Turkey Transporter Thanksgiving STEM Challenge

Turkey Transporter Thanksgiving STEM Challenge

$3.98

Individually, or in partners/groups, students will design and build a way to safely transport a turkey a given distance (e.g. width of the classroom, 15 ft., the top of the stairwell to the ground, etc.).

This Thanksgiving STEM / STEAM Challenge will engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun while following the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World! These Thanksgiving activities are fun AND a good use of instructional time!

The basic premise:

Individually, or in partners/groups, students will design and build a way to safely transport a turkey a given distance (e.g. width of the classroom, 15 ft., the top of the stairwell to the ground, etc.).

— Because this can be treated as two separate challenges, two criteria/constraints lists have been provided: one for the turkey traveling a horizontal distance quickly and a second for a vertical drop, arriving gently/slowly.

Check out the video preview to see what is included in this resource (skip ahead to 4:52 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 (color and black & white; editable version provided)
    • Turkey Template
    • Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included) (color and black & white)
    • Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)
  • Extension templates
    • Calculating speed handout (includes editable version)
    • 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:

  • Copies of Turkey handouts (included)
  • Timer
  • Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
  • Popsicle/craft sticks (5 – 10)
  • Rope and/or string (Equal amount to distance requirement)
  • Paper plate(s) and/or bowls
  • Coffee filters
  • Straws (5 – 10)
  • Binder clips (1-3, various sizes)
  • Clothespins (3 – 5)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tapes (tip: pick up paper measuring tapes from Ikea)

Optional:

  • Cardboard
  • Cable ties
  • Rubber bands
  • Small cups

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

 

PRINTABLE MEGA BUNDLE

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