Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture Paperless

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Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture Paperless

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This challenge was created as a way to celebrate Black History Month and/or Women’s History Month in science class. The premise is inspired by Sarah E. Goode’s 1885 invention of the folding cabinet bed. She was one of the first African-American women to obtain a patent for her invention!

This challenge was created as a way to celebrate Black History Month and/or Women’s History Month in science class. The premise is inspired by Sarah E. Goode’s 1885 invention of the folding cabinet bed. She was one of the first African-American women to obtain a patent for her invention!

The basic premise:

Working against a criteria/constraints list in groups, students will design and build multi-functional furniture, or furnish an entire apartment.

 


Note: This is the digital format, compatible with Google Slides ™.

For the print version, click here.


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 Slides
    • Post-design extension activities list
    • Link to a video walk-through of the challenge
  • Student Slides
    • Criteria & Constraints List (two levels of difficulty provided; editable)
    • Design Analysis
    • Necessities vs. Niceties for Apartments
    • Sample reference furniture /appliances measurements (in., cm, & blank/editable)
    • Furniture information Slide (record details of design for presentation)
    • Discussion Questions
  • Extension slides
    • Inventor Research Notes
    • Studio Apartment Floor Plan (with clip art)
    • Investor Pitch Planning
    • Pitch Audience Notes Template
    • Pitch Investor Checkbook
    • Process Flow Map
    • Math Extension

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. You don’t need to provide all of the following materials. Select a subset and/or add in your own ideas.)

For each student or group:

  • Card stock or index cards
  • Cardboard scraps
  • String (12 – 24 in.)
  • Craft sticks (4-8)
  • Pipe cleaners (5-10)
  • Masking tape (12 – 24 in.)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Optional:

  • Cereal/tissue boxes
  • Construction paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Single hole punch
  • Paperclips, binder clips, and/or brass brads
  • Straws

This resource is also available in print format and as part of the Late Winter and the Mega STEM Challenge bundles. Click through below:

 

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