Basket Bounce Easter STEM Challenge

Basket Bounce Easter STEM Challenge

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In this Easter STEM Challenge, students will design and build a basket that will hold and contain Easter eggs as they participate in a bouncy relay race.

Looking for Easter activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? The Basket Bounce STEM Challenge (or STEAM Challenge) will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise: 

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a basket that will hold and contain Easter eggs as they participate in a bouncy relay race.

  • Directions to conduct the race based on whether students design baskets in groups, partners, or individually are included.


Note: If you are in a 1:1 classroom, you may prefer the
digital format, compatible with Google Slides ™.


Resource includes:

  • NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
  • Teacher Tips:
    • Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
    • Materials and timing
    • Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
    • Measuring results
    • Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts
    • Post-design extension activities list
    • Link to a video walk-through of the challenge
  • Student Handouts:
    • Criteria & Constraints List (in color and B&W; editable version provided)
    • Results and Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded) spacing for primary students included in color and and B&W)
    • Discussion Questions (color and B&W)
  • Extension templates
    • Compare and Order numbers_v1: whole numbers to hundreds (editable)
    • Compare and Order numbers_v2: decimals to thousandths (editable)
    • Fraction mix-up: unscramble numerators & denominators to create addends for a given sum (editable)
    • Number puzzles: identify what sets of numbers have in common (editable)
    • Math Extension: create your own world problems
    • Synonyms and antonyms (editable)
    • Process Flow Map

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)


Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

  • Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
  • Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
  • High levels of student engagement
  • The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
  • Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.


This resource is available in a digital 1:1 format, compatible with Google Slides (TM), as well as in discounted bundles.

 

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Preview Music Credit:

“Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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