Boom or Bust! An Engineering STEM Problem
Trying to incorporate more STEM into your content areas? Boom or Bust! An Engineering STEM problem incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math into your Westward Expansion Social Studies unit. Challenge students to design a transport system to move a sawmill from one location to another. Sounds simple, right? But, wait! Roadblocks happen along the way and students are forced to redesign and rebuild based on the weight of a load, an elevation change, and a terrain change.
This unit includes South Carolina standards that are assessed, graphic organizers to help your students plan their solution, group role cards to stimulate conversation and responsibility, a story path to set the stage, and roadblock challenge cards.