Makers and Shakers!

Mystery Challenge a unit! projects plans and ideas  patterns


Pneumatic arm:

Marble Run: Students make a box from a sheet of cardboard or get a box.  Give each team the same number of straws.  Challenge is for a team to create a maze that a marble will travel down when the box is placed at an angle.  Winner is team whose marble takes the longest time without stopping.

Marble Maze: Students are given a certain number of straws and a box.  Must create a maze for other students to complete.  Most challenging wins.

Mini-Golf Course: Each team must build a golf hole.  Must design own golf clubs and a safe golf ball.

Bridge Competition:


Go to Youtube and type in :  stem activities for middle school



Catapults Page One

Catapults Page Two

Catapult Youtube 1

Catapult Youtube 2

Catapult Youtube 3

Let’s Make a Compass

Let's Build a Sailboat!

The Sailboat Mission:

Your team must construct a sailboat no larger than 10 inches long and no wider than 6 inches.  It can be smaller but must be able to carry a weight of 10 pennies.  It must remain upright and be able to sail across our “ocean”.  We will also have a speed competition between boats.

You will have access to the following supplies only:

Styrofoam cups

Clear tape

Plastic straws

Aluminum foil




Wax paper

Plastic wrap


Hot glue

Rubber bands

You will NOT be given any supplies until after your team has designed and drawn a picture of your boat.

AutoDesk software for designing projects:

Adafruit for arduino and other parts

Jameco electronic parts supplier

Sailboat Resources:

PBS Sailboat video

Build-A-Boat ppt: opens in google docs

PBS: A Boat That Floats

Physics of Sailboats


Cardboard Ideas:

31 Ideas

26 Cardboard Houses

Pintarest Ideas:

More Pinterest Ideas:


Mobile phone controlled robot simple!!!

Straws, straws, and more straws:

Zip-Line Racers


Electricity Module:

Great video on Electricity

Electricity Lesson

Propeller Cars

Youtube One

Cardboard Car

Propeller Car 2