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

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$1,795.00 (USD)
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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.

Have a class of more than 24 students? No problem! Four-student add-on packages are available.

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.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 3-5
SKU: W42757


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

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What You'll Get

  • 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
  • 600 paper fasteners
  • 600 paper clips
  • 12 bottles of glue
  • 6 packages of construction paper
  • 225 jumbo craft sticks
  • 12 transparent tape rolls
  • 60 white tubes (2")
  • 3 long-reach hand punches
  • 24 safety glasses
  • 6 Classifying Structures Card Sort sets
  • 50 brown paper bags
  • 600 cotton balls
  • 3 rolls of ribbon
  • 6 rolls of foil (25')
  • 3 boxes toothpicks (800 in each)
  • 6 Pushpin Paper Drill Kits
  • 6 hole punches
  • 750 plastic straws
  • 12 packages of pipe cleaners (100 in each)
  • 24 bottle caps
  • 3 cool-melt glue guns
  • 90 glue slugs
  • 60 plastic spools
  • 120 tissue paper sheets
  • 3 packages of index cards
  • 6 sets of LED holiday lights
  • 12 AA batteries
  • 6 rolls electric wire
  • 6 rolls electrical tape
  • 6 wire strippers
  • 300 file folders
  • 300 paper cups
  • 12 protractors
  • 50 card stock sheets
  • 30 CDs
  • 140 paper plates
  • 3 boxes of rubber bands (variety pack)
  • 6 rolls of string
  • 7 storage bins with lids


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


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 4 weeks
  • Subject Area Focus: Physical science
  • Tools and Materials Required: Model to represent a mummy (small doll or action figure wrapped up), scissors, rulers, recycled plastic containers, fabric scraps, twist ties, flattened food boxes/cardboard, egg cartons, penny rolls, milk container caps, Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice book, and Castle Under Siege! book
  • 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