STEM Challenge: What’s Your Superpower?

What's Your Superpower?

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints


The mayor just shared an amazing secret with me. It seems the traffic jam trolls never really go away. They will strike every day, if we let them. Whenever we find ourselves blaming, complaining, or giving up, it’s because a troll has struck! But we have a super power. We can choose to dodge the trolls by taking positive action. Say it with me: “Dodge that troll!”

Challenge and Constraints

Today, we’re going to make superhero versions of ourselves with a secret compartment to hold that troll-dodging superpower.


You may also provide these optional materials: cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls, Dixie cups, and aluminum foil.


  • Materials: Students can use no more than five of any one material per creation! For example, a student can use five straws and five pieces of paper, but not ten straws. If you provide aluminum foil, no more than one arm’s length piece for each student!
  • Groups: Students can work with a partner or on their own. No groups of three!
  • Time to Build: 45 minutes