Characters | A Novel STEM Idea

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1st - 6th, Homeschool
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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).
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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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