StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Cars

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Cars are cool! Especially cars that you make yourself.

We had our StoryBots take this STEM Challenge and you’re gonna love what they came up with. The best part? It’s a STEM Challenge that anyone can complete!

Challenge: Create a cardboard tube car and design it’s power source.

Let’s look at what you need, the instructions…then let’s check out our results!

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Step 1: Find some rolls

Grab some cardboard paper rolls (aka toilet paper rolls). I grabbed five since I was going to make one for each StoryBot! This is the first step because I always forget to save them…just give yourself some time to collect these.

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Step 2: Gather Supplies

Get the supplies…don’t limit yourself to traditional
items! Maker spaces need the most random things. I used markers, glue, pipe cleaners, and construction paper.

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Step 3: Paint

Paint the rolls your favorite color! I painted one tube for each StoryBot!

Step 4: Create an opening


👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job.

Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out three sides of a rectangle, leaving one side intact. Fold the flap inwards and secure with a paperclip.

Step 5: Design Your Engine!

Here’s where the planning comes in. What powers your car? We decided each StoryBots’ car would probably be powered by something different. Take a look at what we came up with. Hopefully these will inspire your own creations!

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  • Name: Beep
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Powered by: Curiosity 🔎

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  • Name: Bang
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Powered by: Music 🎶

Bing Driving Car

  • Name: Bing
  • Favorite Color: Yellow
  • Powered by: Pizza 🍕

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  • Name: Boop
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Powered by: Grumpy Power ☂️

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  • Name: Bo
  • Favorite Color: RAINBOW
  • Powered by: Sparkles!!! 🦄

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What’s gonna power your car? Carrots? Cats? Combs? Let’s us know and use the #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs.

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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Let’s Make a Father’s Day Bow Tie

Father’s Day is coming up and we’ve got a gift you can make for just one dollar (or twenty…or a hundred!). Check out the steps below, taken from our Father’s Day Activity Book (download at!).

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Let’s Make Spinning StoryBot Flyers

In the StoryBots Episode “How Do Airplanes Fly?” we found that *spoiler alert* airplanes fly using four forces: thrust, drag, lift, and weight.

Let’s make some spinning flyers that help us understand the magic of flight…also they’re just really fun to throw!


Print out the StoryBots Spinning Flyers Printable. Try printing it on different types of paper to test out different flyers. We tried card stock and regular printer paper in my experiment.

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Cut on the solid lines only. Don’t cut the dotted lines.

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Fold the bottom in and up. Then make sure you fold the wings out in opposite directions.

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Take your flyer to a high spot and drop, or just see who can throw it the furthest. How long does it take to land? Can you add paperclips to make it spin more? Can you make it lighter? Ask some more questions and do some investigation yourself!

Did you miss this episode (or let’s be honest, wanna rewatch it?). StoryBots is streaming now Netflix!

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Let’s Make a Mother’s Day Bouquet

Moms are the original rockstars. They show us how to make the perfect grilled cheese, they know how to fix any injury, and they tell the best nighttime stories! Let’s make a simple craft that you can customize; make your Mom’s favorite flower (roses, sunflowers, hibiscus?). Hold on…I thought I saw a StoryBot around here somewhere. Any-who, let’s make an easy Mother’s Day Bouquet using tissue paper (an idea from our Mother’s Day Activity Book)!



Time to make the stems. I used coffee stirrers, but you can try pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, straws, or pencils.


We need something to display our dazzling decor. I’ll use a cardboard tube and some construction paper. That looks like…hmm…never mind. Let’s craft!


Check out some shots of the final product. Floral finesse at it’s finest.


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