julia Huntze
Wendy H. –
These were great STEM challenges! I used them for a virtual summer school program. The students and their families had a blast completing the challenges, and the end results were so creative! -Wendy H.
We have been remote learning all year and i knew I had to find a way to include STEM. This is a wonderful resource, already intended to be done at home with the family. My students received a “packet” of a few of the activities and they are working on one per week and sharing their projects in our virtual meetings. It’s been wonderful! -Kinderpillars
Mrs Dize –
Excellent for in class or to send home for a long break from school for the kids to do fo fun if they want to. Lots of kids chose to do teh one I sent home over Spring Break. -Mrs Dize
Kimberley M. –
Parental engagement with school work went through the roof with these STEM projects. Family fun projects was the feedback! -Kimberley M.