Build a Boat STEM Challenge Mini Bundle

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Build a Boat STEM Challenge Mini Bundle

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Individually, or in partners/groups, students work against a criteria and constraints list to build a boat that is designed for capacity and/or speed. You can choose to run the challenge as a single 20-30 minute fun building task to do on a rainy day, or select from multiple options to add layers of depth and rigor.

 

It’s the end of the school year, so your end-of-year activities need to be on-point to keep kids engaged! This boat building STEM / STEAM Challenges is perfect for summer – or any time of the year! It brings the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as fun)!

The basic premise:

Individually, or in partners/groups, students work against a criteria and constraints list to build a boat that is designed for capacity and/or speed. You can choose to run the challenge as a single 20-30 minute fun building task to do on a rainy day, or select from multiple options to add layers of depth and rigor.

 

This mini bundle comes with an “any time” original version and a Mini Mayflower version to use for Thanksgiving.

 

Check out the video preview to see what is included in this resource (skip ahead to 5:47 to see what is included in the resource):

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 (two versions in color and black & white; editable versions provided)
    • Design Analysis Handouts (3-page regular spacing and 5-page expanded spacing for primary students included) (color and black & white)
    • Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)
  • Extension templates
    • Class-wide Data Analysis Activity (editable)
    • Graph Class Data (editable)
    • Calculate Boat Speed (editable)
    • Design Your Own Sailboat experiment (editable & with sample answers)
    • Design Report
    • Create Your Own Word Problems
    • Process Flow Maps

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:

  • Container filled with water to test the boats (be sure to choose a container with appropriate dimensions, or constrain students on length, width, height accordingly. For sailing tests, stream tables, under-bed-storage bins, or kiddie pools work well).
  • Set of uniform objects to measure capacity (pennies, base-ten blocks, paperclips, balance weights, bouncy balls, etc.)
  • Clay, foil and/or wax paper sheets
  • 3×5 cards, paper, coffee filters, etc.
  • Tape (masking tape or packing tape perform best, constrain to 12 in. or less)
  • Scissors

This resource is also available in paperless format and as part of the Mega STEM Challenge bundle. Click through below:

 

PRINTABLE MEGA BUNDLE


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