If you’re tired of leprechaun traps already, Snake Snatcher is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge for you!
In this challenge, students build a device to rid Ireland of snakes as quickly and safely as possible.
– Snakes (10 – 20) will be spread over a map of Ireland (three map options are provided). Student devices must lift snakes from Ireland and drop them in the surrounding ocean.
It’s a perfect introduction to legends, camouflage and mimicry. You can even incorporate integers with snakes and fakes, if that’s part of your standards!
How to Implement the Challenge
Check out this video walk-through of the challenge to see the materials, criteria & constraints, measuring results, cross-curricular extensions and more:
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Amazon Affiliate links are included below.
- Variety of snakes. (10 – 30)
- Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
- Craft Sticks (5-10)
- String/yarn (12 – 24 in.)
- Straws (5 – 10)
- Tape (12 – 24 in.)
- Rubber bands (5 – 10)
- Second timer
- Design analysis handouts (included in resource)
- Map of Ireland (Included in resource)
- Place in sheet protectors or laminate (optional)
- Camouflage & mimicry
- Legends, folklore, myths
- Integers (mix snakes & fakes)
*For additional cross-curricular content connections, check the video at the top of the post.
See the Resources
St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge resources are available on STEMChallenge.com and on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Go to the St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge Resources Hub to See All Five Challenges!