Bird Feeder STEM Challenge

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4th - 6th
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Here is a great STEM activity that uses seeds in a unique way! You will love watching your students engineer the creation of a bird feeder! Students design their own feeder following the given requirements, and the end results are amazing!

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

In this challenge, students will be using materials to design and build a bird feeder that must be functional and follow construction constraints. Students can view and critique images of bird feeders to help gather ideas and then sketch their own versions. After discussing their options students will list materials needed for the task based on those items you have gathered. The completed bird feeders can be painted and varnished in order to be used outdoors. (Images of bird feeders for your introduction of this task are not included. I gathered images from online sources.)

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes Cardboard pieces, Boxes of all sizes, Plastic water bottles, Craft sticks, Straws, String, Pipe cleaners, Cardboard tubes, Cardstock, Paint and brushes, Varnish, Birdseed,

Hot glue guns, and glue.

The package specifically includes:

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • 5 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints list
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • Extra Hints pages
  • Student lab sheet with sample answers
  • Materials list for student use in an editable format
  • Scoring rubric
  • Editable file with all forms
  • Terms of Use page
  • The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 2-3 class session (2-3 hours) to complete.

This challenge works great with these:

Or you can purchase all three challenges of the seed series in a money-saving bundle!

NOTE: This challenge is available in a digital Distance Learning format.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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