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STEM Bins® Essential Kit

STEM bins are great for engineering!


Item IN90666 | Grades K-5
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Developed by Brooke Brown—a National Board Certified Teacher, public speaker, and teacher resources developer who specializes in all things STEM and literacy—this hands-on STEM solution is a creative and developmentally appropriate form of engineering for elementary students. The STEM Bins® Essentials Kit contains a 16-page Teacher Guide with teacher questions and prompts and blackline masters including a blueprint recording sheet, foldable recording booklets, and writing templates; picture task cards; upper-grade written task cards; 8 challenge yourself cards; 8 writing prompt cards; a wide variety of consumable and non-consumable products; and 12 storage bins and labels. STEM Bins align to Science and Engineering Standards.

STEM Bins® allow students to:

  • Think divergently, inventively, and imaginatively
  • Solve a problem with specified constraints
  • Build creative design skills
  • Apply structures to real-world designs
  • Construct a variety of two-dimensional shapes, three-dimensional shapes, lines, and angles using basic geometry
  • Examine multiple perspectives in visual arts
  • Build fine motor skills


  • 18 different manipulatives to use with open-ended STEM activities
  • 12 Storage Bins for the manipulatives
  • 8 Challenge Yourself Cards that take structures to the next level, allowing students to improve and enhance their structures
  • 8 Writing Prompt Cards that allow for literacy extensions
  • 1 Teacher Guide with questions and prompts


Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide & Blackline Masters

Contains Questions and Prompts, My STEM Bins Blueprints sheet, Foldable Recording Booklets, Build, Draw, and Write sheets, STEM Bins Response sheets and blackline masters.


Storage Bins & Labels

12 storage bins and labels that make it easy to know what is inside each STEM Bin.

Task Cards

Task Cards

Designed to inspire and challenge students. 3 sets of Task Cards: 24 Picture Task Cards, 6 Three-Dimensional Shapes Task Cards, and 12 Upper-Grades Task Cards.



18 manipulatives to use with open-ended STEM activities.


  • 100 foam Base Ten Units
  • 50 foam Base Ten Rods
  • 10 foam Base Ten Flats
  • 55 Dominoes
  • 100 foam Pattern Blocks
  • 100 Snap Cubes®
  • 200 Pipe Cleaners
  • 50, 3-oz. Cups
  • 100 Craft Sticks
  • 200 Hook and Loop Fasteners
  • 100, 3" x 5" Index Cards
  • 100, 4" x 6" Index Cards
  • 2 Tape Dispensers with Tape
  • 4, 3-oz. Containers of Play-Doh
  • 500 Toothpicks
  • 24, 1-in. Foam Balls
  • 250 Straws
  • 10 Cardboard Tubes
  •  12 Plastic Storage Bins and Labels
  • Teacher Guide
  • 8 Challenge Yourself Cards
  • 8 Writing Prompt Cards

Area of Focus: Science
SubjectScience Kits(Science)
Product TypeScience Kits(Science)
Item #IN90666

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