This engineering STEM challenge will encourage creative problem solving while developing math skills and teaching students about the needs of birds in the environment. It would be perfect for a winter STEM, Earth Day STEM, Animals in Winter STEM, or a Recycling STEM. This STEM challenge meets several NGSS standards.
Oh no! The birds in the area have lost some plants and trees due to development. They need help with their food supply! Your student engineers need to design a bird feeder from the available materials to help the birds out while sticking to a budget.
Suggested Plan of Implementation:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss “The Problem” slide. Discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – Bird Feeders” slide. Introduce the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Test the structure. Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.
Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included.
You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss with students
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: Bird Feeders" slide to discuss and build background knowledge
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
Bird Feeder Tips Slide
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
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