Early Learning Challenge: Getting Creative with Simple Machines

By: Tina Shaffer

Children are natural STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) investigators who are eager to explore, observe, create and ask questions. Our Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge, designed for preschool through second-grade kids, allows them to do just that… all while having fun and making new friends! This play-based Challenge also helps kids develop critical and creative thinking skills, become comfortable working in teams, and learn how to speak in front of an audience.

For this season’s Rising Stars! Challenge (Save the Day), teams will learn about simple and complex machines and use what they have learned to design and build a new invention. Teams will also create a play that tells a story about the new invention and how it helps to save the day.

Are your little superheroes ready to get creative?

Get an inside look at this season’s Rising Stars! Challenge below.


Visit ShopDI.org to purchase your Rising Stars! Team Number today. Access to the 2016-17 Team Challenges will be made available on September 1 at 9 a.m. EST.    

Check out previews for our additional 2016-17 Challenges here.