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Christmas STEM - Tallest Tree Challenge

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 4

Experience hands-on STEM concepts with your students with this Christmas Tree Building STEM project.

Engage Your Future Engineers with a Christmas STEM Challenge!

Get ready for the end of term holidays by prepping a fun and competitive Christmas STEM project! We’ve put together a top-not STEM activity that guides your students to building the tallest standing structure using decorated cups.

Provide students with the instruction, planning, and design documents prior to beginning. Provide them with 20 disposable paper cups and set them to work. They will brainstorm, plan, sketch a schematic, complete the task, and reflect on their findings.

STEM Activities are Perfect for Building Collaborative Skills

In addition to STEM learning, through this activity, students will:

☘️ Exercise critical thinking skills 

☘️ Explore creativity

☘️ Strengthen verbal and motor skills

☘️ Consider cause and effect, and

☘️ Have fun! 

Easily Prepare This Christmas STEM Activity for Your Students

We suggest using sustainable resources like reused or recycled paper and other materials that can be repurposed after completing this activity. 


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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