Looking for a fun team-building activity for your kids or classroom? Add something sweet to the mix with our Candy Corn Cauldron STEAM challenge!
For this Halloween-themed activity, teams will use their creativity, engineering, and design skills to build a cauldron hanger that can hold the most candy corn.
After completing the Challenge, use the Reflection Questions to help teams reflect on what worked and what could have been improved.
Candy Corn Cauldron STEAM Challenge
CHALLENGE: Using the materials below, design and build a structure from which you can hang a cauldron. Your cauldron must hang from the structure and must not be supported in any other way. Test your cauldron to see how much candy corn it can hold.
MATERIALS: 10 straws (preferably paper), 2 chenille sticks (pipe cleaners), 4 craft sticks, 2 pieces of paper, 4 mailing labels (or 6 inches of tape), 6 inches of string, 1 small paper or plastic cup, 1 bag of candy corn
TIME: 8 minutes (you may provide more time for younger kids)
A. 5 points if your cauldron is successfully hanging from your structure and is not supported in any other way
B. 5 points if your cauldron is at least 2 inches from the surface (measuring from the bottom of the cauldron to the surface on which you built your structure)
C. 5 points if you did not use the cup
D. 3 points for every 5 pieces of candy corn your structure holds
E. Up to 20 points for the creativity of your solution
F. Up to 20 points for how well your group worked together
- What was the most difficult part of the challenge?
- How did you work together as a group to design and create your structure?
- If you could solve this challenge again, how would you improve your design?