Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally

Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
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Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
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Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
Back to School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally
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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)! 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!

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)

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*** CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW ***


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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with Google Slides 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 Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (color and black & white; editable version provided)
- 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
- Process Flow Map
- Create Math Problems Based on Designs
- Apple writing templates
- Estimate & Measure Mass worksheet (2 versions; one includes conversion from grams t0 kilograms and milligrams)
- Task card templates & tips


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This is one of five challenges available at a 40% discount in the Back-to-School STEM Challenge Bundle

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:


– 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 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):

Summer STEM Bundle

Back-to-School STEM Bundle

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE

Card Towers STEM Challenge

Build a Boat STEM Challenge

New Earth City STEM Challenge


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 video preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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