Australia Safety Capsule STEM Challenge - Engineering Design

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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Take your students on a educational adventure to Australia with this complete lesson! Read the letter from fictitious travel guides explaining the invention of the baby safety capsule (car seat) in Australia. Students will learn about distributing and absorbing forces as they complete demonstration activities and build their own safety capsule!

Click here for an editable STEM journal to use with distance learning, including digital and printable versions.

Have you ever tried walking on eggs? Complete this optional activity to demonstrate the advantage to distributing force throughout a structure. Using the engineering design process, student teams are then tasked with designing and building a safety capsule to protect an egg as it is crash tested into a wall!

Students also learn about the STEM careers of safety engineering and marine ecology to bring in real-world STEM connections. The included mission-related math problems extend the learning fun!

As with many STEM activities that are student-driven, this challenge can be tailored to students of various skill levels and abilities.

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  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
  • Grading rubric for the engineering design process
  • STEM Career Connections
  • Demonstration activity instructions
  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process
  • Math extension problems

Required Materials for Challenge: Paper/plastic cups, tape, foil, index cards, scissors, straws, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, string, plastic sandwich bags, and eggs.

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About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.


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