Building Bricks STEM Challenge

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1st - 4th, Homeschool
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Can you design a car that will travel the farthest distance when it leaves a ramp? This activity covers the Next Generation Science Standards of Engineering! There are three differentiated recording sheets:

-One basic one for younger students where they circle the best result after two trials before redesigning their car

-One on which students have three trials and need to find the median

-Finally, one on which older students must find the average of three trials

A tips and suggestions page (including directions for creating a ramp out of classroom materials) and vocabulary list are also in the packet.

YOU NEED building bricks, including WHEELS and AXLES for this activity.

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
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.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-PS2-2
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-1
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

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