Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS

Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally 1:1 PAPERLESS
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This back-to-school STEM / STEAM Challenge brings the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as fun)!

The basic premise:

In partners/groups, students will design and build an apple catcher to keep falling apples from hitting the ground.

Plus, this is a great intro to forces and interactions and Newton’s three laws of motion, which are part of 3rd and middle school NGSS standards! (3PS2-1, MS-PS2-1, and MS-PS2-2)

This challenge is also great for any time of year, but especially in the fall when learning about apples, Johnny Appleseed, or Sir Isaac Newton!

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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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Resource includes:

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 the 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 slides for broadening understanding of forces & motion

- Estimate, Measure, & Convert Mass Practice (teacher-editable)

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

– Apple (1)

– Large boxes without lids (at least 10 in. x 10 in. - shoe boxes, shipping boxes, etc.).

– Try to get similarly-sized boxes or supplement the materials of groups with larger boxes.

– For increased difficulty, have students build on a cardboard or foam board base (no raised edges)

– Cylindrical object (1)

– Coffee can, paper towel tube, water bottle, rolled file folder, 6 or more pencils tied together, etc.

– Pencils (10 - 12)

– Pipe cleaners (10)

– Small and/or large paperclips (20)

– Rubber bands (5 – 10)

– Tape (24 – 36 in.)

– String or yarn (24 – 36 in.)

– Ruler

– Scissors

– Design analysis handouts (included)

Optional

– Craft sticks

– Foil or lunch bags

– Binder clips

– Decorative green & red paper to build out the tree

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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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You might also like these resources:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):

Apples Aloft 1:1 PAPERLESS

Apples Afar 1:1 PAPERLESS

Apple Annihilator 1:1 PAPERLESS

Back-to-School STEM Bundle

Summer STEM Bundle

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE

Or these great resources:

Photosynthesis: Hands-on Modeling Activity

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Speak, Listen & Draw Task Cards

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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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Teaching Duration
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