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Spectacular Fall STEM Challenges that Make Learning Fun

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We’re big fans of STEM activities and love trying STEM projects for elementary, STEM activities for kindergarten and everything in between.

But when kids go back to school and the air starts to cool, it’s fall STEM activities that we’re interested in trying. 

This year, I created some fun fall STEM challenges that you can print out and use to make your STEM learning fall-themed!

Fall STEM challenges provide a fun fall twist on classic STEM activities for kids. Try these printable fall STEM challenge cards to make your science class easy and fun! #science #stemed #stemactivities #scienceclass #scienceforkids

These fall STEM projects will delight kids of all ages, but are particularly designed for kids in elementary school.

Each easy STEM challenge for fall can be adapted to suit the learning needs and interest level of kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

When we put our fall STEM challenge cards into a jar and selected one at random to try, we pulled out the fall lava lamp card!

You may also love our list of the ultimate science experiments for kidsSTEAM fall projects for kids, and our list of fall science experiments for kids!

And check out this list of fall science experiments for kindergarten!

SPARK AN INTEREST IN LEARNING WITH THESE FALL STEM CHALLENGES

These printable fall STEM challenge cards are completely free, and so easy to use! Just download the file, print out the cards onto cardstock paper, laminate the cards if you wish, and put them in a jar!

When you’re ready to try a new challenge, pull out a card and use it as inspiration for your fall STEM learning.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO COMPLETE THESE FALL STEM PROJECTS

You’ll find a list of essential supplies for your fall STEM projects below. This post contains affiliate links.

When you purchase through one of my links, I may earn a small commission on the sale.

If you love science and STEM but don’t like hunting for supplies, we love the Mel Science kits. They have options for elementary and middle school, and each kit comes with all the supplies needed for each experiment!

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After you click the download link above, you’ll be sent your challenge cards via email.

After your download your cards, print them onto cardstock paper (laminate them for greater durability) cut them apart, and store in a jar!

When you’re ready to try a new STEM challenge, pull out a card and complete the challenge!

fall STEM challenge cards in a mason jar

Lava Lamp Science Explanation

Fall is more fun with STEM activities! These easy fall STEM challenge cards are a fun way to bring seasonal fun to STEM lesson plans. #handsonlearning #stemed #stemactivities #fallactivities

Alka-Seltzer contains baking soda and citric acid.

When the tablet hits the water, a chemical reaction between the acid in the citric acid and the base in the baking soda causes carbon dioxide gas to form.

When this happens, the gas makes small bubbles in the water that rise to the surface of the jar because gas is lighter than water and oil.

But as the gas rises, it takes a small amount of the colored water with it, creating a lava-like effect as the bubbles travel through the oil layer, which slows their movement.

You can learn quite a bit with a lava lamp science project!

fall stem challenge cards

OUR FALL STEM PROJECT- FALL LAVA LAMP

These easy STEM challenges for fall are the perfect way to bring fun back to STEM activities! A twist of STEM challenges and a twist of fall fun are the perfect way to bring STEM projects to life! #stemactivities #stemed #scienceclass #scienceforkids #scienceexperiments

For our fall STEM project we pulled out the lava lamp card.

For this project, we used vegetable oil, water, orange food coloring, a mason jar, and Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with water and dye it orange.

Fill the jar the rest of the way with vegetable oil.

fall STEM challenges in a mason jar

Drop in an Alka-Seltzer tab and watch the science happen!

Fall lava lamp science experiment in a mason jar

MORE FALL STEM ACTIVITIES TO TRY

Salt Crystal Apples

Make Your Own Butter

Apple Tree Life Cycle 

fall stem challenge cards

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