Are you looking for the perfect fall STEM activities to bring some seasonal fun into your classroom? Or maybe you need to keep your students engaged during the excitement and chaos that comes with school Halloween celebrations… Either way, check out these exciting engineering design challenges that are sure to keep your students’ interest.
Corn Maze Challenge
In this fun fall STEM challenge, students will create a 3D marble maze modeled after a corn maze! First, they learn a bit about how corn mazes are created. Then they develop a model corn maze to present to a local farmer. After brainstorming ideas, they build a 3D marble maze using household materials. At the end, students test one another’s mazes and vote on their favorite!
Candy Bucket Challenge
In this Halloween-themed challenge, students design a candy bucket for trick-or-treating that will hold as much candy as possible! First, students brainstorm ideas for their design. Then they build a candy bucket using household materials. Finally, students score their bucket by testing how much candy it can hold before breaking. They earn extra points if their bucket has a clear Halloween theme!
What’s included in the fall STEM activities?
Each STEM challenge includes:
- Detailed teacher notes that include suggestions for facilitating the project during in-person, distance, and hybrid learning
- PDF, Google, and Easel versions of the student project packets
- A slideshow to assist with lesson facilitation
- A rubric for easy grading
- End-of-project celebration certificates
These projects follow the engineering design process allowing students to practice their teamwork and problem-solving skills. The building materials are flexible, meaning you can use what you have on hand! Building bricks, clean recyclables, school supplies, etc.
Grab these fall STEM activities today so you can take a break from planning and know your students will still be learning and having fun as you enjoy the fall season!