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Students will dive into the engineering design process with this hands-on STEM challenge building a nest to safely catch a falling egg. A follow-up activity teaches biomimicry by relating what was learned in building a bird nest and applying it to designing a landing pad for a space capsule. As a student-driven assignment, the purpose of the teacher is to act as a facilitator. You will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their nests in their teams.Complete teacher instructions and student handouts make this project simple to incorporate STEM into your classroom or program.
This packet includes:
- Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
- Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process
- Student recording sheets for each step of the process
- Biomimicry student handout
- Project reflection questions
- Math connection problems including graphing, ratios/ fractions, measurements, perimeter, and area (applicable sheets in both SI and metric units).
About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stage of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.
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