Steam resources for 11-14 year olds

Creative cosmetics

Integrate learning in science, DT and maths by encouraging students to manage the development of a cosmetic product from creation to packaging design in this enterprising activity.

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Art. What is Colour? Updated fir 2017-18

Detailed information about colour. Explanations are given for the visible spectrum and the role of pigments. Links are made between Science and Art. How do we see colour? What is the difference between additive and reductive colour?..... and more. Fully illustrated and suitable for KS3 and 4 students. The resource can be used as a hand-out or as a presentation.
By Start Education

Sketchup Make Basics - Wooden Toy Train

Complete step by step instructions for drawing a toy train in 3D using Sketchup Make (Freeware). This resource is an ideal introduction to using the software for project visualization in STEM and mandatory and elective technology courses. The full colour pdf can be supplied to students as a printed handout (not so eco-friendly at 7 pages) or as a digital file for self pace learning. It can also be displayed on a screen for use in more formal teacher directed instruction.
By Steve Kelly

Composite 3D Shapes Drawing Skills Worksheets, Art, STEAM

Composite 3D Shapes Drawing Skills Worksheets

This set contains 10 worksheets for students to trace and then draw for themselves 3D composite shapes.
By STEMthinking

Beat the Flood STEM Challenge

An exciting STEM challenge that supports pupils explore how STEM skills can be used to help communities be better prepared for flooding. The challenge contains materials and structures tests, designing and making activities and flood testing opportunities for their model homes.

The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs and integrating into your D&T, science and Maths lessons, but also great for STEM clubs, transition etc. Pupils can use beat the flood to gain a CREST award too.

The teacher, parent/carer guidance and pupil activity sheets needed to run the challenge are all free to download.

By PracticalAction

An Introduction to Stop Motion Animation

This Into Film resource provides an introduction to stop-motion animation, detailing the history of the technique, as well as guidance on how to create your own stop motion films. Styles included use silhouettes, paper cut outs and modelling clay, with activity sheets and cut-out materials also provided for an interactive historical understanding of inventions such as the zoetrope and thaumatrope. More information can be found at To find out more about Into Film and start an Into Film Club visit:
By IntoFilm

Designing Greek Monuments in 3D

In the Designing Greek Monuments in 3D lesson, students design new monuments to honor events in Greek history, Greek gods, or another aspect of Ancient Greece. After sketching their design on paper, students create their designs in 3D using the web-based modeling tool TinkerCad. Finally, students explain their creations in a short essay to accompany their designs.

Topics addressed:
Architectural style of monuments in Ancient Greece
Historical and cultural significance of Greek monuments
Primary CT concept: abstraction. Students distill information about a Greek god or an event in Greek history into a relatively simple 3D design that symbolizes their chosen topic.

Students will be able to:
Design an architectural structure to represent a Greek god or event in Greek history
Create a monument in 3D using TinkerCad
Explain how their monument symbolizes their chosen topic

PowerPoint presentation
Student worksheet

Create a Google Doc assignment in Google Classroom where students can write their short essay and share the link to their monument in TinkerCad
Familiarize yourself with TinkerCad for thirty minutes or so, to better support students who have questions while learning how to create models in 3D

Suggested lesson breakdown:
This activity can be run in one longer period, or split over two shorter periods.
10min – activity introduction with PowerPoint presentation
15min – students (individually) select a topic for their monument and draw their 2D sketch on the worksheet
5min – walk students through logging into TinkerCad
10min – students (individually) work through TinkerCad introductory lessons
40min – students create their monuments using TinkerCad
10min – students write a short two-paragraph essay explaining how their design relates to their selected topic
By Eli Sheldon

Spaghetti Tower Challenge

Perfect for KS3 Science as it covers the success criteria planning skill. Could also be used for the wider key skills, particularly problem solving.
By staceycoles

Kitchen Science - STEM activities

A downloadable booklet of fun science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. This booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.

By Science Museum Learning

STEM Challenge: Windmill STEM Challenge

Students will design and create a windmill to see which team has the most efficient windmill. This is a fun an simple activity.

Here is what is in the packet:
1. Teacher Guide
2. Prototype Worksheets
3. Results/Review Worksheet


Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two 'astronauts' when they land. In this challenge, students follow the engineering design process to do the following: 1. Design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws and mini-marshmallows. 2. Attach their shock absorber to a cardboard platform. 3. Use test results to improve their design.
By NASAeducation

Floating garden challenge - STEM challenge

This STEM challenge would be great for a science or STEM club, to use British Science week, as the focus of collapsed curriculum timetable day , or to enhance a lesson on climate change. It can also be used to gain a CREST award

Students initially look at some of the problems caused by climate change then design and make a model of their solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh… how to grow food even when the land floods.

Everything needed to deliver the activity is included, Power Point presentation with notes, teacher’s guide, pupil activity sheets, even certificates and a poster you can request for free.

By PracticalAction

Moving House

This activity highlights a new spin on the old STEM Club favourite of reinforced jellies. Students make their own reinforced jellies and test to see whether they can withstand vibrations, to mimic an earthquake situation. Your club or class will have to conclude which material they feel is the best to choose for reinforcing jelly. This is a resource from the Engineering Engagement Project.
By Royal Academy of Engineering

STEM Marble Roller Archery: An Engineering and Math Challenge

This STEM activity is a great group activity for your students. It combines both engineering and statistics. The students need to work together to complete the challenge given.

SCIENCE: Students will use skills in the scientific method: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.

TECHNOLOGY: Students can document learning through the use of digital technology.

ENGINEERING: Students will devise and implement a strategy to construct Marble Roller Device.

MATH: Students will explore measurement, graphing, statistics, patterns, and build mathematical knowledge through problem solving
By Kiwilander

Strawket STEM Project

This STEM project combines engineering skills with math and language arts. Students will be tasked with designing a “rocket” that is powered by wind. Using only straws, paper, and tape, students will try to create the rocket that flies the farthest. Throughout the process, students will use the data from their rockets to work with multiple math standards such as fractions, line plots and conversions.
There are also several cross-curricular extensions included!
By jeffandjesse