Inspirational Stem ideas for primary

Sian Evans
03rd March 2017
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Creative challenges and tricky investigations designed to expand pupils' minds and promote enquiry

With British Science Week (10-19 March) on the horizon, there's no better time to try out some Stem challenges with your class. And why wouldn't you? Not only do Stem projects give learners a chance to stretch themselves, but they also encourage critical thinking and team work.

To get you started, we’ve hand-picked innovative activities that will test learners’ skills, while injecting some cross-curricular fun into the classroom. And if that's not enough, check out our brand new Steam hub, full of project ideas organised by both phase and subject.

Whole school resources

Fully embrace British Science Week, and this year’s theme of change, with learners of all ages and abilities using the challenges within this official activity pack. Similarly, there is a wealth of thought-provoking worksheets and stimulating activities in this comprehensive booklet*, including practical experiments and creative design work.

Engaging activities

Using this template, help students to investigate the basics of aerodynamics by making their own air rocket and experimenting with the factors that affect the distance it will travel. Or, watch learners get to grips with magnetism in this simple task, in which pupils try to guide a range of objects around a maze they've drawn on a plastic bottle.

Inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs, this well-designed pack* challenges your class to build houses that can’t be blown down by the mean wolf, or, in this case, your hairdryer!

In-depth investigations

Older learners are guaranteed to relish the opportunity to practice critical thinking in this creative activity*, which gets them designing a catapult using their knowledge of angles and ratio.

Introduce pupils to the classic egg drop challenge and task them with creating a structure within a specified budget using this illustrated resource pack. Twist it up a bit with this alternative space-themed version, giving students more time to learn from and improve upon their designs.

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