Carrot Carriage Paperless STEM Challenge

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Carrot Carriage Paperless STEM Challenge

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In this Easter STEM Challenge, students will design and build a carriage made primarily of carrots that will hold cargo and roll downhill.

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

The basic premise: 

Working against criteria & constraints individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a carriage made primarily of carrots that will hold cargo and roll downhill.

 


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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 Slides:
    • Criteria & Constraints List
    • Results and Design Analysis
    • Discussion Questions
  • Extension templates
    • Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Carrots
    • Top 10 Reasons the Easter Bunny needs a Carrot Carriage
    • Estimate & Measure 1 (inches & centimeters)
    • Estimate & Measure 2 (standard & non-standard with conversion table)
    • Measure & Convert (customary to metric & within metric)
    • Process Flow Map
    • Create Word Problems

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.


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