(If you haven’t already, read our first post about Cross-Curricular STEM Challenges.)
- A CS lesson on human interface design using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Younger students may require an explanation of interface.
- Think about the droids in Star Wars as further expansion and explanation for this type of technology.
- The story of Humpty Dumpty (STEAM challenge: construct a crate to protect Humpty from his fall)
- Because the Little Bug Went Ka-choo by Rosetta Stone – Dr. Seuss book (STEAM challenge: construct a Rube Goldberg machine)
- Read this true story about a Coast Guard rescue (for grades 8-12 students); there are loads of STEAM challenges applicable to this story: how to keep a boat afloat in hurricane force winds; how does the helicopter stay in position; how to equalize a listing boat, and more. Other nautical options include Moby Dick by Herman Melville, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, and The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger.
Remember this helpful hint: if you have kids who are more artistic, allow them to draw pictures of their ideas. If you have “project managers” (organized kids who like to tell others what to do and how to do it), let them come up with the outline and the plan and help the others execute it. Try to recognize each kid’s gift(s).