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Can You Engineer A Rain Barrel?



April Showers Bring May Flowers! Our STEAM Challenge is a great way to invite kids to practice researching and using their imagination, in a way that will get them excited to jump into Spring.


For this challenge, kids must create a container to hold and dispense rain water with the given materials.


Are you up for the challenge? Can you engineer a rain barrel?


What you need...




What you need to do...


  • Start by telling kids that the objective of this challenge is to engineer a rain barrel, given the materials provided.

  • Give kids the materials needed.

  • Have kids write their name on their Creator Sheet and ask why they think rainwater is better than tap water?

  • Kids will then start brainstorming how they will create their rain barrel using the given materials. Have them write and draw their ideas on their Creator Sheet

  • Have them start to create their own inventions!

  • After kids have created their own inventions, have them test using water.

  • On the Creator Sheet, students will write down any ideas on how they could improve their project, if they wanted to create a new replica.

We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media!

Happy Making,

Maker Maven

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