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Structures Engineering Challenges Elementary STEM Unit (Grade 3-5)

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$1,485.00 (USD)
Availability: This product has an expected shipping date of three weeks from the date ordered.


Elementary STEM Units include cross-curricular activities and experiments that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts. In today’s classroom, flexibility is key, and these STEM Units were created to be easily set up and adaptable.

Structures Engineering Challenges is a four-week Elementary STEM Unit for Grades 3-5 in which students work in teams of two to four to complete five design challenges on different structures. Students create structures such as ancient Egyptian burial structures and medieval siege machines. Each challenge includes a design brief and guided portfolio that will take students through the entire design process.

This unit comes with a unit guide, teacher notes, scope and sequence, teacher’s guide, books, assessments, and all the materials needed for a class of 24 students.

Note: If purchasing all Grades 3-5 Structures units, it is recommended that they be completed sequentially: Bridge Structures, Cantilever Structures, Suspension Structures, and then Arch Structures. The Structures Engineering Challenges Unit can be completed in a stand-alone manner.

See the Structures Engineering Challenges Contents resource for part numbers and quantities of included items.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 3-5


Latex Warning: This product contains latex and when in contact with skin it might result in an allergic reaction.

What You'll Get

  • 5 packages of construction paper
  • 6 packages of aluminum foil
  • 6 bottles of white glue
  • 3 packages of tissue paper
  • 2 packages of index cards
  • 24 plastic bottle caps
  • 4 packages of red and white straws
  • Package of paper plates
  • Package of paper cups (3 oz)
  • 3 packages of cotton balls
  • Package of brown paper bags
  • 6 wire strippers
  • 6 rolls of electrical wire
  • 6 pushpin paper drills
  • 6 paper fasteners
  • Long-reach hand punch
  • Package of file folders
  • 6 packages of holiday lights
  • 3 packages of ribbon
  • 6 rolls of string
  • 6 rolls of electrical tape
  • 2 packages of rubber bands
  • 6 packages of AA batteries
  • 3 packages of toothpicks
  • 6 rolls of transparent tape
  • 4 packages of oval glue slugs
  • 3 cool-melt glue guns
  • 10 packages of jumbo craft sticks
  • 2 packages of pipe cleaners
  • 3 packages of CDs
  • 12 protractors (6")
  • 6 hole punches
  • 4 packages of plastic spools
  • 4 packages of white tubes (2")
  • 8 packages of jumbo paper clips
  • Package of card stock (11" x 17")
  • 6 Classifying Structures Venn Diagram Card Sorts
  • Linking Literature to Structures Teacher’s Guide
  • Structures Engineering Challenges Unit Guide
  • Mummies Made in Egypt book
  • If I Built a House book
  • Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing book
  • Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice book
  • Castle: How It Works book
  • Storage bins with lids
  • Labels and setup instructions


Learning Values

  • Simple machines
  • Mechanical advantage
  • Force and motion
  • Transportation
  • Tools
  • Structures
  • Historical perspectives
  • Design process
  • Developing models
  • Load force and effort force
  • Specifications
  • Geometric shapes
  • Angles
  • Perimeter
  • Measurements


  • Note: This product contains latex.

“I love reading stories to the kids, and I’ve noticed that even weeks later the kids could tell me something from the story. They make real-life connections to the stories, which is a big thing with the STEM program, and they’re finding a problem in the real world and coming up with solutions.”

– Angela Witt, STEM units facilitator, Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park, Cedar Park, Texas