STEM Starters Archive

Question Mark Good Questions
What questions would you ask to solve these problems?
A lamp won’t light
A shirt doesn’t fit
A bad grade in Social Studies
A dog keeps licking its paws

Candle Flame on Earth vs Space Candle Flame on Earth vs Space
mage Credit: Science@NASA
Compare a burning candle on Earth to a candle burning in Space on the International Space Station (ISS).

Why do these birds flock 
together like this? Why do these birds flock together like this?
Image Credit:
Which bird is the leader?
How do these starlings behave as one?
Explain your answers.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) Electric Vehicles (EVs)
This photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY - SA
How are they different than internal combustion vehicles-those that are powered by the burning of gasoline?

Tomato and the garden Gardening
Does your family garden? What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? And, what does gardening have to do with STEM?

colorful lizard Aunt Jo's Pies
My Aunt Jo uses 2 3-pound sacks of flour to make 10 pies. How many pies could she bake with 3 5-pound bags?

colorful lizard Lizard Run
To make a portable rectangular cage for your pet lizard to run around outside.
Which dimensions would give the lizard the most freedom?

Ever Given - STEM starter Ever Given
Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2021, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
If you worked for the Suez Canal Port Authority scheduling convoys crossing the canal, what information would you need in order to manage the traffic most efficiently?

Viruses - STEM starter Soda Can
Describe what will happen to the soda when the can is opened after being shaken.

Viruses - STEM starter Can you list 5 human diseases caused by viruses?
Try to list 5 viral diseases that you have been vaccinated against.

The Misfit - STEM starter The Misfit
One of these is unlike the others.
Which is it and why?

Ibn Wandrin has lost his way - STEM starter What is the area of this trapezoid in square units?
For what careers is finding areas an important skill?

Ibn Wandrin has lost his way - STEM starter Think Outside The Box
Can you think of a letter that does NOT fit the criteria?
Could you have done it with less work? why or why not?

Ibn Wandrin has lost his way - STEM starter Ibn Wandrin has lost his way
Give him directions to get him back to where he started.
How did you arrive at that answer?

Order! Order! STEM starter Taken from Hubble Telescope
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and TSTcl
Answer one of the questions and be prepared to share your finding

Order! Order! STEM starter Order! Order!
Which combination gives you a number other than 5?

Time for Pumpkins and Gourds! Time for Pumpkins and Gourds!
What is the difference between a squash and a gourd? How do squashes and gourds grow? Did you know that pumpkins are fruits? Why are they classified as such? Are they squashes or gourds?

Road Dashes Road Dashes
Have you ever thought about the dashes down the center of a road? How long do you think they are? Without using a ruler or checking on line, how would you check your answer?

Relationships Relationships
Read down the list of relationships on the left and match it with its counterpart on the right to create an analogy. Describe the relationship in words.

S.K.O.B. in 
Siesta Key FL. This photo was taken at S.K.O.B. in Siesta Key FL.
How many dollar bills are on this wall?

Missing Numbers Missing Numbers
The numbers in each column of the table relate to each other in a certain way. Can you fill in the missing numbers?

Weather Map Alien invaders
Use these pictures to write a short story. It can be fiction, science fiction, or non-fiction

Weather Map Weather Map
The distance from the indicated location (blue dot) to Aurora is 30 miles. By comparing the weather map to the graph, can you tell in which direction the storm is moving?

bug on a surface of water Surface Tension
Some insects can walk on water. How do you think they do it?

Calculator Great Horned Owls
These are male & female Great Horned Owls.
Write 5 things you know about owls.

Calculator Mental Math
Choose the correct answer to these questions:
89 x 4,231
339 ÷ (2/3)

predator prey on the snow What is This?
Find a picture on the internet that supports your hypothesis

predator prey on the snow Around v Through
If it takes 15 minutes to drive around a city, how long do you estimate that it would take to drive through that city?

predator prey on the snow What happened here?
Explain your idea using evidence from the picture.

St. Regis Tower - Jeanne Gang St. Regis Tower
The Tower's shape is known as frustums designed by Jeanne Gang.
What is a frustum?

Frozen Bubble STEM starter Frozen Bubble
This photo was taken on the coldest day of 2021!
What are these objects, and explain why you think so.

Fugnus STEM starter Fungus
Fungus are important to ecosystems. Use this photo to explain why.