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STEM Modules

Our faculty and students have developed engineering activities that can be run as classroom presentations or hosted at a table as a STEM Day station.  Use the menu below to learn more about each available activity. If you have a topic of interest for your students and don't see an activity listed, please feel free to reach out, and we'll see what we can put together.

  • Articulated Grabbers

    Articulated grabber made from cardboard and paint stir sticksSuggested Grades: 4th-8th

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

    Students explore simple machines while following instructions to build their very own articulated grabbers from cardboard and paint stir-sticks. 

     

     

  • Binary Bead Bracelets

    Suggested Grades: 4th-8th

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

    Students learn about bits and binary code used for computers to communicate. They then translate their initials into binary code and use bead colors to represent each bit to create bracelets. 

     

     

  • Bridge Building

    Suggested Grades: K-8th

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation 

    Students explore structural engineering as they research, design, and build bridge structures to withstand the most weight possible.

  • Catapult Challenge

    Suggested Grades: 4th-8th

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

    Students explore simple machines and physics through experimenting with, designing, and building catapults from everyday objects. A final competition assesses catapult strength and accuracy.

  • Engineering Design Process

    Suggested Grades: K-8th 

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station 

    This activity uses a typical STEM activity to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process: designing and constructing towers made of uncooked spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.

  • Illuminating Artwork

    Suggested Grades: 4th-8th

    Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

    Students learn the basics of electricity and circuits, and then apply this new-found knowledge to create illuminated artwork using copper tape, LEDs, and batteries. Students learn about conductors, basics of electricity, and different types of circuits.