Ancient Mesopotamia Activities STEM Project Challenges Cuneiform Ziggurat

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Excellent resource that produced remarkable results for my high level students. Was a great challenge.
This is a great STEM activity. Students were engaged and so creative. It was a wonderful culminating activity.
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Ancient Mesopotamia STEM & STEAM Challenges

Cross-curricular challenges for students who are studying Ancient Civilizations and Ancient Mesopotamia!

This resource has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!

There are 2 Mesopotamia STEM Challenges in this pack. Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.

The STEM Challenges include:

1. Ziggurat Marble Run Challenge!

Watch an example video of a Ziggurat Marble Run Challenge here!

Using a list of supplies, students must design a Ziggurat structure that contains a marble run track. The goal of the stem challenge is to create a design that has the longest properly-functioning marble run track. The marble run can travel up, down, around, or inside the Ziggurat structure. The marble must be dropped at the top of the Ziggurat and after completing it’s course it must end at the bottom of the structure. After completing the projects, the students will measure their marble run with a ruler. (more instructions are given in the resource)

2. Cuneiform Coding Challenge Students must decide on symbols that represent each letter of the alphabet. They must create an answer key of their symbols that correlate with the letters A-Z. Using a sharp pencil as a stylus, students will carve their symbols into their tablet, creating a coded message. The message must be a fact about Ancient Mesopotamia and it must contain at least 5 words. When multiple groups are finished, they will give the Cuneiform tablets to each other and try to guess what the other group’s message is. (more instructions are given in the resource)


✦Need assistance conducting STEM activities in the classroom? Try the STEM Handbook and Guide for Students!

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