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.
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- 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 Slides:
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable slide provided)
- Results and Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions
- Extension templates
- Compare and Order numbers_v1: whole numbers to hundreds
- Compare and Order numbers_v2: decimals to thousandths
- Fraction mix-up: unscramble numerators & denominators to create addends for a given sum
- Number puzzles: identify what sets of numbers have in common
- Math Extension: create your own world problems
- Synonyms and antonyms
- Process Flow Map
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)
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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.
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