Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Bundle Paperless

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Bundle Paperless


Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Thanksgiving-themed devices.

These Thanksgiving STEM / STEAM Challenges will engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun while helping Pilgrims and Wampanoag people meet their basic needs!

The basic premise: 
Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Thanksgiving-themed devices. Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for students in grades 2 – 8.

There are five STEM design challenge events included in this bundle:

This bundle saves you ~40% off the cost of buying each challenge separately. What a bargain! ☺

See the preview below:


Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1 / paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you’ll want to look at the printable version instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to reach out with a question: [email protected].


Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Materials lists can be found in the product descriptions for each individual challenge linked above.


Resource includes:

  • Overall STEM Tips
    • Suggestions on timing and whether or not to treat these challenges as competitions
    • What to say (and what not to say) during STEM Challenges
    • 5-event Data Tracker (Google Slide format & printable version)

Plus, each challenge comes with:

  • NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
  • Teacher Tips
    • Links to STEM Challenge “How-to” Videos
    • Links to challenge-specific video walk-throughs
    • Materials and timing
    • Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
    • Measuring results
    • Post-design extension activities list
  • Student Slides
    • Criteria & Constraints List (editable versions provided)
    • Design Analysis
    • Discussion Questions
  • Extension slides
    • Process Flow Map
    • Create & Solve Math Problems Based on Designs
    • Several video / website slides for broadening understanding of related topics
    • Plus, other design-specific extensions (see each individual challenge resource description page for more details)


Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
– Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
– Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
– High levels of student engagement
– The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
– Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60 – 90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

NOTE: You can save even more by purchasing this bundle as part of the



This resource is also available in a print version!

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