Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version

Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture 1:1 Paperless Version
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This STEM Challenge was created as a way to celebrate Black History Month and/or Women’s History Month in science class. The premise is inspired by Sarah E. Goode’s 1885 invention of the folding cabinet bed. She was one of the first African-American women to obtain a patent for her invention!

The basic premise:
Working against a criteria/constraints list in groups, students will design and build multi-functional furniture, or furnish an entire apartment.

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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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This is one of five challenges available in the Late Winter STEM Challenge bundle at a 30% discount!

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Slides Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Slides
- Criteria & Constraints List (two levels of difficulty provided; editable)
- Design Analysis
- Necessities vs. Niceties for Apartments
- Sample reference furniture /appliances measurements (in., cm, & blank/editable)
- Furniture information Slide (record details of design for presentation)
- Discussion Questions

Extension Slides
- Inventor Research Notes
- Studio Apartment Floor Plan (with clip art)
- Investor Pitch Planning
- Pitch Audience Notes Template
- Pitch Investor Checkbook
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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CLICK THE GREEN PREVIEW BUTTON UNDER THE COVER & THUMBNAILS TO SEE THE SLIDES INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE!
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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

– Card stock or index cards
– Cardboard scraps
– String (12 – 24 in.)
– Craft sticks (4-8)
– Pipe cleaners (5-10)
– Masking tape (12 – 24 in.)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Optional
• Cereal/tissue boxes
• Construction paper
• Rubber bands
• Single hole punch
• Paperclips, binder clips, and/or brass brads
• Straws

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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):

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Snow Scoop

Frosted Forest

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

MLK Writing Prompts

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


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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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