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Digital STEM Challenges


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STEM goes digital with these fun and engaging design challenges. 10 websites and 90 challenges perfect for grades 2 and up. The virtual manipulatives work on any device and in any browser so this activity is perfect for distance learning and in the classroom.

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STEM goes digital with these fun and engaging design challenges. 10 websites and 90 challenges perfect for grades 2 and up. The virtual manipulatives work on any device and in any browser so this activity is perfect for distance learning and in the classroom.

We all want our students to master technology tools and use them to create original works. Digital STEM challenges are designed to allow students to explore digital tools while creating something using the steps of the engineering design process. The best part is that nearly every topic and subject area can be incorporated into these challenges, so they can be used as a part of your daily academic activities, not as an extra thing to fit into your schedule.

Table of Contents in the main PDF:

3-5    The Process and how it works

6-15    Introduction to the digital tools that will be used in this resource

16-22  Links to the digital STEM challenge cards on Google Slides and directions for how to access

23-24  Terms of Use and Credits

New Update includes virtual manipulatives that work on any device in any browser! Great for distance learning and/or classrooms with mixed device types. This update took out the flash based websites that aren’t going to work after December 2020.

There are 10 technology tools used in this resource. If you’re a traditional STEM teacher, think of each tech tool as a “material” for building such as popsicle sticks or construction paper.

Each tool has a page in the PDF that describes it for the teacher. I encourage my students to explore the tech tool as they complete the challenges, so I do not do any formal instruction about how to use the tool.

The challenge cards are provided to you as a Google Slides file for each tech tool. If your school uses PowerPoint, simply download the Google Slides as a PowerPoint and share with your students.

The Google Slides file also includes digital journal slides where students answer questions about the design process and their creation.

Each challenge card includes

∙I Can statements based on the ISTE Standards for students

∙The steps of the design process

∙A link to the tech tool

∙9 challenges

You could have students complete one, many, or all of the challenges on the page. They are editable so feel free to change them to meet your needs before sharing the file with your students. Also included in the file is the digital journal to complete along with the challenges. I have my students duplicate the blank template slide before they start on their challenge. Alternatively, you could print out the journal pages and have students complete them on paper.


When students are finished:

∙Create a class eBook in Google Slides where students each get one slide to insert their final product.

∙Create a Padlet and have students upload their final product.

∙Have a “gallery walk” where students have their final product up on their screen while they walk around to see classmates’ creations.

∙Have students present their final product to the class


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5 reviews for Digital STEM Challenges

  1. Aimee L. (verified owner)

    I have been looking for something different to do with my STEM students. I loved this resource and so did my students. It was very organized and worked well with virtual teaching/learning. Thank you!

  2. Dawn Z. (verified owner)

    I have used this in my tech/STEM lab with 3rd grade students. It was very well put together and the students definitely enjoyed the activities.

  3. Stephanie K. (verified owner)

    This is a great resource for online and person teaching! It can be used in a variety of ways – independent, group/partner, earlier finishers, etc. Students were highly engaged and loved all the options, or you can just assign on option at a time. I liked that there was follow up questions/works to get students thinking deeper throughout the STEM process.

  4. Jessica D. (verified owner)

    I used these activities for sub lesson plans for my STEAM class when I needed to be out of school. I linked the different websites for the students to choose which activity they wanted to do. The students loved it.

  5. Laura B. (verified owner)

    I used the tools for students k-6. They all were able to use the tools to help make animations. The students were very engaged.

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