Characters | A Novel STEM Idea

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Characters | A Novel STEM Idea

Engineering Character Statues

Explore literature with this STEM activity in which students combine their knowledge of a novel character with what they know about mechanics and building structures. Students are challenged to create a statue prototype that has at least one moving part. Then they must create a stand to support their statue. Using easily available materials, students in grades 1-6 will be guided through the engineering design process while working in collaborative groups. Teachers are provided with a complete packet that includes student worksheets, teacher notes, a rubric for assessment and a design brief poster. Team skills of problem solving, planning, perseverance, patience and presentation are stressed. This is a fun stand-alone culminating activity for younger students or it can be integrated into a larger writing project for older students.

*NOTE : This is the same STEM activity as Positively Presidential with a changed theme. Please check if you have already purchased this packet.

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19 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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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.
NGSS3-5-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.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

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