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Black History Month STEM Challenge: Functional Furniture Paperless Version

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Description

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:

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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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