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Carolina STEM Challenge® Kits

Engage. Excite. Engineer. The Carolina STEM Challenge® kits introduce real-world design challenges that address Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) through the lens of engineering. From warm-up activities to grading rubrics, every kit has what you need for classroom success.

Ready to add more STEM to your curriculum?

Use this guide to explore kits by engineering and design activity. Click on an activity type to view associated products.

Paint Stirrer Catapult
Students consider trajectory and distance as they launch projectiles with a homemade catapult.

Come hither, medieval engineers, to build a trebuchet—and to convert potential energy to kinetic energy.

Projectile Launcher
Ready, set, launch! A protractor becomes a desktop launcher for investigating projectile motion.

Balloon Race Cars
Race to the finish! Students build balloon-powered race cars and then explore how alterations impact performance.

Mousetrap Cars
Students learn about energy, torque, and inertia with mousetrap-powered cars.

Solar Cars
Students harness the sun's power—and think like automotive design engineers—to design solar cars.

Cartesian Divers
Plunge into gas laws, density, pressure, and more with Cartesian divers.

Which structure will hold the most weight? Strength, resiliency, and function rule with this challenge.

Egg Drop
Egg on students' understanding of energy, collision, and momentum with this challenge.

Roller Coasters
The thrill of loops, turns, and hills gives hands-on experience in roller coaster physics.

Boats & Buoyancy
Set sail for engineering, buoyancy, and density learning as students strive to build better boats.

Students group up and design water wheels in a competition for the most effective design.

Wind Farm
How can wind create energy? Understanding is a breeze with student-built wind turbines.

Battery Dilemma
Your budding electrical engineers design batteries—then compete to boost and alter the voltage.

Rev up interest in motor design and electrical engineering. Who will win the fastest motor challenge?

Students design an apparatus for measuring gas production during yeast fermentation.

Solar Cars
Students harness the sun's power—and think like automotive engineers—to design solar cars.

Solar Distillation
See who can make the most contaminant-free water for hands-on experience with distillation.

Passive Solar
A scale model house lets your learners explore solar building and design.

Crystal Growing
The engineering and design process crystallizes as students compete to grow the biggest sugar crystal.

How to Train a Plant
STEM meets plant development as you sow the seeds for life science concepts and experimental design.

Model modern farming with this easy-to-use hydroponics substrate design challenge.

Chemical Reaction Rockets
Engineering and design are a blast when using chemical reactions to power rockets.

Balloon Rockets
Move into action—and reaction. Use balloon rockets to investigate Newton's third law of motion.

Take Flight
Students' design skills soar as they create paper airplanes with distance and flight time in mind.

Keep It Hot
Students rise to the challenge of engineering a system in which a paper cup can insulate as well as, or better than, a foam cup.

Passive Solar
A scale model vacation home lets your learners explore solar building and design.

Surface area and heat transfer knowledge warm up when students design models that use geothermal energy.

Surface tension, hydrogen bonds, and properties of matter combine for good, clean learning with bubbles.

Crystal Growing
Can sugar solutions and crystal-growing setups be designed to meet a challenge? Students reengineer to create the best.

Make It Bounce
Explore polymer chemistry with a hands-on challenge to design balls that maximize bounce.

Separation of a Mixture
Students use planning skills, logic, and trial-and-error while learning techniques for separating mixtures.

How to Train an Isopod
Students step right up to train isopods to move toward a target—all while learning about isopod behavior.

How to Train a Plant
Sow the seeds for life science concepts and experimental design by predicting and manipulating plant growth.

Build It Write
Students build, write, then see if others can follow their written directions to build a replica.

Sound Off
Get loud! Explore sound waves while using common materials to amplify smartphone sound.

Wave Machine
Explore wave properties and learn to transmit classic Morse code messages.

Circulatory System
How do vessels, heart valves, and contracting chambers work? Pump up students' understanding with this increasingly complex design challenge.

3D Art and Human Vision
Students combine art, science and creativity as they learn to draw 3-D images.

*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, these products.

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