STEM Design Challenges with Mrs. Clarkson

Simple Machine Design Challenge

Materials Needed: Recycled Materials from you home.  

Task: Read about the 6 types of simple machines.  You are going to design and build your own simple machine to raise one of your toys 6 inches off the ground.

Remember your machine may not work the first time you test it!  That's ok!  Keep improving your design until it works!

Good Luck!

4-6-20 Paper Airplane STEM Challenge



Design a Paper Airplane in one or all of the following categories:

1) Longest Time Aloft - See how long your airplane can stay in the air!

2) Distance - How far can your airplane travel?

3) Coolest Design - Get creative and show off your artistic skills decorating your airlplane!

Have your parents send pictures of your airplanes to or to your teacher

Tin Foil Boats

3-30-20 STEM Challenge TIN FOIL Boats

Watch this week's design challenge video, then send pictures to and let Mrs Clarkson know how many pennies your boat can hold!  

Items needed: 

2x 12in square pieces of aluminum foil




Container of water (bucket, sink, bathtub etc.)

Student Tin Foil Boat Challenge
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Lego Bits and Bricks.  Puzzle based coding and problem solving.

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Great at home STEM projects from NASA and MOST!

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Fun for all grades.  Learn coding & develop creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Scratch Jr is an app based version perfect for ages 5-7 using a tablet or handheld device.


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