There are lots of fun STEM activities for middle school students. and these can be used to enhance learning in many ways. If you haven’t added STEM to your homeschool lesson plans yet, this post will help you do just that. You’ll find a variety of activities that accommodate just about every subject for middle schoolers!
What is STEM?
If you’re new to using STEM, then you may be unfamiliar with what it means. In short, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There are also STEAM activities, which simply add the Arts.
Overall, STEM was created as an educational policy that would help intentionally address subjects and concepts often overlooked in the classroom.
It also allows teachers and parents to uniquely add these subjects in a fun way through hands-on activities, projects, experiments, and the like. It’s a great way to enhance critical thinking for younger and high school students.
Using STEM activities is also a great opportunity to work on problem solving skills, math concepts, explore the engineering design process, and tap into student creativity.
Keep reading for a massive roundup of middle school STEM activities.
Fun STEM Activities for Middle School Students
I’ve grouped the activities according to popular STEM topics to make it easier for you to navigate. Be sure to save this post so you can easily access it at any time.
Also, it’s easy to adapt each science experiment or STEM activity to a different grade level. So if you’re homeschooler older students this school year, adding a STEM activity is a perfect way to include the whole family.
These science experiments use various materials to teach science in different ways.
- Soda Bottle Rockets (Hess Unacademy)
- Sedimentary Rocks Model (Preschool POWOL Packets)
- Law of Inertia with a Fidget Spinner (From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom)
- Layers of the Earth Bowls (Red Ted Art)
- Solar Ovens (Teachers Are Terrific) OR How to Make the Best Solar Oven (An Off Grid Life) – so much fun!
- Make a Switch with a Banana (Texas Instruments)
- Ocean Science Experiments (Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls)
The education world is changing fast. Younger students are learning about coding earlier and earlier. Choose one of these as a great activity to use simple materials to introduce technology to your elementary students as well as your middle schoolers.
- Computer Coding Color Mixing (iGame Mom)
- Smart Phone Projector (The STEM Laboratory)
- Message Coding Bracelets (STEAMsational)
- Minecraft Chessboard (STEAMsational)
- Design a Bridge (Adventures in a Messy Life)
- Ancient Greece Architecture Challenge (Preschool POWOL Packets)
- Egg Drop Challenge (Buggy and Buddy)
- Build a Toothpick Bridge (Look! We’re Learning!)
- Spaghetti Tower (Mama Smiles)
- Simple Machine Bird (From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom)
- Stick Raft Building (Kids Craft Room)
- Craft Stick Ferris Wheel (Teachers are Terrific)
- Egg Car Project (Kimberly Repking)
- Geometric Heart (Teach Beside Me)
- Skittles Math (Teach Beside Me)
- One Finger Balance Structure (Gift of Curiosity)
- 100 Cup Tower (Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Surface, Area, and Volume Castles (Taylor J’s Math Materials)
- Future Architect Project (Lindsay Bowden)
Middle School STEM Challenges
These easy STEM challenges are fun activities meant to challenge your middle schooler.
Catapult Challenge (Vivify STEM)
This unique challenge involves giving your students a variety of materials to work with. You can make them all available or limit the amount they can choose. Then, once they’ve made their choice, give them a certain amount of time to use what they picked to make a catapult. Have them test their catapults accuracy and power.
Hurricane STEM Challenge (Carly & Adam)
What better way to see how hurricanes work than to challenge your middle schooler to make one. This project will teach your students how to build a hurricane-proof home and they’ll be able to test for durability.
STEM Challenges for Kids Who Love Games (Student Savvy)
If you have a student who loves games, they will love these ideas by Student Savvy. There are many choices: Code a Video Game, Make a Pinball Machine, Foosball Table Challenge, and more. You’ll fund a fun stem challenge for older kids and younger kids too!
A Week of STEM Challenges (The Ardent Teacher)
Easily add STEM learning to your lesson plans with this week’s worth of STEM challenges. You’ll find a stem activity for each day.
Middle school children will learn how to build a tower with newspapers, make an army man launcher, and more. The best part about it is that you’ll most likely have many supplies necessary to complete the challenges. (Think craft sticks, ice cream, and pipe cleaners.)
So no need to worry about spending any extra money!
You can do many other things with your middle schooler that can make hands-on learning a lot of fun. From paper airplanes to balloon-powered cars, incorporating simple STEM projects is the way to do it.
STEM education is perfect for kids of all ages and will help them have a great time while learning. Which STEM projects are you most excited about doing with your middle schooler?