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Why STEM Challenges?

Earning my master’s degree in design-based learning (DBL) radically transformed my approach to teaching and brought back the joy that had been missing for too long. The joy didn’t come at the cost of rigor; joy arose precisely due to the rigor. Fun with substance!

STEM Challenges provide a hands-on, constructivist approach to learning that allows the teacher to seamlessly interweave multiple content areas, not just STEM!

Done thoughtfully, STEM Challenges will help you target myriad goals for your students. Through this site, I aim to help you do just that!

Kerry Tracy

Site Author & STEM Challenge Aficionado

STEM Challenges, How Do I Love Thee?

Earth Day STEM Activity

Let me count the ways! Who knew one activity type could give you so much bang for the instructional buck?!

Here’s a little sneak peek of the academic and soft skills your students work on with high-quality STEM Challenges:


  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Integrated content areas (STEM & more!)
  • Problem-Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • High Levels of Rigor

Develop Soft Skills

  • Growth Mindset
  • Resilience / Endurance / Perseverance
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Self-reliance / Independence
  • Comfort with Productive Failure
  • Risk-taking

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