Do your students like to make things and be creative in math?

How do you have give students time to problem solve in math?

Every year different students ask for projects or activities to do in class. This is the first year I have used STEM challenges. I've never used them before. Honestly I didn't know how they worked.

**Do they work?**
Yes! I have found that there are STEM challenges that work. There are students that love to

**make and create**. They are eager to build and work with other students on STEM challenges.## STEM Challenges for Middle School

Students create, implement, and test their designs. The STEM challenges give students objectives to follow and guidelines to stay within. Any student can be successful with these STEM activities. Here are some STEM challenges to try this Halloween.

### 1. Students create Candy Bags.

Involving problem solving and volume students have to create candy bags to hold candy. Students design, plan, and test their creations.

### 2. Students build Bat Boxes.

This is my favorite STEM challenge. Students have to create bat boxes with ratios and proportions. Highly engaging, lots of fun, and who doesn't like marshmallows?

### 3. Design Candy Corn Footballs

Students create paper footballs with rational numbers and test them on a football field. This is a highly engaging activity for students you like to create and play.

### 4. Construct a Pumpkin Display

Students make a pumpkin display with decimals and area. Solving problems for a pumpkin patch to display their pumpkins to attract customers.

Halloween STEM challenges are for students to make connections to math with the STEM process. Students will practice their

**problem solving skills**in many different areas of math. They will enjoy making and learning.
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