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Back to School STEM Challenge Activities: 1:1 PAPERLESS Version

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    1. Super-charge your STEM class with 52 high-engagement, critical thinking, problem-solving, NGSS-aligned challenges to take you through the entire year! Modifications are included to make these activities engaging and challenging for students in grades 2 - 8. (Note: Two of the 52 challenges are includ
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    Description

    Back-to-School STEM / STEAM challenges are a great way to build community, establish procedures, and get to know how your kids tick! Plus, they’re a great intro to forces and interactions and Newton’s three laws of motion, which are part of 3rd, 5th grade and middle school NGSS standards! (3PS2-1, 5PS2-1, MS-PS2-1, and MS-PS2-2)

    The basic premise:

    Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build solutions to design challenges using symbols of the season: apples and school supplies! Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for students in grades 2 - 8.

    Bring the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as fun)!

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    Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1 / paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION instead.

    If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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    There are five STEM design challenges included in this bundle:
    Back to School STEM Challenge: Apples Aloft 1:1 PAPERLESS
    Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apples Afar 1:1 PAPERLESS
    Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Annihilator 1:1 PAPERLESS
    Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
    Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apples A-head 1:1 PAPERLESS

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    Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Materials lists can be found in the product descriptions for each individual challenge linked above.

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    Resource includes:

    • Overall STEM Tips
    • Suggestions on timing and whether or not to treat these challenges as competitions
    • What to say (and what not to say) during STEM Challenges
    • 5-event Data Tracker (Google Slide format & printable version)
    • NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

    Teacher Tips

    • Links to STEM Challenge How-To videos
    • Materials and timing
    • Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
    • Measuring results
    • Post-design extension activities list
    • Link to a video walk-through of each challenge

    Student Slides

    • Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
    • Design Analysis
    • Discussion Questions

    Extension slides

    • Process Flow Map
    • Create & Solve Math Problems Based on Designs
    • Several video / website slides for broadening understanding of forces & motion
    • Plus, other design-specific extensions (see each individual challenge resource description page for more details)

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    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 ~60-90 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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    Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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    Total Pages
    150 pages
    Answer Key
    N/A
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
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